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Thread: 2D Side view shooter - Where can I find a good tutorial to get started?

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    2D Side view shooter - Where can I find a good tutorial to get started?

    I'm planning on doing a 2D side view shooter (metal slug style) in Flash but I honestly don't know where to start.
    Does anyone know where I can get some good tutorials to start off?
    Thanks in advance.

    I have Flash MX 2004 Pro btw...

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    I can help! My AIM is freakazoid642! How good are you at AS? Do you want an example? Here:

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    Hmm, I don't have AIM...
    Well, I'm kind of new to AS, I just know the basic stuff to create some flash cartoon movies but I learn fast, that's why I want a tutorial.
    Thanks anyway.

  4. #4
    Ok...
    I'll probably whip up a (Flash) tutorial. In the meantime, I would check out www.flashkit.com for game tuts. (No offense kirupa )

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    I've been looking around and found some useful things.
    I know how to make a character go left, right, up and down but how can I make a character change the image when I go left or right? To simplifie: When character is NOT moving then animation "standing.png" and when character is moving then this animation "waling.png". How can I do this?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Your using "LoadMovie"? Dont. Use gotoAndStop with movie clips inside movie clips. Liek theres a mainchar movie clip, and on frame 1 theres stop(); and then on frame 2, theres the walkin anim and so on. then u cud say
    if (Key.isDown(Key.RIGHT)){
    this._xscale = 100;
    this.gotoAndStop(2);
    }else {
    this.gotoAndStop(1);
    }

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    Got it to work, thanks!

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    Your welcome! Need any more help? Like shooting?

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    I'll need help on shooting but I'll leave that for later. If I need anything I'll post
    Thanks again!

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    Hmm, I can't get the gun shooting animation (just the animation, no shooting anything yet, just sound) working correctly.
    I have the gun bitmap as a movie clip with the following frames inside:
    Frame 1 - Plain gun bitmap with stop action
    Frame 2 - Gun with little yellow thing at the end (just to look like its firing) and shot sound streaming.
    I can't seem to get the sound to play, and the gun just stays with the yellow thing, it doesn't return to the normal postion.
    This is what I have in the movie clip actions:

    onClipEvent (keyDown) {
    if (Key.isDown(Key.SPACE)) {
    this.gotoAndStop(2);
    } else {
    this.gotoAndStop(1);
    }
    }

    Any help?

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    try putting the shooting "animation" into its own MC liek i xplained earlier.

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    Hmm, it works now, I changed the 'gotoAndStop' commands to 'gotoAndPlay'.
    Now the only problem is holding the fire key, I can't get the fire to repeat at a certain point. Since it's a machine gun and the shoot sound is one bullet at a time, the sound must repeat about half way through the full sound for a correct rate of fire, I can't really explain it so if you don't understand there's no way I can explain better.
    Btw, I don't understand the MC inside MC thing, could you explain better?
    Thanks.

    And another quick thing, how do I set the action for the left mouse button instead of space, left arrow key, etc.?

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    for mouse:

    on(mouseDown) {
    //shooting crap
    }
    onClipEvent(load) {
    this.startDrag(true);
    }

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    id appretiate your appretiation

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    Oh, yes, sorry!
    Lol, thanks!

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