6. Text, Fonts, and the Written Word

In the last two chapters, you learned how to add artificial intelligence, animations, and enemies to your game. In this chapter you get to have a reprieve from the complexities of game mechanics and focus on the text rendering available in Cocos2D. Cocos2D has extensive support for all of the built-in iOS fonts as well as embedded TrueType fonts. The text system allows you to add labels and text to your game with ease.

The font-rendering system in Cocos2D is split into two portions or classes: the CCLabelTTF and the CCLabelBMFont classes. This chapter covers both classes and how to use them in Space Viking.

CCLabelTTF

The CCLabelTTF class is meant as a quick and easy way to get text into your game with a minimal ...

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