I'm making my fitst pico8 game, and I'm trying to make an AI that shoots the bullet at where the player would be at once the bullet reaches it, so avoiding bullet won't be so easy like the small saucer's shots in asteroids does.

when i used game maker, I could easily implement it by using this example:https://www.gmlscripts.com/script/intercept_course

but since pico8 uses completely different langauge and there is no arcsin() function, it was impossible to replicate it for pico8.

function asin(y) return atan2(sqrt(1-y*y),-y) end local mex=s.x+4 local mey=s.y+4 local targetx=player.x+4 local targety=player.y+4 s.shootdir=atan2(targetx-mex,targety-mey)*360 local targetspd=dst(player.x,player.y,player.x+player.dx,player.y+player.dy) local targetdir=atan2((player.x+player.dx)-player.x,(player.y+player.dy)-player.y)*360 local sdir=s.shootdir local beta=(targetspd/s.shootspd) * sin((targetdir-sdir)*3.14159265/180) s.shootdir+=asin(beta)*180/3.14159265 bulletdx=cos(t.shootdir/360)*t.shootspd bulletdy=sin(t.shootdir/360)*t.shootspd |

this was my trial of replicating the code in lua. similar to game maker's direction, 0 is east and 90 is north. but it didnot work properly, the enemy shoots the bullet at strange angles.

local mex=s.x+4 local mey=s.y+4 local targetx=player.x+4 local targety=player.y+4 local effientx = ((targetx-mex)/(s.shootspd/2))*player.dx local effienty = ((targety-mey)/(s.shootspd/2))*player.dy s.shootdir=atan2((targetx+effientx)-mex,(targety+effienty)-mey)*360 bulletdx=cos(t.shootdir/360)*t.shootspd bulletdy=sin(t.shootdir/360)*t.shootspd |

I have tried this as well, it seemed to work fine at first glance, but after more testing I realized that the enemy don't precisely aim the bullet at the moving player.

Does anyone know or give some hint about making prediction shooting in pico8's language ?

okay, I have uploaded the cart press X to thrust and see the enemy's firing pattern.

if i shouldn't convert radian and deg, how should i write it ?

I added *pi/180 because that's how I understood according to the 11th page of this tutorial : https://demoman.net/?a=trig-for-games

GM first method works fine *dropping* all the useless angle conversions.

pico angles are between 0-1, not 0-Pi or 0-360

take care to negate beta (pico sin is *reversed*)

there are also a couple of useless calculations:

dist(x,y,x+dx,y+dy) = dist(0,0,dx,dy) ... (x+dx)-x = dx |

thank you so much for helping, freds72. it now works.

s.shootdir=dir(mex,mey,targetx,targety) local targetspd=dst(player.x,player.y,player.x+player.dx,player.y+player.dy) local targetdir=dir(0,0,player.dx,player.dy) local sdir=s.shootdir local beta=(targetspd/s.shootspd) * sin((targetdir-sdir)/-360) s.shootdir+=asin(beta)*360 |

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