Though it’s been a while, I think the time has come to revisit one of my previous tutorials: the Mahjong game. For those of you that haven’t read it, the Mahjong tutorial went throughthe stages of creating a very basic Mahjong game: the graphics, the layouts, the boards and all the rest. Since I published this series of tutorials, I’ve been asked about various of features such as hint and shuffle, and have decided that it’s about time for me to add them… so here goes 🙂
Today’s post is a rather short and simple one. In most client-based games today, you can move using your keyboard. Browser-based games, however, are usually controlled using the mouse. But though using the arrow or WASD keys to interact with web pages is not too common, it can still be quite useful.
Sometimes, however, you want to do things yourself and not use a plugin. Continue reading
Over the course of the previous posts, we’ve built and set up the entire infrastructure for our mahjong game. All that is left now is to create the actual game logic. Let’s start by going over the required functionality. What do we have in this game?
- The blocks are arranged in layers, and there can be multiple layers on a given board
- In each turn, the player must select two free, matching blocks to remove them from the board
- The game is won when there are no more blocks on the board
- The game is lost if there are still blocks on the board, but no moves are available to the player
In the previous post, we created a script tag for each block on the board, to help us to transfer the block metadata to the game client. In order to be able to read this metadata, we are going to use one of my favorite jquery plugins: Continue reading
So, I got up this morning to find that my 3.5 year old daughter is busy playing on my laptop. She decided she wants to play so she found the CD for her game, opened the DVD drive and loaded her game. She was very busy playing when I got up, and needless to say I was quite surprised. I figured it was time to create some new games for her, so I thought I’d start with a basic Memory game (some may know it as Concentration). You know, the one with lots of face down cards where you need to find pairs of matching cards. Continue reading
Its been a while. I guess I still need to get used to publishing the posts and all… 🙂
Anyway, I wanted to publish a few more and then I realized that one subject keeps recurring in almost all of the upcoming posts: custom events. You can and should read all about events in jQuery at http://docs.jquery.com/Events/jQuery.Event.
As promised, our first tutorial will be for programming a very well-known game called tic-tac-toe. We will start our tutorials with a general design requirements section and since I’m pretty sure you all know this game it’s going to be a very short one for now.
So what do we need from our game? Continue reading