Where’s Louie – a fun little js game.

It’s Homecoming at GVSU this weekend and the theme is “Where’s Louie” (Louie is our mascot). A while back a few of us talked about creating a game to promote it, and it’s out!

This was fun to write because it basically all takes place in a single canvas element. It’s written in vanilla javascript, with a polyfill or two for older browsers. The purpose of the game is to find the “Louie” image among the randomly generated characters on different maps before the time runs out.

I’ve helped with some similar projects, but this was the first one where I have done the vast majority of the programming. It was a fun challenge! The biggest issues were rendering tens of thousands of randomly generated sprites quickly, and also adding “lava” to the maps via SVG paths so that characters wouldn’t appear in odd places. (Get it? Don’t touch the lava!)

You can go to https://www.gvsu.edu/webteam/whereslouie to play it. I’d love if you let me know in the comments what you think of it or if you have any technical questions.

(Hint: if you liked this game, go to www.gvsu.edu and enter the Konami code on your keyboard. Trust me you will like “Legend of Louie”)

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