## 31 October 2009

### Level Timer code explained

It seems like my code in How To Create Flash Game Level Timer post is not as straightforward as I thought, because it was rejected as Tutorial on one of the directories, so I decided to give detailed explanation of it.

var count:Number = 0;
// this is a counter variable

var maxCount:Number = 75;
// maxCounter is duration of level in seconds

var intervalID:Number;
// Identification variable for repeating interval function

var timerStarted = false;
// variable which tells us if timer has started or not

var temp:Number;
// variable for shortening code writing

// next, we format and display seconds left
if(maxCount < 60) {
// if we have less then 60 seconds,

timeleft.text = "0 : "+maxCount;
// we display '0 minutes' in our Text Field 'timeleft' and concatenate maxCount seconds

} else {
// but if we have more than 60 seconds left

if((maxCount%60)<10) {
// and if we have to display seconds as one cipher number

timeleft.text = Math.floor((maxCount/60))+" : 0"+(maxCount%60);
// we display zero

} else {
// otherways,

timeleft.text = Math.floor((maxCount/60))+" : "+(maxCount%60);
// if we have two cipher number for seconds, we don't display zero

}
}

startlevel.onRelease = function() {
// when click is released on startlevel button

if(!(timerStarted)) {
// if timerStarted variable is false (we don't want to duplicate interval)

intervalID = setInterval(_root, "hronos", 1000);
// we set interval function 'hronos' to repeat once every second to act as counter

timerStarted = true;
// we declare that timer has started

this._alpha = 0;
// and we make invisible startLevel button.
// We chould also remove it from stage!

}
}

function hronos():Void {
// function hronos repeats every second

if(count < maxCount) {
// if counter is still less than maxCounter

count++;
// we increase counter by 1

temp = maxCount - count;
// temp variable holds seconds left until level end

// next piece of code is for formating and displaying purposes,
// same as above except instead maxCount we have temp variable.
if(temp < 60) {
if(temp < 10) {
timeleft.text = "0 : 0"+temp;
} else {
timeleft.text = "0 : "+temp;
}
} else {
if((temp%60)<10) {
timeleft.text = Math.floor((temp/60))+" : 0"+(temp%60);
} else {
timeleft.text = Math.floor((temp/60))+" : "+(temp%60);
}
}
} else {
// if counter is greater than maxCounter

clearInterval(intervalID);
// we clear our interval

timerStarted = false;
// we declare that timer is out of business

count = 0;
// we set counter to 0 so we can use it again

startlevel._alpha = 100;
// and we make startLevel button visible again

}
}

I hope this explanation is clear enough. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

*_*

brandon said...

hi, i need some help from u. this is my coding:

var timeDisplay:TextField = new TextField();

var startTime:int = getTimer();

function showClock(event:Event) {
// milliseconds passed
var timePassed:int = getTimer()-startTime;

// compute minutes and seconds
var seconds:int = Math.floor(timePassed/1000);
var minutes:int = Math.floor(seconds/60);
seconds -= minutes*60;

// convert to clock string
var timeString:String = minutes+":"+String(seconds+100).substr(1,2);

// show in text field
timeDisplay.text = timeString;
}

how can i make to time to 60 sec only. instead of carry on to min. can u show me the coding to into my code? thanks alot.

flanture said...

hello Brandon,
I'm not sure what is your question exactly, but your code will not work after some time. Instead first declare your variable like this:

var timeString:String;

and then use:

if (seconds > 9) {
timeString = minutes+":"+String(seconds);
} else {
timeString = minutes+":0"+String(seconds);
}

I hope this helps :)

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