KorGE Tutorial - Writing 2048 game. Step 0 - Introduction

KorGE is an open source multiplatform game engine written in Kotlin. You can use it to develop your own games of various genres targeting JVM, Web, Android and iOS. In this tutorial I will guide you through the steps of writing a 2048 game using KorGE and Kotlin.You can check the resulting game here. The source code is on GitHub.

This tutorial will have several parts - steps. In them, we will discuss the following features of KorGE:

  • Views and graphics
  • Text and images
  • Positioning
  • Mouse and keyboard events
  • Animation
  • Native Storage
  • and more!

Well, let’s get started!Note: you need to install Java JDK and Intellij IDEA before start.

First, we need to create a new project for our game. There are two ways to do it:

Creating new project

1. Using KorGE Intellij plugin

KorGE provides an IntelliJ plugin, that allows you to create KorGE projects.You can read this guide or watch this video to know how to install the plugin and create a new project via it.

2. Downloading/cloning project template

You can clone the template project from GitHub or download this archive with it. Once we have a new project, we need to configure it for the game.

Game configuration

In the new project you will have the build.gradle.kts file that looks like this:

korge {
   id = "com.example.example"

The korge block is the place where you can specify some information about the game. For example, let’s write id and name of the game:

korge {
	id = "com.example.puzzle2048"
	name = "2048"

Note:_ you can read the full configuration description _ here__.

Now let’s go to the main function that is executed when the game is launched. It locates at src/commonMain/kotlin/main.kt. It should look like this:

suspend fun main() = Korge(width = 512, height = 512, bgcolor = Colors["#2b2b2b"]) {
	val minDegrees = (-16).degrees
	val maxDegrees = (+16).degrees
	val image = image(resourcesVfs["korge.png"].readBitmap()) {
		rotation = maxDegrees
		anchor(.5, .5)
		position(256, 256)
	while (true) {
		image.tween(image::rotation[minDegrees], time = 1.seconds, easing = Easing.EASE_IN_OUT)
		image.tween(image::rotation[maxDegrees], time = 1.seconds, easing = Easing.EASE_IN_OUT)

It’s a template code. You can launch the project (the section below) and see what it does. The important part here is the Korge(…) call. It lets you specify the stage’s size, background color and some other elements.

Let’s define width, height, title and background color of our game. Also let’s remove unnecessary stuff inside Korge(…) { … }:

suspend fun main() = Korge(width = 480, height = 640, title = "2048", bgcolor = RGBA(253, 247, 240)) {
	// TODO: we will write code for our game here later

Note: There are several ways how you can define a color in korge. One of them is by specifying Int/Float/HexInt values for red, green, blue and alpha (optional) in _ RGBA. The other one is by specifying hex string for the whole color via _Colors[“#……”] . The another one - by using color name with Colors.* prefix. So the four options below are equivalent:

  • RGBA(0x00, 0x00, 0xFF, 0xFF)
  • RGBA(0, 0, 255)
  • Colors["#0000FF"]
  • Colors.BLUE

After the previous changes let’s launch our game and see that everything works correctly.

Game launch

Since KorGE supports several platforms, you can launch your game on any of them. There are official guides about game launch on Desktop (JVM), Web (JS), Desktop (Native), Android and iOS. I prefer to use JVM because it’s the simplest and fastest way of testing a KorGE project. In order to launch your game on JVM, you should write this line in terminal:

./gradlew runJvm

To simplify game launch, I suggest you use Intellij’s interface for running configurations. There is a special drop-down element at the top of the Intellij’s window:

You need to click on it and select “Edit Configurations…”. You’ll see the “Run/Debug Configurations” window. Now click on the “+” button at the top left of the window, select “Gradle” and specify your Gradle project and Gradle task runJvm like here:

After saving changes you will be able to launch your game by clicking the green triangle button at the top of Intellij. At this moment, when launching the game, we’ll see just a beige window with the specified size and title:

In the next part of the tutorial, we’ll know how to use graphics and text views and how to position them. We’ll add a logo, score views and a background for our game. Stay tuned!

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