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How to Make a Platformer Using libGDX

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Overview

'2D Game Development with libGDX' explored the basics of the libGDX game framework, from simple drawing to user input.

This course will use those skills to create a much more sophisticated platforming game called GigaGal. In creating GigaGal, you'll learn about sprite drawing, keeping track of complex game state, controlling interactions between game entities, and also how to load and manage level data.



Why Take This Course?

Making and playing games is easily the most fun you can have with a computer, but there are real career opportunities here as well. Over the last decade, mobile gaming has grown into a huge market. Independent game developers are enjoying unparalleled success, and established gaming studios are hiring faster than ever.

In the course '2D Game Development with libGDX' you learned to build a simple game. Now, you'll learn to build a platformer. These are the skills you'll need to enter the world of professional game development.

Syllabus

Level 2-1: Sprites and Animations

Learn to draw using predefined sprites and combine sprites into animations and stretchable nine-patches. Finally, you'll learn to pack many sprites into a texture atlas that can be efficiently loaded by your game.

Level 2-2: The Player

Create GigaGal and give her the ability to move and jump. You'll add separate sprites for facing left, facing right, standing, and jumping. Then, you will add an animation for GigaGal's walk.

Level 2-3: The Platforms

Add the platforms to GigaGal and allow GigaGal to jump on them and fall off again.

Level 2-4: The Camera

Set up the camera to follow GigaGal around the level.

Level 2-5: The Enemies

Add GigaGal's evil robot adversaries.

Level 2-6: The Bullets

Let GigaGal fight back with her arm cannon and create awesome explosions when she scores a hit.

Level 2-7: Level Loading

With the gameplay complete, add the ability to load level data created in an external tool.

Level 2-8: Adding the HUD and onscreen controls

Add a score display, lives counter, and on screen controls for mobile players.

Taught by

Peter Heinrich and Jeremy Silver

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