# beanz Magazine

## TIC-80 Maps and Music

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Add multimedia & more to your fantasy computer game to make it cooler than ever.

This issue, we’re back to working on TIC-80, the fantasy computer for making retro games!

As a refresher, last time we started the basics of a platformer. We talked about how to make a character react to gravity and make the ground solid. We also played with the sound wave generator in order to make custom sound effects. This time we’ll be talking about:

• How to use the full map system in order to have more than one screen for our game
• How to refactor the code we wrote last time so we can more easily add features
• How to use the music tracker to create a little background tune in our game

As a refresher, our code from last time looked like:

```t=0
x=96
y=0
vy=0

function TIC()
cls(0)
map(0,0)
if btn(2) then x=x-1 end
if btn(3) then x=x+1 end

if mget(x//8,(y+6)//8) == 2 or
(mget(x//8,(y+6)//8) == 1)
then vy = 0
else vy = vy +1 end

if btn(0) and mget(x//8,(y+6)//8) == 2
then
vy=-8
sfx(0,"C#4",20)
end
y = y + vy
spr(3+t%60//30,x,y,0,1)
t=t+1
end
```

We used a number of global variables – x, y, vy — to represent the state of the player: their x and y coordinates and their velocity in the y direction. We then wrote a main game loop, the TIC function, that handled keyboard inputs for movement. We drew the one screen we painted with a call to map(0,0). Our code used the mget function extensively to ask TIC what kind of tile was in a location: we used this to figure out if we were standing on the ground.

This time around we’ll be moving between screens. As a reminder, in TIC-80 you have a map editor that shows you the full map of the game, split visually into a bunch screen-sized chunks:

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