Handling Swipe Gestures in a SpriteKit Game

February 16th, 2018

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When you create a SpriteKit Xcode project, the GameScene.swift file contains functions to handle touch and/or mouse events, depending on the type of SpriteKit project you create. You can also use swipe gestures in SpriteKit games. Supporting swipe gestures requires you to perform two tasks.

The first task is to create a swipe gesture recognizer. The swipe gesture recognizer takes two arguments: a target and a selector (function) to call when someone performs the gesture. Set the swipe gesture recognizer’s direction and add it to the view. The following code demonstrates how to create a swipe gesture recognizer for swiping right:

override func didMove(to view: SKView) {
    let swipeRight = UISwipeGestureRecognizer(target: self, 
        action: #selector(GameScene.swipeRight(sender:)))
    swipeRight.direction = .right

The second task is to write a function to handle the swipe.

@objc func swipeRight(sender: UISwipeGestureRecognizer) {
    // Handle the swipe

The functions to handle the swipes need the @objc at the start because they’re selectors that access the Objective-C runtime.

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