Note:

The ‘Balloons’ project has been moved to the Additional Scratch Projects section.

Introduction

You are going to make a ghost-catching game!

Step 1: Animating a ghost

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  • Start a new Scratch project, and delete the cat sprite so that your project is empty. You can find the online Scratch editor at jumpto.cc/scratch-new.

  • Add in a new ghost sprite, and a suitable stage backdrop.

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  • Add this code to your ghost, so that it repeatedly appears and disappears:

        when flag clicked
    forever
    hide
    wait (1) secs
    show
    wait (1) secs
    end

  • Test out your ghost’s code, by clicking the green flag.

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Step 2: Random ghosts

Your ghost is really easy to catch, because it doesn’t move!

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  • Instead of staying in the same position, you can let Scratch choose random x and y coordinates instead. Add a go to block to your ghost’s code, so that it looks like this:

        when flag clicked
    forever
        hide
        wait (1) secs
        go to x:(pick random (-150) to (150)) y:(pick random (-150) to (150))
        show
        wait (1) secs
    end

  • Test our your ghost again, and you should notice that it appears in a different place each time.

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Challenge: More randomness

Can you make your ghost wait a random amount of time before appearing? Can you use the set size block to make your ghost a random size each time it appears?

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Step 3: Catching ghosts

Let’s allow the player to catch ghosts!

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  • To allow the player to catch a ghost, add this code:

        when this sprite clicked
    hide

  • Test out your project. Can you catch ghosts as they appear? If you find it difficult to catch the ghosts, you can play the game in fullscreen mode by clicking this button:

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Challenge: Adding a sound

Can you make a sound each time a ghost is caught?

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Step 4: Adding a score

Let’s make things more interesting by keeping score.

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  • To keep the player’s score, you need a place to put it. A variable is a place to store data that can change, like a score.

    To create a new variable, click on the ‘Scripts’ tab, select Data and then click ‘Make a Variable’.

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    Type ‘score’ as the name of the variable, make sure that it is available for all sprites, and click ‘OK’ to create it. You’ll then see lots of code blocks that can be used with your score variable.

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    You’ll also see the score in the top-left of the stage.

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  • When a new game is started (by clicking the flag), you should set the player’s score to 0:

        when flag clicked
    set [score v] to [0]

  • Whenever a ghost is caught, you need to add 1 to the player’s score:

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  • Run your program again and catch some ghosts. Does your score change?

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Step 5: Adding a timer

You can make your game more interesting, by only giving your player 10 seconds to catch as many ghosts as possible.

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  • You can use another variable to store the remaining time left. Click on the stage, and create a new variable called ‘time’:

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  • This is how the timer should work:

    • The timer should start at 10 seconds;
    • The timer should count down every second;
    • The game should stop when the timer gets to 0.

    Here’s the code to do this, which you can add to your stage:

        when flag clicked
    set [time v] to [10]
    repeat until <(time) = [0]>
        wait (1) secs
        change [time v] by (-1)
    end
    stop [all v]

    This is how you add the repeat untiltime= 0 code:

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  • Drag your ‘time’ variable display to the right side of the stage. You can also right-click on the variable display and choose ‘large readout’ to change how the time is displayed.

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  • Ask a friend to test your game. How many points can they score? If your game is too easy, you can:

    • Give the player less time;
    • Make the ghosts appear less often;
    • Make the ghosts smaller.

    Test your game a few times until you’re happy that it’s the right level of difficulty.

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Challenge: More objects

Can you add in other objects to your game?

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You’ll need to think about the objects you’re adding. Think about:

  • How big is it?
  • Will it appear more or less often than the ghosts?
  • What will it look/sound like when it has been caught?
  • How many points will you score (or lose) for catching it?

If you need help adding another object, you can reuse the steps above!

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