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GameMaker Cookbook by Brandon Gardiner

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Making a flickering torch

Flashlights are all well and good but sometimes you need to go for a classic. That's where the torch comes in; a staple of dungeons and thatched-roof cottages alike. What's the main difference between a torch and flashlight? Besides the technology, a torch has a dynamic light source: fire.

As a fire burns, the flames seem to dance about, seemingly casting a moving light. In this recipe, we're going to see a simple way to mimic this effect.

Getting ready

Let's start with the project from a previous recipe from this chapter: changing day to night. We're going to add a torch object (obj_torch) and you'll want to give it an appropriate sprite with an animated flame (spr_torch). Most importantly, you'll need a second sprite to ...

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