HaxePunk shooting game tutorial: Part 10

posted on Oct 05, 2014 in Haxe, OpenFL, Game design, HaxePunk
HaxePunk shooting game tutorial circle mask collision

In this part collectible powerups will be added.

These powerups will increase the life count of the player by 1 when touched by the player's ship.

To handle this kind of collision, we'll use a Circle mask. Until now I've only covered how to use hitboxes, but HaxePunk offers more geometrical ways to detect collision between entities.

Just like with hitboxes, we're using the collide() function to check for collision, but instead of applying a hitbox to an Entity, we'll apply a mask.

Create a new PowerUp.hx Entity subclass and add this code to it:

package ;
import com.haxepunk.Entity;
import com.haxepunk.HXP;
import com.haxepunk.masks.Circle;

 * Power up.
 * @author Kirill Poletaev
class PowerUp extends Entity
	private var speed:Int;
	private var lifeCounter:LifeCounter;

	public function new(g:Dynamic, lifeCounter:LifeCounter) 
		graphic = g;
		speed = 5;
		mask = new Circle(12, 12, 12);
		this.lifeCounter = lifeCounter;
	override public function update() {
		this.y += speed;
		if (this.y > HXP.height) {
		var collidedEntity = collide("player", x, y);
		if (collidedEntity != null) {

If you look at the constructor, you'll see that I create a new Circle() instance and apply it to this object's mask property. This means I've just setup a hit area in the shape of a circle to this entity.

The rest of the code applies an image to the Entity and makes it move downwards at a steady speed. When the collision is detected between this Entity and the PlayerShip instance, the health of the player is increased by 1 and this powerup is removed from the scene.

Now we just need to update MainScene.hx to spawn powerups at random intervals. I introduce 2 new variables - powerupInterval (with similar purpose to spawnInterval) and powerupGraphic (similar to enemyGraphic).

Set initial values to both of these variables in the init() function, and add a spawning mechanism to the update() method.

We end up with this code in MainScene.hx:

package ;

import com.haxepunk.graphics.atlas.TextureAtlas;
import com.haxepunk.graphics.Image;
import com.haxepunk.HXP;
import com.haxepunk.Scene;
import com.haxepunk.utils.Input;
import com.haxepunk.utils.Key;

class MainScene extends Scene
	private var player:PlayerShip;
	private var spawnInterval:Int;
	private var powerupInterval:Int;
	private var enemyGraphic:Image;
	private var powerupGraphic:Image;
	private var explosion:Explosion;
	private var score:Score;
	private var paused:Bool;
	private var pausedText:PausedText;
	private var lifeCounter:LifeCounter;
	private var playing:Bool;
	private var gameOverScreen:GameOverScreen;
	public function new()
		Input.define("up", [Key.UP, Key.W]);
		Input.define("down", [Key.DOWN, Key.S]);
		Input.define("left", [Key.LEFT, Key.A]);
		Input.define("right", [Key.RIGHT, Key.D]);
		var atlas:TextureAtlas = TextureAtlas.loadTexturePacker("atlas/atlas.xml");
		enemyGraphic = new Image(atlas.getRegion("enemyShip"));
		powerupGraphic = new Image(atlas.getRegion("powerup"));
		player = new PlayerShip(atlas);
		spawnInterval = Math.round(Math.random() * 50) + 50;
		powerupInterval = Math.round(Math.random() * 200) + 150;
		explosion = new Explosion(atlas);
		score = new Score();
		paused = false;
		pausedText = new PausedText();
		pausedText.visible = false;
		lifeCounter = new LifeCounter(new Image(atlas.getRegion("heart")));
		lifeCounter.moveTo(10, 10);
		playing = true;
		gameOverScreen = new GameOverScreen();
		gameOverScreen.visible = false;
	override public function update() {	
		if (Input.pressed(Key.P)) {
		if (paused) return;
		if (!playing && Input.pressed(Key.ENTER)) {
		if (!playing) return;
		if (spawnInterval == 0) {
			var enemy = new EnemyShip(enemyGraphic, explosion, score, lifeCounter);
			enemy.x = Math.round(Math.random() * (HXP.width-64));
			enemy.y = -50;
			spawnInterval = Math.round(Math.random() * 20)+30;
		if (powerupInterval == 0) {
			var powerup = new PowerUp(powerupGraphic, lifeCounter);
			powerup.x = Math.round(Math.random() * (HXP.width-64));
			powerup.y = -50;
			powerupInterval = Math.round(Math.random() * 200) + 150;
	public function togglePause() {
		paused = !paused;
		pausedText.visible = !pausedText.visible;
	public function gameOver() {
		playing = false;
		var i:Int;
		for(i in 0...30){
			explosion.explode(player.x, player.y);
		player.active = false;
		player.collidable = false;
		player.visible = false;
		gameOverScreen.visible = true;
	public function restart() {
		playing = true;
		player.active = true;
		player.collidable = true;
		player.visible = true;
		player.x = HXP.width/2 - player.width/2;
		player.y = HXP.height - 80;
		gameOverScreen.visible = false;

This is how you use a Circle mask to detect collision with round objects. There are other types of masks in HaxePunk that you can use similarly.

In the next part we'll see how to save the highscore locally!


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