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SDL Game Development

By : Shaun Mitchell
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SDL Game Development

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By: Shaun Mitchell

Overview of this book

SDL 2.0 is the latest release of the popular Simple DirectMedia Layer API, which is designed to make life easier for C++ developers, allowing you simple low-level access to various multiplatform audio, graphics, and input devices.SDL Game Development guides you through creating your first 2D game using SDL and C++. It takes a clear and practical approach to SDL game development, ensuring that the focus remains on creating awesome games.Starting with the installation and setup of SDL, you will quickly become familiar with useful SDL features, covering sprites, state management, and OOP, leading to a reusable framework that is extendable for your own games. SDL Game Development culminates in the development of two exciting action games that utilize the created framework along with tips to improve the framework.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
SDL Game Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 8. Creating Alien Attack

The framework has come on in leaps and bounds and we are almost ready to make our first game. We are going to create a simple 2D sidescrolling shooter in the vein of the classic '80's and '90's shooter games such as R-Type or Pulstar. However, the game will not be set in space. Aliens have attacked earth and only you and your weaponized helicopter can stop them. One level of fast-paced action is available in the source code downloads and this chapter will cover the steps taken to create it. Here is a screenshot of the game we will be creating:

And another slightly more hectic shot:

There are still a few things that the framework must handle before we can create this game. These additions include:

  • Sound

  • Collision detection

By the end of the chapter you will have a good understanding of how this game was built using the framework and you will have the ability to continue and improve it. In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Implementing sound

  • Creating game-specific object...