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I'm currently making a game similar to this Nyan Cat flash game, although I'm using cocos2d. I'm having a hard time trying to make the rainbow effect:

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Currently, every update call I add a piece of rainbow on screen and move it back, having also added it into a special array. When a player changes its y coordinate I rotate all the added spites by a certain calculated value.

Honestly, it looks... not perfect and I've been wondering if there is better way?

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Think you can add an appropriate image instead of a link to a flash site? That would help this question stay useful. –  Byte56 Jul 11 '13 at 13:29
    
Most likely the issue comes from you just rotating the sprites. I don't know if Cocos2d has something built in to help with rail rendering but if it does not you can make the curve piece by drawing the rainbow tile as a pie slice rather than an actual tile. I can't say I know the math behind this, but I'm guessing your issues come from drawing the tiles over one another. Without a image or a better explanation of what your issue looks like I can't really suggest anything more than that. –  Benjamin Danger Johnson Jul 11 '13 at 16:29

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There's a special class available in cocos2d that renders a ribbon of quads for you. At one point it was named CCRibbon, but I think it has been changed to CCMotionStreak (docs). It's designed to render trails or ribbons. I think using that class would be the most efficient way to create such an effect.

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