Creative mode

A proper creative mode is slowly taking shape. In this mode the player is invulnerable, and I have a special inventory screen made specially for it:

As you can see, the healthbar is gone, as is the clothing/eating/sleeping button.

I still need to add flying. There will be a new button on the right side above the sneak mode button to activate it.

Creative mode is quite different from the other modes and I was worried that I’ll have to pepper the code with “if creativeMode do this else do that” kind of stuff which is never good for maintenance. But it wasn’t that bad. There is a total of 7 of such “ifs” in the code :-) When flying is added, I’ll probably have to put in a few more.

One unknown is how to deal with day/night cycles in creative. You cannot sleep at the moment (because the button is inaccessible). Either I will allow sleeping by placing the button somewhere else, or re-enable eating screen to give access to the old button, or add a new button on the right that will allow you to switch to different times of day instantly. Any opinions which is the best option?

30 Comments

  1. dova
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 01:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Re-enabling the eating button would be easier

  2. Collin
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 01:21 | Permalink | Reply

    The instant switching between day and night sounds like it would be awesome. It would allow you to build in the day and let you take pics at night, say if you are making something artistic that utilizes the lighting effects, and then switch back to make adjustments without have to wait around for all those z’s to fly around on the screen.

  3. Posted March 1, 2012 at 01:21 | Permalink | Reply

    I think the button to switch to different times instantly would be best for a creative mode.

  4. dova
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 02:06 | Permalink | Reply

    I’d like to change the mode

  5. Code5
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 02:10 | Permalink | Reply

    a bit off topic, i hope that if/when you add creative mode, harmless mode will still be available. personally i do like the challenge of having to find and obtain all the resources for the stuff i do, but i don’t really like it being all there at my fingertips

    harmless for the builders/explorers
    creative mode Just for the builders
    if that makes any sense

    • pippyo03
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 02:20 | Permalink | Reply

      I totally I i do like finding the resources!

  6. jriot10
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 02:40 | Permalink | Reply

    I believe that there should just be a button for day and night cycles because what happens when you have a building or something you want to show of and it looks better at night or day. Do you really want to wait all that time for the cycles too change? Also if he puts the person button back in then sleeping will require shelter which is too much of a pain for a creative mode.

    For flying i believe there should be a slide bar that you slide up to go up and slide down to go down. That way it is a lot easier.

  7. ninja kid
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 03:22 | Permalink | Reply

    You should be able to switch to night or day when ever.

  8. reebs
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 03:47 | Permalink | Reply

    I think instant daytime-nighttime switching would be more suitable for the creative mode. Anywhere where the player has more control over the game will be better for this game mode

  9. Posted March 1, 2012 at 04:10 | Permalink | Reply

    I’d like to see Instant block destruction, or at least a huge increase as it really reinforces the “Creative” aspect of the mod. Being able to build stuff faster and get rid of areas faster. Sleeping would be good for refreshing your spawn point. If you wanted to make the player invincible then there would really be no need for sleeping? Something to look at. You could remove night altogether which would be helpful, as all you’re really doing is building, which is harder at night.

    • reundeadified
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 04:44 | Permalink | Reply

      I like the day/night toggle idea, some buildings it structures may look better at night

      • Posted March 1, 2012 at 04:45 | Permalink | Reply

        True, I do think having buildings lit up at night can look cool. I’m for Toggle Day/Night.

  10. Fire_Pieman
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 05:43 | Permalink | Reply

    Great, I’m really looking forward to creative mode. =)
    Can it be made so that when you take a screenshot in creative mode it has some sort of mark that shows it was in creative mode, so we know if whoever is doing there screenshot built there amazing creation in creative mode, or built the same amazing creation in non-creative mode, so we can be that more impressed.

    • Skxawng
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 19:21 | Permalink | Reply

      good idea, although a logo or something could just be edited out. mebbe change the block textures slightly for creative mode?

  11. Posted March 1, 2012 at 06:17 | Permalink | Reply

    Yeah… FLOWERS !!!

  12. Callum James Yates (calgen)
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 06:54 | Permalink | Reply

    I think that where the original clothing button was. Put a “zzz” button. Simple and easy

    I also had another though yesterday. I was wondering about instead of the current move and look buttons. Joysticks? Like on the Xbox controller. Just a thought however and im looking forward to this next update

    Thanks

  13. Code5
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 07:18 | Permalink | Reply

    here’s a thought…more of a much later on idea..
    why not When you start a world have a difficulty selection with the 4 Creative, harmless, challenging, crewl Then a 5th selection called “custom” and once pressed you get a menu and you can tweak the game as you see fit

    flying on/off
    infinite build resources on/off
    hunting/animals on/off
    and so on for every little detail

    i would think this solution would fit everyone..just my opinion though

    • Code5
      Posted March 1, 2012 at 07:18 | Permalink | Reply

      i’m a windows phone and SC was My idea xD

  14. bastihiems
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 09:03 | Permalink | Reply

    First one question ;)
    When is it released?
    and just place a sleep button somewhere.

  15. bastihiems
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 09:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Can you say, when it is released in germany?
    Placing a new button is a good idea ;)

    • Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:28 | Permalink | Reply

      I plan to submit 1.8 this weekend but there are a lot of things to wrap up (magma spawning for example), if I have trouble with them I’ll have to delay.

      • bastihiems
        Posted March 1, 2012 at 21:52 | Permalink | Reply

        Sounds good :)

      • jriot10
        Posted March 1, 2012 at 22:27 | Permalink | Reply

        So you are not adding sharing and saving of worlds in this update?

        • Posted March 1, 2012 at 23:12 | Permalink

          Hi jriot10. If I am to submit over the weekend then not. Will have to be postponed until the next one again…

  16. Nikpol22
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 16:58 | Permalink | Reply

    I think it’s cool. And you should make a yourself killing button like in survival, that if you are in unknown place, you can kill yourself and respawn at the spawning area. And also add compass or it’s like unreal to play, I’m not hardcore Survivalcraft player, I think everybody want’s compass

  17. Worgun
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 21:59 | Permalink | Reply

    I would go for an instant day/night switch.
    And ability to change mode during the game. I’d love to build something amazing, and then have an ability to play with/in it in a normal (challenging) game mode.

    And one more thing – Kaalus, thank you for this great game! Keep up the good work.

  18. jriot10
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 02:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Since you added the placing of flowers in creative mode will we be able to harvest them in survival and plant them again?

  19. reebs
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 02:38 | Permalink | Reply

    I think there needs to be an automatic screenshot label for each of the game modes so people can’t post pictures from harmless/creative modes saying that they are in the harder mode. Love the direction the game is going in!

  20. dragomon64
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 06:05 | Permalink | Reply

    For most of it I would be flying around

  21. Posted June 22, 2014 at 17:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Does anyone know how to change creative mode to survival ,pls tell me in the comments thanks

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