Retro computer games… here’s how they make sprites come to life

If you make games using sprite sheets, these animation tricks come in handy for keeping things simple. It doesn’t take more than a few frames to give life to objects and characters.

Learn more from Ari Feldman’s book Designing Arcade Computer Game Graphics.

More info about animating sprites can be found here: Interactive Media and Game Development

Cylindrical
Rotational
Disintegration
Color Flash / sparkle
Scissors - simple closed to open movement
Growing / shrinking
Piston
Squeeze
Swing / pendulum
Slide
Open / close
Bounce
Stomp
Slink
Flight
Walk
Run
Jump
Crawl