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Active Sketch 04 - Pillars by axcho on December 13, 2009

This is my fourth Active Sketch, a doodle in code. I made this to test out the controls for a one-button flying game.

I made this for a project with ~brontosaurus. The landscape of pillars is based on his Pixel Skylines 01 piece. The birds came about as I wondered what sort of creatures might live in such a landscape.


I used the Flixel engine to build this prototype. It's great for making pixelated games like this - I'd recommend it.

Click the window to start, then click the mouse button or tap the space bar to flap your wings. If you hold the button down, you will dive.

tap - flap wings
hold - dive
none - soar
collide - perch

To reverse direction, perch on a pillar by flying into it. When you lift off again, you will be flying in the opposite direction.

Every ten seconds, a new swarmer appears. It's quite a sight when you have a hundred of them on the screen at a time.

You can reload the page to get a new environment to play in.

Experimental versions:
- Pillars 1.6 auto-turn - [link]
- Pillars 1.7 double-tap - [link]

Active Sketches by axcho
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AnimatorRawGreen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
gives me animation ideas
axcho Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Cool - let me know if you make anything inspired by it...
fun-with-mushrooms Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
awsome, these would be some fun game controls
axcho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Thanks! I definitely hope so, since I'll be trying to turn this into a full game soon! :D
fun-with-mushrooms Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
That will be great!
Nomisluck Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist
I managed to get into the lower right corner, I'M ACTUALLY really distracted by things hitting my bird, HOW DARE THEY!

Very nice improvements from the 3rd installment.
axcho Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
By the way, I just moved the double-tap version here: [link]

I reverted this one to the original, where you can't turn in midair.

Thanks for the feedback. ;)
fighterlegend Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
This is really really fun. I love it!

Make it into a game. It's really addicting. I love making air plane sounds when playing this. Brings out the inner kid in me XD
axcho Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Great, I'm glad you like it so much! :D

I just posted an alternate version of this where you can change direction in midair: [link]

I would appreciate it if you could try it out and let me know how it compares. :)
brontosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student
Oooh - about to try it out :)
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