Level Editor

From Shoot Em Up Kit


The Level Editor is used to build each level in a game. To open the Level Editor click the ToolBarLevelEditor.png Level Editor icon on the Tool Bar.

Level Editor Properties

To change the Level Editor properties, click the ToolBarLEProps.png Level Editor Properties icon on the Tool Bar.


Options are:

Game Window: Check to display level in a window, uncheck to show full screen

Show Recent Item Bar: Check to show the Recent Items Bar for fast selection of recently used items

Movement Speed: Controls the speed of movement around the level in editor mode - increase to move quickly round a large level

Moving Around the Level

The speed of movement can be changed in the Level Editor Properties. Controls are:

Look around: Hold the right mouse button and move the mouse

Move around: Hold the [CTRL] key and the right mouse button and move the mouse or use keys WSAD

Move around 10x speed: As above but hold down [SHIFT]

Zoom in/out: Use the mouse wheel

Zoom in/out 10x speed: Use the mouse wheel and hold down [SHIFT]

Rotate around an object: Select the object, hold the [ALT] key and the right mouse button and move the mouse

Hide/Show All Windows: Key F2

Replace current Entity: Key F4

Test level: Key F5

Tools Menu

The Tools Menu is used to place objects in a level. It also allows the user to modify Level Settings, select an item in the level, and display or resize the grid.

Define Menu

The Define Menu is used to set up Definitions which can be used by multiple Players, NPCs, Weapons or Bullets, and include properties such as health, movement and how to react when destroyed. It is also used to set up Shields and Upgrades.

Recent Items Bar


The Recent Items Bar shows the most recently placed Player, NPC, Scenery or Object types in a level. It gives a quick way to place more of the same type of item - just click the item to select then move the mouse to the desired position and click to place. To place multiple copies of an item, hold down [CTRL] while placing. Use the ToolBarLEProps.png Level Editor Properties to hide or show the bar.