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8. Tracking the score

It's great to have sound already, but the more important part is actually counting the number of shapes that the Monster was able to collect. We're gonna take the advantage of collision detection in a similar way - when the shape is collected, not only we're gonna play the sound, but also increase the score.

To start, let's add an action after the actions to delete a Shape and play a sound, that we've been adding in the previous chapters. Choose “Add an action” there.

Click on the “Other actions”, look for “Variables”, and select “Value of a scene variable”. Then in the right panel set the “Variable” name to “Score”, “Modification's sign” to + (add), and the “Value” to 1. This means whenever a shape is collected by the Monster, the shape will disappear and the player will get one point.

This is in fact a bit incomplete: in case we're collecting two shapes at the very same time, we'll only get one point! This is because the condition will be considered “true” for both shapes that are colliding with the monster, but the action is then only run once. We'll fix that in a few moments with a “For Each” event.

We now have the ability to track the score, but the player can't see it. To show the score, we will need a new text object.

Click on the “Level1” tab, then “Add a new object”.

From the popup, select the “Text”.

Now enter the properties: “Object Name” is “Score”, and we also set the size of the text to 30, color to yellow, and we're making it “bold”. The text itself is “Score: ”.

Go to the “Level1 (Events)” tab, click “Add an action”, and in the popup select our new “Score” variable, look for “Modify the text”, and in the right panel select “Modification's sign” to = (set to), with the text "Score: " + ToString(Variable(Score)).

It will update the “Score” text with the current variable value whenever a shape collides with the Monster.

Now click on the “Choose and add an event”, and then “For each object”.

Enter the name of the object, which in our case will be a group called “Shapes”.

Be sure to drag the “Shapes” in collision with Monster there so it's repeated for every “Shape” object.

Also, drag the “Score” part accordingly.

You can remove the empty event afterwards.

Now switch to the “Level1” tab, find the “Score” object in the right panel, and drag it onto the scene.

Launch the game to test if counting the score and showing the updated info works as expected.

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