Sam Sam - 8 months ago 38
Swift Question

How to have a sprite follow another "within bounds"

I want to create an eyeball that follows the user. In this sense, the eye should follow the position of the user but should only be able to move within certain bounds (The eye socket). The code I wrote below works, but its very choppy.

if(dist <= socketRadius - self.aEye.size.width/2.2){
lastPosition = self.aEye.position
self.aEye.physicsBody?.velocity = CGVector(dx:theVec.dx * eyeMoveSpeed, dy:theVec.dy * eyeMoveSpeed)

let toCenterVector = normalizeVector( CGVector(dx:(self.socket.position.x - self.aEye.position.x), dy:(self.socket.position.y - self.aEye.position.y)*3 ))
self.aEye.physicsBody?.velocity = toCenterVector

is the distance from the eyeball to the eyesocket center)

Is there a way to have a smooth flow of the eyeball around its socket to follow the user's position?


You can use SKConstraints to achieve this. Something like:

let rangeToCenterSprite = SKRange(lowerLimit: 80, upperLimit: 90)
var distanceConstraint: SKConstraint

distanceConstraint = SKConstraint.distance(rangeToCenterSprite, toNode: SpriteNodeInEyeCenter)
EyeBallSprite.constraints = [distanceConstraint]