Doodad Tool#

The game ships with a command-line program called doodad which assists in creating and managing custom doodads and levels.

The doodad tool can show and set details on .doodad and .level files used by the game, create new doodads from PNG images and attach custom JavaScript source to program behavior of doodads.

Where to Find It#

The doodad tool should be in the same place as the game executable.

On Windows, the program is called doodad.exe and comes in the zip file next to the game executable, doodle.exe.

On Linux, it will typically be at /opt/sketchymaze/doodad if you installed the game from a .rpm or .deb package, or else for Flatpak it's included within the app bundle and invoked like so:

$ flatpak run com.sketchymaze.Doodle doodad --help

On Mac OS, it is found inside the .app bundle; right-click the 'Sketchy Maze.app' to find the option to browse inside the .app bundle.

Usage#

Run doodad --help to get usage information.

The program includes several sub-commands, such as doodad convert. Type a subcommand and --help to get help on that command, for example:

doodad convert --help

Examples#

Here are some common scenarios and use cases for the doodad tool.

Show#

# Usage:
doodad show [doodad or level filename]

Shows metadata and details about a level or doodad file.

Examples:

$ doodad show button.doodad
===== Doodad: button.doodad =====
Headers:
  File version: 1
  Game version: 0.0.10-alpha
  Doodad title: Button
        Author: Noah
        Locked: true
        Hidden: false
   Script size: 473 bytes

Palette:
  - Swatch name: Color<#000000+ff>
    Attributes:  solid
    Color:       #000000
  - Swatch name: Color<#666666+ff>
    Attributes:  none
    Color:       #666666
  - Swatch name: Color<#999999+ff>
    Attributes:  fire
    Color:       #999999

Layer 0: button1
Chunks:
  Pixels Per Chunk: 37^2
  Number Generated: 1
  Coordinate Range: (0,0) ... (36,36)
  World Dimensions: 36x36
  Use -chunks or -verbose to serialize Chunks

Layer 1: button2
Chunks:
  Pixels Per Chunk: 37^2
  Number Generated: 1
  Coordinate Range: (0,0) ... (36,36)
  World Dimensions: 36x36
  Use -chunks or -verbose to serialize Chunks

Convert#

# Usage:
doodad convert [options] <input files.png> <output file.doodad>

Creating a Doodad from PNG images#

Suppose you have PNG images named "frame0.png" through "frame3.png" and want to create a doodad from those images. This will convert them to the doodad file "custom.doodad":

# Convert PNG images into a doodad.
doodad convert frame0.png frame1.png frame2.png frame3.png custom.doodad

# The same, but also attach custom tags with the doodad.
doodad convert --tag color=blue frame{0,1,2,3}.png custom.doodad

Convert a level to a PNG image#

doodad convert my.level output.png

Create a level from a PNG image#

doodad convert level.png output.level