I will be making at least a few more canvas examples this summer, some of which I might continue developing if some people show interest in them. Last week I started working on one of many game prototype ideas that I am currently just calling Monster Smash. The general idea is not clear, aside from just some very vague concepts that have to do with just moving a player object inside a grid, and have enemies come to the location. I am thinking somewhat in terms of a kind or RPG style game like Dragon Warrior, the early Pokemon games, or some like of Roguelike game, but I am not so sure yet. That is okay though I can ways fork off of what I work out here as long as I get the very basic idea of what I want working.
I would like to have at least one canvas example that is just a nice little RPG style game where you move a player object around and battle enemies and level up. Nothing to ground breaking or exciting, just a nice little RPG like that of dragon warrior maybe.
To start things off I have a basic utility library for this canvas example. Here I have a distance formula, a method to get an angle to a point, and a method to help with getting a point relative to a canvas element rather than the window object.
So then I have a module that will be used for creating a map object for this canvas example. The idea that I had in mind for this project is to have an array of map objects, bit I figure that everything that has to d with creating an mutating a collection of maps should be independent of a module that is used to do so with just one map object. So for now as of this writing the map module for this example is fairly simple and striped down, with just a hand full of usual methods for such a module.
I will want to have a module that will act as a way to create a main state object for a game instance. In many of my canvas examples this kind of object is also the main object that will constitute a model for the whole of the state of the application, however in other projects, including this one, there is yet another object to which the game object is a part of.
I have code that serves as a general application wide utility library, a map system, a game module, and a way to render to a canvas element. Now I just need a little additional code that will make use of all of this, and also provide any additional functionality.
So far this game is working more or less like what it is that I had in mind. I do have the current state of my todo lost when it comes to additional features with this one though. I would like for there to be more than one map that the player can move to, and there are additional states that i would like to add. As of this writing the player just kills enemies when the player object comes in contact with an enemy object, so obviously there is more work to do when it comes to turning this one into something that people might actually like to play.