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LibGDX Game Development By Example by James Cook

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The state of the game

We now have our Snake game at the point where it is almost a complete game; we just need to add a few more things to achieve this. Currently, our game stops when the snake collides with itself. What we need to add is a way to restart the game if this happens, so the player can have another go!

To do this, we will do the following:

  • Adding a game state
  • Displaying game-over text
  • Restarting the game

Adding a state

When you think about it, a game can have many states. Seriously, pick one of your favorite games and consider the states the game could be in. Let's list some out:

  • Start
  • Playing
  • Paused
  • Game over
  • Restart

It could be argued that start and restart are the same thing, but that really depends on the game and what you, as the game developer, ...

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