What is Animation?

Consider the following image:

Here we can see a number of frames, when we move those frames in one place at a certain speed we animate the character.

The engo game engine supports raster and vector graphics animation.


It is quite common in computer animation to see so called “Spritesheets”. A spritesheet is an image that consists of one or many frames that become part of one or multiple animations.

Spritesheet can be divided into two categories:

Engo supports both symmetrical spritesheets and unsymmetrical ones but handling of them in the code is slightly different.

Symmetrical spritesheet:


For symmetrical textures in engo game engine, there is a class that allows us to pass texture and automatically compute sprites (sub cells) out of an image file. A sprite is represented by a Region class.

Useful methods from a Spritesheet:

NewSpritesheetFromTexture(texture *Texture, cellWidth, cellHeight int) *Spritesheet

NewSpritesheetFromFile(textureName string, cellWidth, cellHeight int) *Spritesheet

Drawable(index int) Drawable

CellCount() int

Drawables() []Drawable

How to animate from a symmetrical spritesheet?

First, we need to create a spritesheet. Let’s load a texture. We can define a Preload() method in our GameWorld:

func (*DefaultScene) Preload() {

now we need to take a look at our spritesheet and check which frames correspond to our animation. Frames can be accessed using index and:

   Drawable(index int) Drawable

once we have that jotted down we can in setup method instantiate Spritesheet and AnimationAction

func (*DefaultScene) Setup(w *ecs.World)) {

  spriteSheet := engo.NewSpritesheetFromFile("hero.png", 150, 150)

  animationAction := &engo.AnimationAction{Name: "run", Frames: []int{0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10}}

  hero := scene.CreateEntity(&engo.Point{0, 0}, spriteSheet, animationAction)

  // Add our hero to the appropriate systems
  	for _, system := range w.Systems() {
  		switch sys := system.(type) {
  		case *engo.RenderSystem:
  			sys.Add(&hero.BasicEntity, &hero.RenderComponent, &hero.SpaceComponent)
  		case *engo.AnimationSystem:
  			sys.Add(&hero.BasicEntity, &hero.AnimationComponent, &hero.RenderComponent)
  		case *ControlSystem:
  			sys.Add(&hero.BasicEntity, &hero.AnimationComponent)