TL;DR : I want to find a method to give an impulse to an object so that the speed of this object is precisely proportional to the scene size.
I am currently building a SpriteKit game that will be available on many different screen sizes, my scene resizes itself to be the same size in points as its view (
scene.scaleMode = .ResizeFill
), when I launched my game on other devices than the one which I had developed it, I noticed that :
- The size of nodes was too small
- The speed of the objects was too low (the way I give speed to my objects is by calling
on their physics body).
I think I fixed the size issue with a simple proportionality operation : I looked at the objectArea/sceneArea ratio of the scene that had the correct object size and than, instead of giving fixed dimensions to my objects, I simply gave them dimensions so that the ratio is always the same regardless of the scene area.
For the object speed, it was trickier...
I first thought it was due to the physics body mass being higher since the object itself was bigger, but since I attributed to objects their mass directly via their mass property, the objects would have the exact same mass regardless of their size.
I finally figured out that it was just due to the screen size being different therefore, an object, even by moving at the same speed, would seem to move slower on a bigger screen.
My problem is that I don't know exactly how to tune the strength of my impulse so that it is consistent across different scene sizes
, my current approach is this one :
force = sqrt(area) * k
Where k is also a proportionality coefficient, I couldn't do the proportionality on the area, otherwise, speed would have grown exponentially (so I did it with the square root of the area instead).
While this approach works, I only found this way of calculating it with my intuition. While I know that objects areas are correctly proportional to the scene size, I can't really know if the speed can be considered as equivalent on all screen sizes
Do you know what I should do to ensure that the speed will always be equivalent on all devices ?