# Stencil Buffer not working as expected in OpenGL ES 2.0 (Android)

I'm trying to get to grips with the stencil buffer.

Apart from setting up viewport, camera, etc, my OpenGL ES 2.0 initialisation code is:

GLES20.glDisable(GLES20.GL_CULL_FACE);
GLES20.glDisable(GLES20.GL_DEPTH_TEST);
GLES20.glEnable(GLES20.GL_BLEND);
GLES20.glEnable(GLES20.GL_STENCIL_TEST);

GLES20.glBlendFunc(GLES20.GL_SRC_ALPHA, GLES20.GL_ONE_MINUS_SRC_ALPHA);
GLES20.glClearColor(0.2f, 0.8f, 1.0f, 0);
GLES20.glClearStencil(0);


My main code is below.

        GLES20.glEnable(GLES20.GL_STENCIL_TEST);
GLES20.glStencilFunc(GLES20.GL_NEVER, 1, 0xFF);
GLES20.glStencilOp(GLES20.GL_REPLACE, GLES20.GL_KEEP, GLES20.GL_KEEP);

GLES20.glClear(GLES20.GL_STENCIL_BUFFER_BIT);

// draw sprites
player.draw();

GLES20.glStencilMask(0x00); // don't effect the stencil buffer
GLES20.glStencilFunc(GLES20.GL_EQUAL, 0, 0xFF);
// draw where stencils value is 0 if we want...

GLES20.glStencilFunc(GLES20.GL_EQUAL, 1, 0xFF);
// draw where stencils value is 1 if we want...

level.draw();

GLES20.glDisable(GLES20.GL_STENCIL_TEST);


However, this doesn't work. As expected this code does not draw the payer. The player (or the filled square surrounding the player) should be drawn to the stencil buffer. The next part of the code should draw the level, which should be clipped to the boundary of the player (or the square boundary of the player). What this code actually does is draw the whole level.

Why is the code not clipping the level to the profile of the player, or at least the square bounding the player ?

mGLSurfaceView.setEGLConfigChooser(8, 8, 8, 8, 16, 8);