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Greg The Robot - Game Dev with TypeScript

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A shoot'n'up HTML5 game made with Phaser game framework

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In this article, I’ll present you an HTML5 “shoot’em’up” style game using TypeScript and a nice game development library called Phaser.

This project is a tribute to good ol’ arcade games from the 80s, more specifically the awesome game "Knightmare" made by Konami in 1986.

Hopefully, this article will appeal to those looking for a basic game structure to build upon. I believe the TypeScript part is one of the strong points of this project, because it increases productivity in development process, which is not restricted to game projects but applies for JavaScript development in general.


In August 2017, there was a Hackathon competition focused on games. Some of my colleagues at Caelum Ensino e Inovação decided to join the competition, but the number of members kept growing, so we had to split them into different teams with different projects. Eventually, we came up with different games using Unity, JavaScript and Phaser/TypeScript.

I got the position as the developer of one of the teams, and after a while talking about possible projects, I did put forward one suggestion, and the rest of the team agreed. At the time, I was inspired by Knightmare, an excellent game made by Konami in 1986 for the MSX computer platform, which obviously was a time way before the age of internet, HTML or JavaScript. Konami managed to take an amazing game with great sound and graphics and cram it into a cartridge of a mere 32KB of RAM memory!

Knightmare MSX

Figure 1 - Konami's Knightmare from 1986

But obviously, the technology had to be different. We didn’t intend to rip off Konami’s characters, graphics and music, so we had to come up with our own storyline and art. We did set up a brainstorming session and discussed the ideas for about one hour and finally, we agreed to make the main character (the hero) as a poor but likeable robot engaging in an adventure across a robotic wasteland dominated by an evil robot.

The ideas were flowing from our minds, and we started the development, but unfortunately at some point after the brainstorm, we figured out that we wouldn’t meet the hackathon deadline if we implemented everything we imagined. So we had to cut off many of the not-so-vital features of the game.

The game was entirely made on HTML5/JavaScript using the Phaser game library. Although very different in form, it shares with the original Konami’s game mentioned above many aspects, such as:

  • A lone hero
  • The “shoot’em’up” platform
  • The vertical auto-scrolling background
  • The “raining down” enemies
  • The level bosses


Priscila Sonnesso

She composed the sounds and background music for the game with the help of a simple loop synthesizer. The sounds indicate events such as when the player is obtaining energy or when he is dying. The background music is a simple loop that resembles a cybernetic environment. The inspiration was the German electronic music band Kraftwerk, famous in the eighties for its themes about robots and futuristic world.

Kauê Felipe

He worked on the background graphics to match with the level maps. These maps are defined by plain text ASCII character files, where a dot represents a free square space, and an “X” means an impassable wall. He used Paint.NET to compose the graphics so that the image would match exactly the boundaries of the map and the underlying obstacles.

Pedro Emanuel

He used a school notebook to draw the characters of the game: Greg the Robot and the Bosses. Pedro is a big fan of cartoon and anime and his contribution gave our game a nice cartoonish feel.

Marco Bruno

Our team manager. Organized the team, provided ideas and directed our development.

Software Requirements

Visual Studio 2017

Before downloading the game source code, please install Visual Studio Community 2017 or superior, which is the integrated development environment required for this project.


You can download the TypeScript Development Kit for Visual Studio from the link below. You will be able to develop large-scale JavaScript applications for any web browser, any machine or operating system. TypeScript generates a clean and readable code that adheres to JavaScript standards.


The source code that comes with this article already contains all Phaser library files required for the application to run. But you might want to create a brand new Phaser project with Typescript from scratch, and in this case you can follow this Using Phaser with TypeScript tutorial.


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Figure 2 - Phaser's "Martian" logo

Phaser is a 2D game development library based on JavaScript/HTML5. It contains many built-in features useful for a great number of game styles and scenarios. For example, it has the concept of sprites. Sprites in a game are the 2 dimensional bitmaps that contain the definition for the game characters, such as the hero and the enemies. Not only that, sprite files also almost always contain the different character frames that comprises the character’s animation. To be fair, many game libraries also deal with sprites. But Phaser comes with a built-in collision detection and handling mechanism that is very easy to set up and implement.

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <title>Greg The Robot</title>
    <link rel="shortcut icon" href="greg.ico" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="app.css" type="text/css" />
    <script src="phaser/phaser.js"></script>
    <script src="app.js"></script>

    <div id="content"></div>
Listing 1 - The typical Index.html file showing phaser.js, app.js and app.css dependencies

Like many game frameworks, Phaser is based on update / render loops. These loops separate two fundamental aspects of the game execution: each game update loop gives the game the opportunity to update the game state and each character’s background states, such as position, score, and so on. It is used to handle the game’s logical data and behavior. On the other hand, the render loop is where we tell the graphics to be displayed: for example, suppose you have two different sprites, one for the hero and another for its shadow. How the game decides which one should be displayed on the background and foreground? It’s the render loop that describes the order in which the sprites will appear on screen.

class GregTheRobot {
    game: Phaser.Game;
    statusBar: Phaser.BitmapText;
    constructor() { = new Phaser.Game(512, 512, Phaser.AUTO, 'content', {
            create: this.create, preload: this.preload
    //a lot more code here...

window.onload = () => {

    var game = new GregTheRobot();

Listing 2 - the GregTheRobot class being called by window.onload event.

Fortunately, unless you really need to change how things naturally appear on screen, Phaser does not require you to implement the render loop. It assumes that every sprite should be rendered, unless you programmatically destroy it or change its visibility to hidden.

If you start small and keep slowly adding Phaser features to your game, it feels like a short learning curve. Things can become more complicated if your game code grows without control and if you don’t clean up and refactor your JavaScript code every now and then. Fortunately, the Phaser packages also comes with TypeScript support, which helps in avoiding many programming mistakes.

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Figure 3 - VS 2017 Project Explorer featuring typical Phaser files

As for the technology behind Phaser: it uses both a Canvas and WebGL renderer internally and can automatically swap between them based on browser support. This allows for lighting fast rendering across desktop and mobile. Phaser uses and contributes towards the excellent Pixi.js library for rendering.


A game usually requires many resources, such as images, sounds, spritesheets, tilemaps, JSON, XML, which are parsed and handled automatically. They are ready for use in game and stored in global cache. Phaser can load each asset with a single line of code.

You can load assets in a Phaser project by invoking the game.load method inside of a function called preload. When the program starts, Phaser always look for the function named "preload" and load the assets defined in it.

preload() {
    //menu & splash screen images'menu', 'assets/backgrounds/menu.png', 512, 384);'splash1', 'assets/backgrounds/splash1.png', 512, 384);

    //game state JavaScript files'baseState', 'gamestates/baseState.js');'menu', 'gamestates/menu.js');'splash1', 'gamestates/splash.js')'gameOver', 'gamestates/gameOver.js')'level', 'gamestates/level.js');'theEnd', 'gamestates/theEnd.js')

    //classes for player, enemies, boss, etc.'player', 'player/player.js');'playerBullet', 'player/playerBullet.js');'playerState', 'player/playerState.js');'boss', 'enemies/boss.js');'enemy', 'enemies/enemy.js');'battery', 'extras/battery.js');

    //level intro images'level1', 'assets/backgrounds/level01.jpg');'level2', 'assets/backgrounds/level02.jpg');'level3', 'assets/backgrounds/level03.jpg');

    //spritesheets for every character in the game'player', 'assets/sprites/player.png', 32, 32);'battery', 'assets/sprites/battery.png', 32, 32);'boss1', 'assets/sprites/boss1.png', 96, 96);
    //...etc...'enemy1', 'assets/sprites/enemy1.png', 32, 32);
              'assets/sprites/PlayerBullet1SpriteSheet.png', 32, 32);

    //sound & music resources'start', ['assets/audio/start-level.wav']);'intro', ['assets/audio/sound-intro.wav']);

    //the bitmap containing the game fonts'bitmapfont', 
            'assets/fonts/bitmapfont_0.png', 'assets/fonts/bitmapfont.xml');
Listing 3 - the GregTheRobot.preload() method

The above preload function deals with the following types of assets:

  • spritesheets
  • images
  • audios
  • bitmap fonts

Notice that all these assets are loaded by passing a string key as a parameter. This will later on be used to identify the correct asset when the resource is needed. By preloading assets, we can assure the program will not suffer delays during the game play because all resources are already available in memory.


Phaser supports classic spritesheets with a fixed framed size, texture packer and flash CS6 CC JSON files and XML files.

For this project, I decided to use the fixed framed size spritesheets.


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TypeScript is a free and open source programming language co-created by Anders Hejlsberg (who co-created/designed C#, Delphi and Turbo Pascal) and developed by Microsoft, which aims to improve and secure the production of JavaScript code. It’s a superset of JavaScript, which means that every well-formed JavaScript is also a TypeScript code. Since web browsers don’t recognize TypeScript, it has to be transcompiled (or as we usually call it, transpiled) into JavaScript before they are sent to the web browser.

TypeScript supports the ECMAScript 6 specification and provides type-checking capabilities. This means that if you create a custom function accepting as parameters a string and a number, respectively, you can’t call such function with two strings, or two numbers, or any other combination of values that doesn’t match exactly the function signature. This type-checking feature enables design-time debugging, in a way that could never be accomplished with plain old JavaScript. That also means faster development, since a type mismatch bug will be caught sooner, instead of lurking in the dark until the code is released to production.

Another nice aspect of TypeScript is that you can take a JavaScript project and start migrating it to TypeScript little by little, one file at a time, since every JavaScript is also TypeScript.

As for working with TypeScript in a Phaser project, you can read the article: Using Phaser with TypeScript.

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Figure 4 - the typical Phaser TypeScript files

With TypeScript, Phaser development can be much easier. For example, in traditional JavaScript code, most of the time, the IDE can't figure out to which type the variable belongs, so it can't tell exactly which members of a given object are really available at a given moment when you are typing the "object + dot + member". This happens because JavaScript is a weakly typed language.

When we work with TypeScript, we can associate types to our objects, so in this case the IDE can now predict which members belong to the object:

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We can code in TypeScript, but in the end the web browser will only recognize JavaScript. This is when the transpiler kicks in. For example, observe the following TypeScript code:

class Player implements IPlayer {
    level: BaseLevel;
    game: Phaser.Game;
    cursors: Phaser.CursorKeys;
    layer: Phaser.TilemapLayer;
    bulletSound: Phaser.Sound;
    diedSound: Phaser.Sound;
    damageSound: Phaser.Sound;
    rechargeSound: Phaser.Sound;
    sprite: Phaser.Sprite;
    isWeaponLoaded: boolean;
    velocity: number;
    walkingVelocity: number;
    state: IPlayerState;
    power: number;
        level: Level1, cursors: Phaser.CursorKeys,
        layer: Phaser.TilemapLayer, bulletSound: Phaser.Sound,
        diedSound: Phaser.Sound, damageSound: Phaser.Sound,
        rechargeSound: Phaser.Sound) {
        this.level = level; =;
        this.cursors = cursors;
        this.layer = layer;
        this.bulletSound = bulletSound;
        this.diedSound = diedSound;
        this.damageSound = damageSound;
        this.rechargeSound = rechargeSound;
        this.damageSound.onStop.add(function () {
        this.power = 10;
Listing 4 - Fragment of the Player class showing strongly typed TypeScript code

Now notice how the types are stripped from the code when the JavaScript is generated from TypeScript;

class Player {
    constructor(level, cursors, layer, bulletSound, diedSound, damageSound, rechargeSound) {
        this.level = level; =;
        this.cursors = cursors;
        this.layer = layer;
        this.bulletSound = bulletSound;
        this.diedSound = diedSound;
        this.damageSound = damageSound;
        this.rechargeSound = rechargeSound;
        this.damageSound.onStop.add(function () {
        this.power = 10;
Listing 5 - The same fragment "transpiled" into JavaScript code



The game takes place in the dystopian futuristic metropolis of Robocity, a place perverted by a robotic villain. The city used to be an electronic paradise, in which the techno-citizens lived in harmony with their asynchronous behaviors, predictable loops and performing random tasks.

Greg the Robot

Greg is a non-conformist and self-aware robot. He is a reminiscent specimen from an old age generation of robots which was spared the yoke of the New Robotic Order, because their electronic components are so old they can’t be hacked by the New Order. Since all his friends are now slaves, all of a sudden Greg becomes an unsuspected hero. He sees what’s wrong and decides to take action. His walking is slow and his behavior is erratic, but he knows the future of Robocity depends on his success.


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Figure 5 - different types of level enemies

Our hero’s mission is to walk down the path, battling enemies and defeating each level’s boss. His enemies are the formerly peaceful citizens of Robocity, now converted into minions under the yoke of the evil Robotron. As Greg the Robot walks, he loses units of energy, so he must save energy by avoiding running without necessity. Fortunately, there are battery cells that can be found along the way, so Greg can replenish his batteries as he walks.


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Figure 6 - Bulb-o-Boss the Level Boss

Each level ends in a final arena guarded by one of Robotron’s generals. Our hero must defeat the boss and cross the gate that leads to the next level.

Game Views

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Figure 7 - the game Menu image

Game Menu

The game menu shows only the game title, the Greg the robot image and a text asking the player to press space bar to start.

Once the player press the space bar, he is taken to the next game view: the level presentation screen.

Level Presentation

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Figure 8 - Level presentation

The level presentation view only shows a text with the level number.

Level Scenes

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Figure 9 - The Level 1 typical screen

The level view is where the game really happens. Here, you control the hero through the cursor keys and shoot the projectiles to eliminate the enemies.

As you lose energy, the length of the power bar in the lower portion of the screen decreases. Whenever you collide with an enemy or get hit by some projectile, you lose a certain amount of energy. But you can capture battery cells along the way, and your energy increases up to 100% of your power capacity.

Game Over

The game ends when Greg’s energy bar becomes empty. After that, the player is redirected to the menu screen for a new game round.

Game Characters


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Figure 10 - Greg the robot walking

Our hero Greg is represented by the Player class, which in turn implements the IPlayer interface. This interface has a speed field, a sprite field and a boolean value field indicating whether the weapon is loaded or not.

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Figure 11 - the Player class diagram

The velocity is a constant value and determines how fast our hero moves to cover a distance when the player press the arrow buttons. For example:

runLeft() {
    this.sprite.body.velocity.x = -this.velocity;
Listing 6 - The Player.runLeft() method

The sprite is a type of object that stores the graphical bitmap definition for our hero (and the enemies) and describes how they are shown on screen.

this.sprite = - 16, 
     - 64, 'player');
Listing 7 - Sprite assignment inside Player.setup() method

The boolean value indicates whether the weapon is loaded or not. Each shot fired from our hero empties the weapon and this prevents him from throwing many projectiles at the same time.

if (this.player.isWeaponLoaded && keyboard.isDown(Phaser.KeyCode.SPACEBAR)) {
    this.player.isWeaponLoaded = false;
else if (!keyboard.isDown(Phaser.KeyCode.SPACEBAR)) {
    this.player.isWeaponLoaded = true;
Listing 8 - Weapon loading management at PlayerState.update() method

The Player object has a wasHit event, which is called in case of collisions of enemies and bosses with the player sprite.

wasHit() {;'hit');

The behavior classes assigned to the Player class as the state field define their possible states: running and dying, which are provided by the classes PlayerStateRunning and PlayerStateDying respectively. The constructor of the Player class defines that the weapon is loaded. At the setup of Player class, we define: the sprite, the animations, the base speed, the walking speed and also the dimensions of the hero.

When Greg is hit, we play the sound and also show the animation sequence corresponding to the damage. And the energy must be decreased accordingly.

wasHit() {;'hit');
Listing 9 - The Player.wasHit() method
decreasePower(energyAmount: number): boolean {
    if (this.power - energyAmount > 0) {
        this.power -= energyAmount;
        return true;
    else {
        this.power = 0;
        this.state = new PlayerStateDying(this);;
        return false;
Listing 10 - The Player.decreasePower() method

At the “recharge energy” event, we play the recharging sound and increase the power supply in the power bar.

recharged(charge: number) {;

increasePower(energyAmount: number): boolean {
    if (this.power + energyAmount < 100) {
        this.power += energyAmount;
        return true;
    else {
        this.power = 100;
        return false;
Listing 11 - The Player.recharged() and Player.increasePower() methods

As the hero ressurects, we reestablish its initial state, and set up its default animation as walking. By doing this, we ensure the player keeps playing.

The walk method moves the player sprite in an upward direction and is called automatically without the player’s interference. It is executed only to compensate the vertical autoscroll that keeps pulling down the level background. Otherwise, the player sprite would be scrolled down along with everything and would end up offscreen.

walk() {
    if (this.noCursorKeyDown()) {
        this.sprite.body.velocity.y = - this.walkingVelocity;
Listing 12 - The Player.walk() method compensates the vertical autoscroll by moving the player upwards.

The run events are used to update the direction of the speed vector according to the arrow buttons pressed.

runUp() {
    this.sprite.body.velocity.y = -this.velocity;

runDown() {
    this.sprite.body.velocity.y = this.velocity;

runLeft() {
    this.sprite.body.velocity.x = -this.velocity;

runRight() {
    this.sprite.body.velocity.x = this.velocity;
Listing 13 - The Player run methods
update(cursors: Phaser.CursorKeys, keyboard: Phaser.Keyboard, camera: Phaser.Camera) {
    if (cursors.up.isDown) {
    else if (cursors.down.isDown) {
        if (this.player.sprite.body.y <
            camera.y + camera.height
            - this.player.sprite.height) {

    if (cursors.left.isDown) {

    else if (cursors.right.isDown) {
Listing 14 - The PlayerStateRunning.update() method invoking the* methods

The shoot event triggers a method where the shooting sound is played and a new object with the bullet sprite is added to the game. This projectile can hit enemies and damage them.

firePlayerBullet() {
    let playerBullet: PlayerBullet =
        new PlayerBullet(this, this.layer, this.bulletSound, this.player, this.boss);
    if (this.player.decreasePower(1)) {
Listing 15 - The BaseLevel.firePlayerBullet() method

Whenever our hero is damaged, its energy is decreased accordingly to the damage type. If the remaining energy drops to zero, then Greg has suffered a fatal blow. In such case, we show the sprite animation of Greg being killed, followed by the Game Over music. After that, the player is taken to the start menu.

On the other hand, when the energy increases, the power bar grows according to the amount received. The maximum energy level in the bar is 100.


Every enemy class inherits from an abstract class, which contains:

  • The loaded weapon indicator
  • The speed vector
  • The enemy position
  • Enemy number and id

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Figure 12 - The Enemy/BaseEnemy class diagram

The BaseEnemy class contains the function that handles collisions against the player. Whenever a collision is confirmed, the player suffers a damage corresponding to the enemy strength. But after that, the enemy is destroyed. The BaseEnemy also allows the enemy to be checked for collisions against other enemies. In this case, none of them are destroyed, but this ensures they are not overlapped, and it brings more realism to the game.

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Figure 13 - Bee-bee 16 robot

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Figure 14 - Bulb-o-boss level guardian


Level Scrolling

scroll() { -= this.getScrollStep();

    if ( > 0) {
        this.statusBar.position.y -= this.getScrollStep();
        this.powerBar.position.y -= this.getScrollStep();
        if (this.player.state instanceof PlayerStateRunning) {
    } / 32, this.scroll.bind(this));
Listing 16 - The BaseLevel.scroll() method

Player Animation

For this project, I decided to use the fixed framed size spritesheets:

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Figure 15 - Greg's spritesheets showing both walking routine (sprites 0-3) and dying animation (4-7).
add(name: string, frames?: number[] | string[], 
    frameRate?: number, loop?: boolean, useNumericIndex?: boolean): Phaser.Animation;
Listing 17 - Phaser's AnimationManager.add() method signature

With Phaser's AnimationManager class, we can add new frame animations that will later on be used to represent the player's different states:

setup() {
    this.sprite.animations.add('run', [0, 1, 2, 3], 4, true);
    this.sprite.animations.add('hit', [4, 5, 6, 7, 4, 5, 6, 7], 10, true);
    this.sprite.animations.add('die', [4, 5, 6, 7, 4, 5, 6, 7], 10, true);'run');
Listing 18 - The Player.setup() method

Take for example, the Player's "hit" animation above. It is played when the hero suffers a damage. Now take a look at the parameters needed to perform this animation:

  • name: hit
  • frames: [4, 5, 6, 7, 4, 5, 6, 7]
  • frameRate: 10
  • loop: true

This means that when the hero is hit, the frames with the frame indexes above will be animated with a frame rate of 10 frames per second. Also, the animation is in loop, which means the frame sequence will repeat indefinitely.


The sound in this game as not just a resource to make the game more interesing, but they play a very important role: they define the interval between events. For example; when the user presses the spake key in Menu screen, the music will begin, but the level 1 will not really start until the music ends:

update() {
    if ( {
        this.pushSpaceKey.alpha = 0;{ alpha: 1 }, 100, 
                            Phaser.Easing.Linear.None, true, 0, 50, true);;
Listing 19 - The Menu.update() method

How the above code works?

  • First, the program checks whether the space bar key is pressed
  • If it's pressed, the "PUSH SPACE KEY" text becomes transparent (i.e., we set the color alpha to zero)
  • Then we make the text blink indefinitely by alternating between color alpha 0 and 1. We call the tween method. "Tween" is short for "betweening", that is, the process of generating intermediate frames between frame keys.
  • Without stopping the blinking animation, we play the startSound music.

But how does the program know when the music ends? To explain that, we must see the code where the startSound field is initialized:

create() {
    this.startSound ='start');
    this.startSound.onStop.add(function () {'splash1');
Listing 20 - The Menu.create() method

Now we can see the onStop event of startSound being implemented. When the sound ends, the function will kick in and the game level splash1 will start.

Likewise, each of the other game sounds will determine when the next event will begins.

  • Background music
  • Shooting
  • Energy up / down
  • Game over


You can bring more realism to the game by introducing physics constraints, such as collisions. Otherwise, the sprites would overlap each other or just float away offscreen, like ghosts.

Player x Map

The level map has established limits (left & right margins, plus obstacles on the way), so we can't allow our hero to bypass any of these limits. Fortunately, Phaser has a nice collision detection library, that allows us to define that the player cannot overlaps another given object in the game. We do this by calling the game.physics.arcade.collide() method, passing as arguments both the player's sprite and the level layer object:

JavaScript, this.layer);
Listing 21 - Collision handling inside Player.update() method

Player x Enemy

We can't allow the player and enemies to overlap each other. We determine that they collide by calling the game.physics.arcade.collide() method, but in this case, we also provide a function that will define which behavior will take place once a player is hit by the enemy's body:

  1. We make the player suffer a damage, and
  2. We destroy the enemy's sprite, removing it from the game
checkPlayerCollisions() {, this.player.sprite, function () {
Listing 22 - Collision handling inside Enemy.checkPlayerCollisions() method

Bullet x Enemy

Bullets are a nice way to get rid of enemies at long distance, without being hit and suffering damage. Once a bullet is fired, we check whether it collided or not with an enemy, and in this case, we destroy both the enemy and the bullet.

this.level.enemies.forEach(enemy => {, enemy.sprite, function () {
        this.destroyed = false;
        this.level.playerBulletHit(this, enemy);
Listing 23 - Collision handling inside PlayerBullet.update() method

Enemy x Enemy

Enemies in our game are not Pac Man ghosts, so they shouldn't overlap. So, when they collide, they still keep separated we don't destroy anything. We just bring a little more realism to the game.

checkEnemyCollisions(enemies: BaseEnemy[]) {
    enemies.forEach(other => {
        if ( != {
  , other.sprite, function () {

Listing 24 - Collision handling inside Enemy.checkEnemyCollisions() method

Player x Boss

A collision with the boss is almost the same as the collistion with a minor enemy, that is, causing damage to the player. But in this case the boss isn't destroyed.

C++, this.player.sprite, function () {
    if ( == 'run') {
Listing 25 - Collision handling inside Boss.update() method

Bullet x Boss

The level boss can sustain a number of bullets before being destroyed. But the code below just describes the behavior from the player bullet viewpoint. The Boss damage management is inside the Boss class.

C++, this.boss.sprite, function () {
    this.level.playerBulletHit(this, this.boss);
    this.destroyed = false;
Listing 26 - Collision handling inside PlayerBullet.update() method

Level Map

As said before, each level has a background image that will scroll down as our hero walks the path.

Each level also has a associated plain text file, where each character represents a 32x32 position in the background image:

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Figure 16 - Map01.txt file mapped to Level01.png background image.

As we can see, the dot represents an empty 32x32 space in the map, and the X corresponds can be any of the obstacles in the image, such as walls, pipes, maze and so on.

Other characters, such as lower case letters (a, b, c, d), correspond to different enemies that should be placed as the map scrolls down.

As the level is started, it loads the plain text file and populates a matrix with the ASCII file contents:

let lines : string[] = this.readFile("/assets/maps/Map0" + 
                       this.levelNumber + ".txt").split('\n');
for (let y = 0; y < lines.length; y++) {
    let line : string = lines[y];
    let lineArray : number[] = new Array(line.length);
    for (let x = 0; x < line.length; x++) {
        let char : string = line[x];
        if (char == 'X') {
  , x, y, this.layer);
            lineArray[x] = 1;
        else {
            lineArray[x] = 0;
Listing 27 - Reading the map at the BaseLevel.setupMap() method

Once the matrix is loaded, we still have to build all the objects found in the map, such enemies and batteries. Let's see how they are mapped:

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Figure 17 - Enemies and battery locations from Map01.txt.

The BaseLevel class holds an instance for enemies and another one for batteries. These arrays of objects are populated according to the contents of the mapAsStringArray matrix. Each of these enemies are instantiated with the position found in the map.

setupEnemies(mapAsStringArray: string[]) {
    this.enemies = [];
    let enemycodes : string = 'abcde';
    for (let y = 0; y < mapAsStringArray.length; y++) {
        let line : string = mapAsStringArray[y];
        for (let x = 0; x < line.length; x++) {
            let char : string = line[x];
            let indexOf : number = enemycodes.indexOf(char);
            if (indexOf >= 0) {
                let enemy: BaseEnemy;
                let id: number = this.enemies.length + 1;
                switch (indexOf) {
                    case 0:
                        enemy = new EnemyA(this,, this.layer, this.bulletSound, 
                        this.player, x * 32, y * 32, indexOf + 1, id);
                    case 1:
                        enemy = new EnemyB(this,, this.layer, this.bulletSound, 
                        this.player, x * 32, y * 32, indexOf + 1, id);
                    case 2:
                        enemy = new EnemyC(this,, this.layer, this.bulletSound, 
                        this.player, x * 32, y * 32, indexOf + 1, id);
                    case 3:
                        enemy = new EnemyD(this,, this.layer, this.bulletSound, 
                        this.player, x * 32, y * 32, indexOf + 1, id);
                    case 4:
                        enemy = new EnemyE(this,, this.layer, this.bulletSound, 
                        this.player, x * 32, y * 32, indexOf + 1, id);
Listing 28 - The BaseLevel.setupEnemies() method


Thank you very much for you time and patience. I hope the article or this project's code have somehow helped you, induced interest or at least gave you some insights about game development. In my opinion, Phaser is easy to use, has a short learning curve, provides good support and has an active community.

Feel free to use the code. If you have any ideas, complaints or suggestions, please use the comment section below. Also, if you want to create a game project using Phaser, please let me know.


  • 2017/11/27 - Initial version
  • 2017/11/28 - Added level map explanation


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