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Box2D for Flash Games

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Box2D for Flash Games

Overview of this book

Physics games are getting more and more popular, and Box2D is the best choice if you are looking for a free, stable and robust library to handle physics. With Box2D you can create every kind of 2D physics game, only coding is not the fun part, but the game itself. "Box2D for Flash Games" will guide you through the process of making a Flash physics game starting from the bare bones and taking you by hand through complex features such as forces, joints and motors. As you are learning, your game will have more and more features, like the physics games you are used to playing. The book analyzes two of the most played physics games, and breaks them down to allow readers to build them from scratch in a step-by-step approach. By the end of the book, you will learn how to create basic primitive bodies as well as complex, compound bodies. Motors will give life to cars, catapults and siege machines firing bullets, while a complete collision management will make your game look even more realistic. If you want to make full Flash games with physics, then Box2D for Flash Games will guide you through the entire process of making a Flash physics game.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Box2D for Flash Games
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 1. Hello Box2D World

If you want to create 2D physics-driven games and applications, Box2D is the best choice available. Box2D is a 2D rigid body simulation library used in some of the most successful games, such as Angry Birds and Tiny Wings on iPhone or Totem Destroyer and Red Remover on Flash. Google them, and you'll see a lot of enthusiastic reviews.

Before we dive into the Box2D World, let me explain what is a rigid body . It's a piece of matter that is so strong that it can't be bent in any way. There is no way to modify its shape, no matter how hard you hit it or throw it. In the real world, you can think about something as hard as a diamond, or even more. Matter coming from outer space that can't be deformed.

Box2D only manages rigid bodies, which will be called just "bodies" from now on, but don't worry, you will also be able to simulate stuff which normally is not rigid, such as bouncing balls.

Let's see what you are about to learn in this chapter:

  • Downloading and installing Box2D for Flash

  • Including required classes in your Flash projects

  • Creating your first Box2D World

  • Understanding gravity and sleeping bodies

  • Running your first empty simulation, handling time steps, and constraints

By the end of the chapter, you will be able to create an empty, yet running world where you can build your awesome physics games.