How to Create a Brick Breaker Game in AS2 – Part 3

Part 3: Setting Up the Bricks on Stage

Ok, we’ve got the paddle and the ball. Now, the only major thing left to program is the brick. This is also the hardest to program, so it will be split up into 2 parts, setting them up, and breaking them down. Let us begin.

First of all, we need to look at how we’re going to set the bricks on the stage. We’re going to use an array with different numbers that will signify different bricks. In this tutorial, because we are keeping it simple, we will only use 2 different numbers, 1 and 0. 1 will mean to place a brick, and 0 will mean and empty space. An example for a simple level would be this:

//this would create one row of bricks
lvl1Array:Array = new Array(1,1,1,1,1,1,1);

Of course, this code will do nothing unless we create a function to actually make the bricks. The first step to this is actually making the brick MovieClip. So, mine is just going to be a plain white, with dimensions of 70×15 pixels. Also, this MovieClip should be exported for ActionScript so we can dynamically add it to the stage.
Convert your brick

Got it? Now, here comes the tricky part, programming it. First of all, we are going to define a function called makeLvl(). Then, we are going to need to make some starting variables. These variables, however, can’t be reset every time the user beats a level, so it we have to make a frame before the the frame with all of the code. If you don’t get it, then here’s a picture.
Making a new frame at the beginning

In this frame, put the following code:

//Current level player is on
var currentLvl:Number = 1;
//The array code for lvl 1
var lvl1Code:Array = new Array(1,1,1,1,1,1,1);
//The array that contains all of the level codes
var lvlArray:Array = new Array(lvl1Code);

Hopefully, I’ve explained what each of the variables do well enough that you understand. Also, in the 2nd frame, the game frame, just add a stop(); to the beginning. This way, the game doesn’t keep on looping.

Now, we’re going to go back to the game farme and we are going to add some intense code into the makeLvl() function. Here we go:

function makeLvl():Void{ //Places bricks onto Level
	//finding the array length of the lvl code
	//The index has to be currentLvl-1 because:
	//array indexes start on 0 and our lvl starts at 1
	//our level will always be 1 higher than the actual index of the array
	var arrayLength:Number = _root.lvlArray[currentLvl-1].length;
	//the current row of bricks we are creating
	var brickRow:Number = 0;
	//Now, creating a loop which places the bricks onto the stage
	for(var i:Number = 0;i<arrayLength;i++){
		//checking if it should place a brick there
		if(lvlArray[currentLvl-1][i] == 1){
			//creating a variable which holds the brick instance
			_root.attachMovie('mcBrick', 'brick'+i,_root.getNextHighestDepth());
			//setting the brick's coordinates via the i variable and brickRow
			_root['brick'+i]._x = 15+(i-brickRow*7)*75;
			_root['brick'+i]._y = 10+brickRow*20;
			//checks if the current brick needs a new row
			for(var c:Number = 1;c<=10;c++){
				if(i == c*7-1){
					brickRow ++;
makeLvl(); //finally, run the function

The next step is getting the ball to break the bricks. But, that is for a later time.

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