Let the bunny fall

Let the bunny fall

January 16, 2015

Project: Build Flappy Bird with SpriteBuilder and Cocos2D in Swift

Next, you'll enable physics on the bunny and add a physics node to the scene.

Add the physics node

Because the Hoppy Bunny Swift game uses physics, you need to add a CCPhysicsNode.

Open MainScene.ccb and drag a Physics Node from the Node Library View onto the stage. Set the size of the Physics Node to be a 100% of the parent's size:

Set the size of physics node

Make the ground static

Select the ground node. On its Item Physics tab, enable physics and make it a Static body.

Make the ground static

Drag the ground node into the timeline so it becomes a child of the CCPhysicsNode. Remember that every Node that has physics enabled needs to be below a CCPhysicsNode in the hierarchy; otherwise, it will not behave like a physics object, nor will it collide with other physics bodies.

Enable bunny physics

Open Hero.ccb and select the Bunny sprite. Switch to the Item Physics tab and check the enable physics checkbox. Make sure the body type is set to Dynamic.

Enabling bunny physics

Add the bunny to the world

To add the bunny to the game, drag the Hero.ccb file onto the stage. This will automatically create a Sub File node referencing the Hero.ccb contents. Make the Bunny a child of the CCPhysicsNode (drag & drop in the timeline to reorder it).

Sometimes Sub Files are not displayed properly when initially placed into a scene.

If a Sub File is not visible, publish your project. If it is still not visible, check its order in the animation timeline as it may be hidden under something else in the scene.

Add the crystals

Before you run the game, let's add some crystals above the ground to complete the visual appeal of Hoppy Bunny Swift by adding bg_crystals.png onto the stage:

Adding crystals

Set the position of the crystal to (160.0, 134.0). Make sure all the decorative elements are placed above the CCPhysicsNode in the timeline. This will ensure that the hero and ground will be drawn in front of the background images like the clouds and crystals.

Like the ground's position, the crystals are being positioned where we think they look best. It is fine if you want to choose a different y-value for their position!

Check your progress

You are ready to publish your project and run the App from Xcode! When you run your project, you should see the bunny slowly sailing down and coming to a rest on the ground:

Bunny falling

Remember, to open your project in Xcode, select File -> Open Project in Xcode. While in Xcode, you can run your project by going selecting Product -> Run.

Great! Now let's get our bunny hopping!


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

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