NEW VERSION UPLOADED FOR GMS 2.3+
This version of Aura is only for GameMaker Studio 2. For GM:S 1.4, please see here.
Aura is a lightweight, simple to use lighting engine for your 2D games. It's main feature is that it is simple to use and a no-fuss solution to the problem of creating lights and shadows in GameMaker.
Version 2.0 offers numerous improvements over the original, and makes the most of the new GMS2 capabilities, making it more feature rich than ever!
Why not see for yourself by checking out the Aura 2 Live Demo?
Cross platform! Tested on UWP, Desktop, Mobile and HTML5!
Instance based lights that you can scale, rotate, colour and fade easily
Static or dynamic lighting - static lights are blindingly fast, even in large numbers, and can even be temporarily turned into dynamic lights so that you can control the performance of your game at all times
Dynamic lights create realistic shadows, with multiple lights casting multiple shadows
Shadows can be defined as box, circle or polygon shapes. Polygon shadows can be created easily through a points list method and can be convex or concave.
You can create a shadow mesh from a tilemap layer too!
Option to have "soft" shadows
Huge number of "convenience" scripts included to make using the engine a breeze
Lighting created with "Multiply" blending rather than "Additive" blending, giving super-natural effects, without any of the brightness and saturation associated with other lighting engines.
Three demo rooms included for Dynamic Lights, Static Lights, and a General demo room where you can see how all the features work together.
Every single script is commented in detail, explaining exactly how it works, typical uses, return values and suggestions for edits or changes
This version fixes a bug with some of the Aura Engine scripts that weren't changing the colour, alpha, AA, etc... correctly.
UPDATED FOR 2.3+
This version is 100% compatible with GMS 2.3 and above. It has been rewritten and redesigned for that (and later) versions of GameMaker. If you have already integrated Aura in your game DO NOT UPDATE as function names and script structure have changed.
There are some new functions available and the documentation of each function has been cleaned up and improved.