How to Create a Brick Breaker Game in AS2 – Part 4

Part 4: Hit Testing the Bricks

Now that we’ve actually made the bricks, we can now break them with our ball… Anyway, this will be pretty easy to accomplish. All you have to do is change this code in the makeLvl() function:

		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 ++;
				}
			}
		}

to this:

		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;
			//giving this brick some actions
			_root['brick'+i].onEnterFrame = function(){
				if(this.hitTest(_root.mcBall)){//if this touches the ball
					//then destroy this mofugger!
					this.removeMovieClip();
					//and make the ball bounce away
					ballYSpeed *= -1;
				}
			}
			//checks if the current brick needs a new row
			for(var c:Number = 1;c<=10;c++){
				if(i == c*7-1){
					brickRow ++;
				}
			}
		}

That was pretty easy, wasn’t it? Definitely much easier than what had to be done in AS3. Well, since we have time, I’m going to post here what your code should look like at this time:

Frame 1:

//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);

Frame 2:

stop();
//These variables are needed for moving the ball
var ballXSpeed:Number = 10; //X Speed of the Ball
var ballYSpeed:Number = 10; //Y Speed of the Ball
 
onEnterFrame = function(){ //this function will run during every single frame
	//The paddle follows the mouse
	mcPaddle._x = _xmouse - mcPaddle._width*.5;
 
	//If the mouse goes off too far to the left
	if(_xmouse < mcPaddle._width / 2){
		//Keep the paddle on stage
		mcPaddle._x = 0;
	}
	//If the mouse goes off too far to the right
	if(_xmouse > Stage.width - mcPaddle._width / 2){
		//Keep the paddle on stage
		mcPaddle._x = Stage.width - mcPaddle._width;
	}
 
	//MOVING THE BALL
	mcBall._x += ballXSpeed;
	mcBall._y += ballYSpeed;
	//Bouncing the ball off of the walls
	if(mcBall._x >= Stage.width-mcBall._width){
		//if the ball hits the right side
		//of the screen, then bounce off
		ballXSpeed *= -1;
	}
	if(mcBall._x <= 0){
		//if the ball hits the left side
		//of the screen, then bounce off
		ballXSpeed *= -1;
	}
	if(mcBall._y >= Stage.height-mcBall._height){
		//if the ball hits the bottom
		//then bounce up
		ballYSpeed *= -1;
	}
	if(mcBall._y <= 0){
		//if the ball hits the top
		//then bounce down
		ballYSpeed *= -1;
	}
 
 
 
	if(mcBall.hitTest(mcPaddle)){
		//calculate the ball angle if ball hits paddle
		calcBallAngle();
	}
}
 
function calcBallAngle():Void{
	//ballPosition is the position of the ball is on the paddle
	var ballPosition:Number = mcBall._x - mcPaddle._x;
	//hitPercent converts ballPosition into a percent
	//All the way to the left is -.5
	//All the way to the right is .5
	//The center is 0
	var hitPercent:Number = (ballPosition / (mcPaddle._width - mcBall._width)) - .5;
	//Gets the hitPercent and makes it a larger number so the
	//ball actually bounces
	ballXSpeed = hitPercent * 10;
	//Making the ball bounce back up
	ballYSpeed *= -1;
}
 
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;
			//giving this brick some actions
			_root['brick'+i].onEnterFrame = function(){
				if(this.hitTest(_root.mcBall)){//if this touches the ball
					//then destroy this mofugger!
					this.removeMovieClip();
					//and make the ball bounce away
					ballYSpeed *= -1;
				}
			}
			//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

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