Progress on the Match Three game

Match Three game Having a week off work has let me work on this game a bit more. I’ve put in about eight hours and it is now correctly dropping.

I’d never programmed one of these before so my first version used a board of pieces plus a secondary array for holding “transitions”. A transition was a struct that held information about two pieces being swapped and the current coordinates of each piece.  It seemed to be quite messy code and was quite buggy with pieces on top of other pieces.

So I then switched to a system where each board cell had a pointer to a struct for a piece (held in an array).  If the piece wasn’t moving the program calculated its pixel coordinates from the board coordinates and drew it there. If it was moving, it would no longer have board coordinates and would use the pixel coordinates to draw it.

That was better but then I thought why not just have the board just be a 2D array of structs with one struct for each piece.

This is the struct for each piece.


struct Cell {
	int piece;
	int moving;
	int scEndX, scEndY;
	float scCurrentX, scCurrentY;
	float velY, velX;
	int bdEndX;
	int bdEndY;
	int angle;
	int lock;  //1 = locked. Display padlock
	int size; // used when killing to diminish size

SDL2 does rotation very nicely; you don’t need to pre-render shapes just call SDL_RenderCopyEx instead of SDL_RenderCopy and specify the angle and one or two other parameters. When a piece is removed, it animates for about a half-second, rotating and shrinking in place. That’s the purpose of the angle and size fields.

If the lock value is 1 then the piece stays in place and won’t drop. You have to remove the lock by forming a line that includes the locked piece. When the line is removed, all locked pieces in the line remain but without the lock.

So far the game is currently about 800 lines of code. There’s no game level structure, high-score table, sounds, bonus pieces or even a basic piece matching algorithm. I’ve been testing by just randomly removing three vertical or horizontal pieces and then having unlocked pieces above fall down.

This 3rd version does not suffer from the Mexican-wave problem that the first and second version had. Sometimes when a column of pieces moved down, instead of all pieces moving together they moved one-by-one. New pieces get added in when the top row piece finishes dropping away.

So now on with the book and the next part of the game.

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