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Jumpy (Animated)

on: November 28, 2008, 06:12:21 pm
Ok this is probably the worst I've ever done.

It's supposed to be a jumping animation, but I can't for the life of me get the frames right.
Of course this isn't the actual sprite, this is just a skeleton type of thing, I want to get this right before I do the actual sprite.
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Heres how it looks animated (I left out the bending down frame because that wouldn't work to well in a platforming game)
« Last Edit: November 28, 2008, 06:51:14 pm by mozzy »
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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 01:16:00 am
Hey guy it's not too bad. I'd keep the nearer leg from kicking back like that, it looks like he is scissor kicking. Right now, get up and jump off something, and see what your legs do. On your falling frame, the guy does not look lke he is getting ready to impact the ground, he looks like he is joyfully floating.  If he was moving forward and going to land, hed probably keep his feet forward, and maybe together.

If that doesn't look right, then maybe just extend the leg that he didn't jump off of. So basically, he pushes off with his nearer leg, and his other leg bends up towards his chest to shift his weight off the ground. Then he comes down extends the other leg (the one he didn't use to push off the ground) to catch himself. I really want to make an edit and help figure this out, but I'm on a laptop in Mendocino, the little touch pad is no good for pixeling.

Good luck.

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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008, 05:48:51 pm
What you lack mostly, is anticipation. He now jumps out of thin air, as if his toe-tips are strong enough to launch him up like that. What hee needs to do is duck down, bend the back, the knees, everything. Lower the center of gravity and then boost it up. It's the very basic principle of a bouncing ball. It ducks in, then stretches out and reaches for the sky, and when it lands it flattens again.

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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008, 06:04:40 pm
hey Trevor I think that'd look like a really good jump, but it's kind of difficult to execute in a platformer, because right when the player hits the jump, they want to be airborne. If there is a delay as the initial jump animation plays, it may irritate the player when the game feels unresponsive. If you just play it anyway, then it will look weird as they are crouching and such in the air.

Maybe you can get it to work, but I never have been able to.

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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #4 on: November 29, 2008, 06:30:43 pm
You can kind of cheat here to keep the delay a minimum. When standing still, delay is absolutely no problem. When running, you can make him duck in 1 or 2 frames, and the releasing/stretching happens less intense, as you let the character go up already, so the stretch is exegaratted by the movement, and should therefore be less intense in the sprite to keep balance. Really, after 4 or 5 jumps the player will be used to the delay if it is small enough. He won't notice ;)

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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #5 on: November 30, 2008, 12:14:12 am
His leg seems to kick back oddly, and he needs to bend his back and arms when he bends down and then straighten them when he jumps.
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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #6 on: November 30, 2008, 01:13:24 am
Yeah, Nacl is right. While bending down would be better, it simply would be too annoying and laggy. I'm trying to make the controls as tight as possible.
Thanks for the good crits so far, it really helps. Do you guys know of any good refrences (other than myself jumping, which would look rather silly in a game)
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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #7 on: November 30, 2008, 01:39:01 am
The duck down technique is used to good effect in Super Smash Bros Brawl.  When characters are about to jump they anticipate for at least 2 or 3 frames(which is pretty fast at 60fps)  The jumps happen pretty quickly with unnoticeable delay.  When you want to jump you jump.  Also for falling they have a ducking frame again, which can be canceled immediately if you move, attack, or jump again.

I fell without the anticipation you lose that springy feeling that jumps should have, plus animations can go a long way to immersing a player more.  Even for something small like a crouch before the jump.

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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #8 on: November 30, 2008, 02:12:04 am
Alright then.

Ofcourse it will be a lot faster when the jump is added, but am I on the right track?
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Re: Jumpy (Animated)

Reply #9 on: November 30, 2008, 02:20:10 am
Wow, that's much better. just add another leg and make him jump!
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