A simple player control using a Character Controller component.
In this tutorial, we’ll create a schematic to control our player using a Character Controller component. The control will allow to move the player around (with the player facing into the move direction) and jumping.
You can download the finished schematic here.
We’re using input keys for jumping, horizontal and vertical movement, so set them up as you want them to be.
When downloading the schematic make sure to open it up, change the input keys to use your inputs and save the schematic.
Open the Makinom editor, navigate to Schematics and create a new schematic. Change the following settings.
Add Node > Value > Variable > Check Variables
First, we’ll check if we’re currently jumping – in that case we’ll just continue to move the game object upwards.
Jumping will set an object variable on the game object to the current time + an offset, when the current time exceeds that value, we’ll stop moving upwards.
Add Node > Movement > Movement > Check On Ground
We’re not jumping, so let’s check if we’re on the ground to see if we can jump. Since we’re using a Character Controller component, we can check if we’re on the ground without using a raycast.
This node is connected to the Success slot of the Check Variables node.
Add Node > Input > Input Key
We’re on the ground, so let’s check if the player pressed jump.
This node is connected to the On Ground slot of the Check On Ground node.
Add Node > Movement > Movement > Move
We’re in the air (falling) or on the ground and the player isn’t jumping, we’ll just move normally using the player’s input.
This node is connected to the In Air slot of the Check On Ground node and to the Failed slot of the Input Key node.
Add Node > Value > Variable > Change Variables
The player pressed jump, so let’s set the time to remember when to stop moving upwards.
This node is connected to the Jump slot of the Input Key node.
The player is jumping (i.e. moving upwards), but we also use the player’s input to move. Since this is a simple control, the jump will set the Y-axis to 2, using the double of the movement speed for jumping.
This node is connected to the Next slot of the Change Variables node and to the Failed slot of the Check Variables node.
And that’s it – click on Save Schematic and e.g. save it as SimpleControl.
An example setup for a game object using the schematic.
Since we’re storing the jump time as an object variable, we’ll need to add an Object Variables component to the game object.
E.g. use the component menu: Makinom > Scenes > Object Variables
You can use the object variables in local mode (i.e. enabling Local Variables) or use an object ID to keep the data alive across multiple scenes (and save games).
The schematic needs to be added using a tick machine. Don’t forget to also add an Object Variables component to the game object.
Add a tick machine component to the game object (e.g. using the component menu: Makinom > Machines > Tick Machine) and change the following settings.
And that’s it.
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