Creating Custom Doodads#

Sketchy Maze is designed to be modder friendly and provides tools to help you create your own custom doodads to use in your levels.

You can draw the sprites for the doodad either in-game or using an external image editor. Then, you can program their behavior using JavaScript to make them "do" stuff in-game and interact with the player and other doodads.

doodad (Command Line Tool)#

Your copy of the game should have shipped with a doodad command-line tool bundled with it. On Windows it's called doodad.exe and should be in the same folder as the game executable. On Mac OS, it is located inside the .app bundle.

The doodad tool provides a command-line interface to create and inspect doodad and level files from the game. You'll need to use this tool, at the very least, to attach a JavaScript to your doodad to make it "do" stuff in-game.

You can create a doodad from PNG images on disk, attach or view the JavaScript source on them, and view/edit metadata.

# (the $ represents the shell prompt in a command-line terminal)

# See metadata about a doodad file.
$ doodad show /path/to/custom.doodad

# Create a new doodad based on PNG images on disk.
$ doodad convert frame0.png frame1.png frame2.png output.doodad

# Add and view a custom script attached to the doodad.
$ doodad install-script index.js custom.doodad
$ doodad show --script custom.doodad

More info on the doodad program here.