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Simple Invaders: Engineering alien encounters

Like other art forms, video games have their classic genres— and the "alien invasion" is one of those. If you've ever set foot in a video arcade, you've seen the onslaught of extraterrestrials descending to the surface of Earth, deterred only by the nimble manipulation of some heavy artillery. Saving the planet: It's a dirty job, but someone (preferably with an ample supply of quarters) has got to do it.

This project invokes the classic format to demonstrate Director's strength as a programming tool, using a handful of animation techniques, lists, and parent/child objects to achieve the playability that used to require thousands of lines of complex code. Simple Invaders is an eloquent example of the potential of script-based authoring—and its single-frame structure makes it ideal for online playback via Shockwave.

You can find the movie Invaders.dir on the CD in a folder named Invaders located in the Movie folder.


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