How can I make a Minecraft-style heart counter?

AHDogAHDog Posts: 2Member

I'm making a game that is a bit like Fruit Ninja classic. Basically, when you fail to click a box three times, you lose. I'm currently working on the GUI, and in the top right corner I want a life counter of sorts, like the one in that game.

Here's an example in Minecraft:

There are probably a few good ways to do this and a lot of bad ways. It would be nice if I could just enter a number somewhere and then it would make some hearts greyed out. A pseudocode example:
func lose_life():
get_node("heart_counter").hearts -= 1

I'm surprised no one has asked about this before. So if anyone has good ideas for how I could make this work, it would be great if you shared them! Thank you.


  • MegalomaniakMegalomaniak Posts: 2,615Admin

    Welcome to the forums, though you might want to check your email for a account confirmation link. Including the spam folder just to be sure.

  • TwistedTwiglegTwistedTwigleg Posts: 2,634Admin

    For a jam game I made, I just did the brute force approach and made three sprites and some simple code that takes a value and enables/disables the hearts as necessary based on the number passed.

    Here is the relevant snippets of the code I used:

    # Located in a function called _setup()
    panel_player_1 = get_node("Top_Bar_Container/Panel_P1");
    panel_player_1_health_1 = get_node("Top_Bar_Container/Panel_P1/Heart_01");
    panel_player_1_health_2 = get_node("Top_Bar_Container/Panel_P1/Heart_02");
    panel_player_1_health_3 = get_node("Top_Bar_Container/Panel_P1/Heart_03");
    panel_player_1.visible = false;
    # Located in a function called update_player_health_ui
    if (player_health <= 0):
        panel_player_1_health_1.modulate =;
        panel_player_1_health_2.modulate =;
        panel_player_1_health_3.modulate =;
    elif (player_health == 1):
        panel_player_1_health_1.modulate = Color.white;
        panel_player_1_health_2.modulate =;
        panel_player_1_health_3.modulate =;
    elif (player_health == 2):
        panel_player_1_health_1.modulate = Color.white;
        panel_player_1_health_2.modulate = Color.white;
        panel_player_1_health_3.modulate =;
    elif (player_health >= 3):
        panel_player_1_health_1.modulate = Color.white;
        panel_player_1_health_2.modulate = Color.white;
        panel_player_1_health_3.modulate = Color.white;

    I wouldn't necessarily recommend writing a health counter like this if you have the time to write a better system, but because it was for a game jam I decided to use the simplest solution first.
    A better solution might be making each heart in the heart counter its own object, and then using something like a for loop to tell each heart to update based on the value passed.

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