Basic concepts of a side scroller

Basic concepts of a side scroller

January 16, 2015

Project: Build Flappy Bird with SpriteBuilder and Cocos2D in Swift

If you have never built a side scroller before, this introduction will help you understand the basic concepts. Some developers start developing a side scroller with a static (immovable) hero and a level that scrolls towards this hero. However, for physics engines, it is a lot easier if the hero moves through the world/level rather than the entire world moving toward the hero, so that's what we'll do here.

We will implement the game as follows:

  • The obstacles in the level are static
  • The bunny moves to the right at constant speed
  • The camera follows the bunny
  • The objects are created on the right side before they come into view
  • The objects are deleted once they've moved outside the left boundary of the view

Create a new project

If you haven't already, it's time to make a SpriteBuilder project for Hoppy Bunny! If you did this in the Getting started with SpriteBuilder and Cocos2D in Swift tutorial, then move on to Adding artwork.

The first step is to create a new SpriteBuilder project by opening SpriteBuilder and selecting File > New > Project. You need to select Swift as the Primary Language in the New File dialog as highlighted below:

Select Swift as primary language

Adding artwork

After the project is created, you should download our art pack for this game. Add the art pack you just downloaded to your SpriteBuilder project by first unpacking the archive, then dragging the folder onto the File View in SpriteBuilder (lower left area where files & folders are displayed):

Dragging folder on file view


If you have feedback on this tutorial or find any mistakes, please open issues on the GitHub Repository.

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