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Star Fighter

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A quick and dirty example to make a Star Fighter game using forms with C#

Sample Image - starfighter2.jpg


There aren't really too many game programming examples with the C# language...not yet. Coming from a game programming background, I decided to whip one up with Visual Studio .NET. The final result after 2 hours of coding: Star Fighter 1.0.


Instead of digging deep into the DirectX interface, I decided to just use simple Windows Forms. The process is quite simple. The entire game loop is handled by a simple form timer event which processes the ship movement, aliens movement, bombs, and bullets. Keyboard input is done by the keydown handler event. The entire code is self explanatory and fairly documented. Graphics were ripped from Blitz3d's demo game "Insectoids".


Just a warning to everyone, Windows Forms is not the best method for intense action graphics, and if you experience some poor performance and slowdowns, it's normal. I ran this code using a P4 3.02 ghz and it went smoothly for me but others reported extreme slowness. Also, there's an annoying bug when the ship gets hit by the alien's bomb which causes the game to end - that which I could not figure out after a half an hour of debugging.

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  • 26th October, 2003: Initial version


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QuestionTransparent PictureBox possible? Pin
grayaii22-Jan-04 9:42
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QuestionWhere's the article? Pin
Paul Evans6-Nov-03 0:46
Paul Evans6-Nov-03 0:46 
There is a distinct lack of article for this. I'm going to hold of rating it incase you are actually going to add more to what you said.

Simply submitting source with no explanation isn't what Code Project is really about. Design decisions, why you did things the way you did, specific problems you came across and overcame, what you might do differently... that sort of thing.



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