Modular Game Template

Get Started

You bought our Modular Game Template and now what? Here I going to explain you how to get started. If you already have experiences with Construct you can skip this of course.

Construct 2

Our template is a good opportunity to start wortking with Construct 2. But what actually is Construct? Well Construct 2 is an awesome game-building tool making it easy and possible for everybody to make his/her own games. The best is, you don’t need to write one line of code. Awesome, isn’t it?

  Scirra

If you are completely new to Construct you are here at the right place. I will demonstrate you all steps to successfully use our Modular Game Template and to build your awesome game.

Download the latest Version

Generally we are using the latest stable version of Construct 2. If you get an error message that you are using an old version, please visit this link and download the latest version of construct. Otherwise you cannot open newer projects.

  Download latest stable Version

It’s  not recommended to use the beta version for production or your projects.

Install plugins

Often you will find additional plugins in our package, like here. In the case that we used additional plugins you have to install them first in order to open the project file.

Unpack the plugin archive located in the folder Plugins and you’ll find some diffrent files (for example see the screen shot below, your plugin files can look diffrently).

archive_content

Go to your installation folder of construct 2 and visit ‘\Construct 2\exporters\html5\plugins’. Create a new folder and name it like your plugin, for example ‘PhonegapPowermanagement’ and copy the the unpacked content into this folder.

  • common.js
  • edittime.js
  • PluginIcon.ico
  • runtime.js

Then start Construct 2 and the installed plugin will be available for use.

pm_plugin_insert

Open the Project

The Construct 2 Project file (.capx) is located in the Source folder. If you have installed all needed plugins you can open it by a simple double-click on the .capx file. If you get any errors please check if you have installed the latest version (at least r212.2) and if you have installed all needed plugins listed below:

  • Phonegap Analytics
  • Cordova Game
  • Cordova InGame

If you still get any errors, please let us know by opening a new topic in our support forum.

  Get Support

Game Moduls

  • Sick of starting from scratch with Construct 2?
  • Sick of struggling with basic function taking too much time to implement?

Then take a look at our new Modular Game Template (MGT) available exclusive in the Scirra Store! It never has been easier to start a new game from scratch! With our ‘Module Game Template’ you can easily switch moduls on or off without changing the code.

The configuration file

gtm_circle_config

The Template comes along with a configuration event sheet called “es_config”. This file allows you to easily switch moduls on or off.

You fill find the description for all modules below.

 

 

Live Demo

Here you can start the demo, but note that the modules for Analytics, Ads and Leaderboard are only working if the game has been compiled with Intel XDK.

  Play the Demo (Scirra Arcade)

Features

Don’t waste your time with coding basic functions anymore! Check out the benifits using our new Modular Game Template!

  • Complete Saving & Loading function using the LocalStorage Plugin
  • Many modules are included and ready to be used (list can be found below)

Available Moduels

Player Selection

The game offers the ability to use more than one player. Moreover you can earn money with InApp Purchase by making some avatars only available for money or in-game coins. Our moduls offers both!

Level Selection

Also you have the opportunity to enable a level selection with just one click! Then your players can explore more than just one level!

Checkpoint Sysetm

The game includes also a Checkpoint System. This allows the player to respawn at a earlier set flag. So he/she doesn’t have to start from the beginning. Also this module can be toggled on or off with just one click. Awesome, isn’t it?

AdMob Ads

Start earning money with your game! The only thing you have to do is to enable the AdMob Ads module and enter your ID’s. It never has been easier right?

Google Analytics

Keep an eye on your players behavior. Our Google Analytics Module allows you to track every event & screen by just calling a function with the parameters you want to track. The only thing you have to do is to enable the module and add your ID.

Leaderboard

Encourage your players to beat the highscore from other players all over the world. In order to do this you need a online Leaderboard. The best choice for Android is Google Play Games Service and for iOS the GameCenter. Thanks to cranberrygame and his plugin Cordova Game this is possible! Just enable the modules and add your ID’s, done!

Documenation

You find the documentation for each module below. If you need support please use our support forum here.

  Support Forum

Player Selection

The project template has a Player Selection Module included allowing you to add more than 1 player skin. The Selection bases on our Game Template – Player Select.

ps_shot

You find the docs about it here.

  Player Selection

Enable the module

By default the module is set to “on”. Please check the ‘es_config’ event sheet. Set the service you want to use to “on”.

ps_enable

When the modul is active the player will be redirected to the Player Selection screen, if not, the player jumps directly to the Level Selection screen (if on) or to the game (if off).

Level Selection

Applies for...

This document applies to following templates.

The project template has a Level Selection Module included allowing you to add more than 1 player skin. The Selection bases on our Game Template – Level Selection.

ls_shot

Enable the module

(Only for the “Modular Game Template”)

By default the module is set to “on”. Please check the ‘es_config’ event sheet. Set the service you want to use to “on”.

ls_enable

When the modul is active the player will be redirected to the to a Level Selection screen before he enters the game.

Adjust available Worlds and Levels

The available worlds and levels is controlled by the ‘levels’ array. This array can be found at Arrays in the project bar. Mark it to open the properties.

ls_levels_array

  • Width: Number of available levels
  • Height: Number of available worlds
  • Depth: not used

The total amount of levels will be calculated width * height (equals available levels * available worlds).

Hint!

If you change the number of available levels (the width of the levels array) you must also adjust the level selection screen. For this case see the following instructions (skip this if you leave the available levels at 12).

Each levels button has an instance variable called ‘level’. This identify its level (Note, this index is 0-based!). For example, if the instance variable level = 3 it will jump to level called ‘level4’. Keep that in mind.

ls_level_button

So if you reduce the available levels you must delete the last level buttons till you’ve reached the wished amount. Otherwise you must copy an existing element and adjust its level ID.

Add more Level Layouts

If you use the LevelSelection you need to create a new layout for each level (worlds * available levels). By default the first level is included & called ‘level1’. This layout can be found in the project bar under Worlds/#1.

ls_level_duplicate

You can just clone the layout by performing a right-mouse click on it and selecting ‘Duplicate’. Then rename the level to ‘levelX’ (X equals the current level number, for example ‘level2’ for level 2.)

This is an example how it should looks like.

ls_level_tree

A live demo can be found in the Scirra Arcade.

  Angry Aliens

Leaderboards

The project template is ready for Google Play Games & GameCenter service using the Cordova Game Plugin by Cranberygame (plugin is included).

Enable the modules

By default both services are set to “on”. Please check the ‘es_config’ event sheet. Set the service you want to use to “on” (or both, don’t work with CocoonIO up to now).

gpg_enable

Pretty cool...

If the service are “off” the leaderboard buttons will disappear automatically. You don’t have to delete or remove anything.

Add your ID’s

If you scroll down the ‘es_config’ event sheet you will find a lot of variables for various ID’s.

gpg_game_ids

Don't do that...

These ID’s above are placeholders for the later game funtion, so don’t insert your ID’s here!

gpg_ids

This is the place where you need to add your ID’s. Up to know it’s fine if you only add the LEADERBOARD_ID for the used services. There is no achievement function included yet.

Functions

To ease the use of the leaderboard service the project template comes along with functions. So you easily can call a function to achieve what you need, for instance, submit the score to the leaderboard.

All functions for the leaderboard are located in the ‘es_googleplaygames’ event sheet.

GPGUpdateIDs

This function will fetch the needed ID’s depending on the current platform (Android or iOS). Call this function before you call all other functions. Otherwise the ID variables are empty. The function has no additional parameters..

GPGLogin

This function can be called to login or logout the player from the Leaderboard.

[js]Function.Param(0) = login / logout[/js]

 

GPGSubmitHighScore

Call this function if you want to submit the current highscore to the leaderboard. The player must be logged in.

[js]Function.Param(0) = Score to be submitted (integer or float)[/js]

AdMob

The project template is ready for Admob Ads using the AdMob Plugin by Scirra (plugin is automatically included in C2).

Enable the module

By default the service is set to “on”. Please check the ‘es_config’ event sheet. Set the service you want to use to “on”.

ads_module

If ADMOB_ADS are “on” you can individually set the fullscreen & banner ads “on” or “off”.

Pretty cool...

f the service are “off” no ads will be shown or loaded. You don’t have to delete or remove anything.

Add your ID’s

In order to add your ID’s to the template search for the AdMob Plugin in the project bar (right side) and mark it. Then the properties for this plugin will be opened on the left side.

ads_ids

Add all your needed ID’s here.

Hint!

If you don’t have any ID’s yet you can create them using this tutorial or set ‘Test Mode’ to true.

  AdMob Banner & Fullscreen Ads

Ads Function

To ease the use of the AdMob Ads service the project template comes along with functions. So you easily can call a function to achieve what you need, for instance, preload the ads in the background or call a fullscreen ad.

All functions for the AdMob Ads are located in the ‘es_ads’ event sheet.

AdsPreload

This function will preload the choosen ad format in the background. This is recommended to be called on the start of the layout where the ads should be shwon later.

[js]Function.Param(0) = banner / fullscreen //Preloads banner or/and Fullscreen ad[/js]

 

AdsShowBannerAd

This function can be called to show a banner ad (banner ad should be preloaded befor you call this function. In the template this function will be called when ‘On banner ad loaded’ condition is ‘true’).

[js]No additional parameters are used for this function.[/js]

 

AdsShowFullscreen

This function can be called to show a fullscreen ad (fullscreen ad should be preloaded befor you call this function. In the template this function a variable called ‘ad_counter’ is used. This variable counts down from 3 to 0 (-1 each time the function is called). If the ‘ad_counter’ variable has reached 0 the fullscreen and will be triggered and the ‘ad_counter’ will be set back to 3.).

[js]No additional parameters are used for this function.[/js]

Analytics

The project template is ready to track actions and screens using the Phonegap Google Analytics Plugin by cranberrygame (inclueded in the package). Please install the plugin before you open the project file. Otherwise you’ll get an error about the missing plugin files..

Enable the module

By default the service is set to “on”. Please check the ‘es_config’ event sheet. Set the service you want to use to “on”.

ga_enable

Add your ID

If you enable the Google Analytics module you must enter your Tracking ID. In order to do this select the PhonegapGoogleAnalytics plugin in the project bar to open its properties. Then add your ID in the needed field.

ga_ids

Visit Google Analyitcs to create a new ID if you don’t have one.

  Google Analytics Dashboard

Analytics Function

To ease the use of the Google Analytic Tracking the project template comes along with functions. So you easily can call a function to achieve what you need, for instance, track a certain action.

All functions for Google Analytics are located in the ‘es_analytics’ event sheet.

GoogleAnalyticsTrack

This function can be called to track a certain event. For example:

ga_example

This function will either send “iOS” or “Android” to the category “Platform”. The result will be like:

ga_example_track

[js]Function.Param(0) = The category for the event

Function.Param(1) = The action that will be tracked[/js]

 

GoogleAnalyticsTrackScreen

This function works like the one above, but instead of tracking an event you can track the current screen.

[js]Function.Param(0) = Screen name[/js]

 

 

Intel XDK

Please note that Intel XDK has been deprecated! See the statement of Intel below,

Important

Intel® XDK has been discontinued. Below are alternative resources for building mobile HTML5 applications with Apache Cordova* software. Intel offers a portfolio of tools to help IoT developers go from rapid prototyping to production. Try Arduino Create* for a streamlined prototyping experience and Intel® System Studio for an all-in-one development tool suite.

Read the full statement here.

https://software.intel.com/en-us/xdk

The game template is optimized to work with Cordova and Intel XDK. For all other platforms like CocoonIO you may alter the code and replace the plugins with the Atomic Plugins.

 

You find a tutorial how to build with Intel XDK here.

How to build with Intel XDK

Add the needed plugins

 

ads_intel_xdk

CocoonIO

 

Updated on May 6, 2018

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