Making a Title Screen In Phaser

As game developers, we usually concern ourselves with issues about how our main character is going to jump, or how to make that special effect work. The title screen is often pushed to last. While it may not take as much technical skill as the main game it is the first thing our players will see.

I’m going to show you a technique that I use to make a title screen in about 15  minutes. It may take you a little longer than that at first, but you build one or two, it goes really fast.

My objectives:

  1. Works on mobile as well as desktop
  2. Simple but eye-catching
  3. Quick to Build

To complete this tutorial you’ll need

The resource files

The free version of the Ultimate Game Parts Template

For this example, we will use a game named Stormy Knights

Set up the template

Make a copy of the template and name the folder stormyKnights.

Open up the folder in your favorite code editor.

By default, the template is in dev mode. Dev mode skips the title screen and kills the background music

To take the template out of dev mode

in main.js change

to

This will also cause the default background music to play but you can turn it off by commenting out this line in the create function of stateLoad

The template comes with a basic title screen, but we are going to start with a blank state

 

default title screen

Remove all the code in stateTitle and replace it with this code:

The Layout

One of my simple go-to designs a title on top, an image in the center and a button to start the game. Also, I include a nice background and some sort of effect.

Loading the images

The castle tile I got from kenny.nl, the knight logo from freepik.com and the logo was created at

textcraft.net

Copy the images into the folder images/main

bgCastle.png
title.png
char.png

In stateLoad  preload the images in the preload functions

We can either use:

or use the template shortcut

Make the screen

Make the background by tiling bgCastle.png

We can also make a nice scroll effect by using Phaser’s auto-scroll feature

The Logo Class

the logo class is a collection of code I was constantly writing over and over, it does 4 things

  1. adds an image to the stage
  2. anchors the image
  3. centers the image on the screen
  4. scales the image to a percentage of the canvas(optional)

add the title to the screen at 90% of the width

Let’s move it up to the top 15% of the screen

Next, we will add in the Knight in the same way. Although the logo class  puts the knight in the center I found that moving the knight up a bit looked better

The last thing is to make a text button and have it dispatch a startGame event to the template.

You can find out more about text buttons here

Here is the final result

Title Screen Result

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