More advanced games

These games demonstrate some essential building blocks you will need to make more advanced games of your own.

Lists

We introduced lists in Program 2.12. In this game, we create an empty list = [] and use a loop to fill it with alien Actors.

We again use loops to draw all the aliens and move all the aliens in the list. When the mouse is clicked we add a new alien to the list.

WIDTH = 500
HEIGHT = 500

aliens = []
for i in range(0,10):
    aliens.append(Actor('alien', (i*30, i*30)))

def draw():
    screen.clear()
    for alien in aliens:
        alien.draw()

def update():
    for alien in aliens:
        alien.x += 2
        if alien.x > WIDTH:
            alien.x = 0

def on_mouse_down(pos, button):
    aliens.append(Actor('alien', pos))

Advanced

Go back to a previous game (e.g. Program 5.1) and add a list of bullets that move up the screen. When the player presses the spacebar to shoot, add a new bullet to the list.

Animation

Animation is another use for functions. (See Program 2.17) We define our own function and then ask Pygame to call it back every 0.2 seconds. Most of this code is from Program 5.1.

alien = Actor("alien")
alien.pos = (200, 200)

def draw():
    screen.clear()
    alien.draw()

def update():
    if keyboard.right:
        alien.x = alien.x + 2
    elif keyboard.left:
        alien.x = alien.x - 2

images = ["alien_hurt", "alien"]
image_counter = 0

def animateAlien():
    global image_counter
    alien.image = images[image_counter % len(images)]
    image_counter += 1

clock.schedule_interval(animateAlien, 0.2)

Exercise

Make the alien animate more quickly.

Advanced

Add another image to the list of images.

Advanced

Draw your own animation, e.g. a man walking left which plays when the left key is pressed

Simple physics

Here we draw a ball and move it, like we did in Program 4.2. But instead of moving it by a fixed number of pixels, we store the number of pixels to move in variables, vx and vy. These are velocities, i.e. speed in a fixed direction. vx is the speed in the horizontal direction and vy is the speed in the vertical direction. This allow us to change the velocity. Here we reverse the velocity when the ball hits the edge of the screen.

WIDTH = 500
HEIGHT = 500

ball = Rect((200, 400), (20, 20))
vx = 1
vy = 1

def draw():
    screen.clear()
    screen.draw.filled_rect(ball, "red")

def update():
    global vx, vy
    ball.x += vx
    ball.y += vy
    if ball.right > WIDTH or ball.left < 0:
        vx = -vx
    if ball.bottom > HEIGHT or ball.top < 0:
        vy = -vy

Program 7.3 Simple physics: velocity

Advanced

Make the ball move faster by increasing its velocity each time it hits the sides.

Bat and ball game

Pong is the classic bat and ball game.

WIDTH = 500
HEIGHT = 500

ball = Rect((150, 400), (20, 20))
bat = Rect((200, 480), (60, 20))
vx = 4
vy = 4

def draw():
    screen.clear()
    screen.draw.filled_rect(ball, "red")
    screen.draw.filled_rect(bat, "white")

def update():
    global vx, vy
    ball.x += vx
    ball.y += vy
    if ball.right > WIDTH or ball.left < 0:
        vx = -vx
    if ball.colliderect(bat) or ball.top < 0:
        vy = -vy
    if ball.bottom > HEIGHT:
        exit()
    if(keyboard.right):
        bat.x += 2
    elif(keyboard.left):
        bat.x -= 2

Exercise

Make the ball move more quickly.

Advanced

Add bricks (Rects) that disappear when the ball hits them.

Timer

The update() and draw() functions are called by Pygame many times every second. Each time draw() is called we say it draws one frame. The exact number of frames per second is called the framerate and it will vary from one computer to another. Therefore counting frames is not the most reliable way of keeping time.

Fortunately Pygame can tell us exactly how much many seconds have passed since the last frame in a parameter to our update function. We use this delta time to keep a timer.

timer = 0

def update(dt):
    global timer
    timer += dt


def draw():
    screen.clear()
    screen.draw.text(f"Time passed: {timer}", (0, 0))
    if timer > 5:
        screen.draw.textbox("Time's up!", Rect(50, 50, 200, 200))

Program 7.5 Timer

Exercise

Make the timer count down, not up.

Callbacks: another kind of timer

Pygame has its own clock which we can use by asking it to callback one of our functions at a certain time, or regularly over and over at an interval.

import random

aliens = []

def add_alien():
    aliens.append(
        Actor("alien", (random.randint(0,500), random.randint(0,500)))
    )

# call add_alien once, 0.5 seconds from now
clock.schedule(add_alien, 0.5)

# call add_alien over and over again, ever 2 seconds
clock.schedule_interval(add_alien, 2.0)

def draw():
    screen.clear()
    for alien in aliens:
        alien.draw()

Exercise

Make the aliens appear more often.

Advanced

Use len(aliens) to print how many aliens there are

Advanced

When there are too many aliens, stop adding them using this code: clock.unschedule(add_alien)


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