Scripts:Fake Parallax

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Since Alectormancy it is possible to fake parallax scrolling of map layers using plotscripting.

This example script, adapted from Wandering Hamster, requires one timer, and assumes that layer 0 of the map is 1/3 the width and 1/3 the height of the rest of the map. If you want your background layer to be some other size, you can customize the lines that set the layerw and layerh variables.

To use this script, you will also need to copy all of the scripts on the Scripts:hero will move page, including the next leader pixel x/y and next camera pixel x/y scripts, into your scripts file. The parallax script will break if you do certain things, such as use camera follows npc; see the comments on the Scripts:hero will move page.

define constant(4, troll mountain parallax timer)

plotscript, troll mountain autorun, begin
  update troll mountain parallax

script, update troll mountain parallax, begin
  variable(sl, mapw, maph, screenw, screenh, layerw, layerh)
  if(current map <> map:troll mountain) then(
    stop timer(troll mountain parallax timer)
    #(The following is only needed if 'recreate map slices when leaving map' is off)
    sl := lookup slice(sl:map layer 0)
    set slice x(sl, 0)
    set slice y(sl, 0)
    exit script
  mapw := map width * 20
  maph := map height * 20
  screenw := slice width(sprite layer)
  screenh := slice height(sprite layer)
  layerw := mapw / 3  # e.g. 50 * 20 pixels
  layerh := maph / 3  # e.g. 20 * 20 pixels
  sl := lookup slice(sl:map layer 0)
  calculate next camera pixel xy
  set slice x(sl, (next camera pixel x * (mapw -- layerw) / (mapw -- screenw)))
  set slice y(sl, (next camera pixel y * (maph -- layerh) / (maph -- screenh)))
  # Set the script to run again next tick
  set timer(troll mountain parallax timer, 0, 1, @update troll mountain parallax)