The code from where I based my script.

The code I have has the these 2 problems:

  • The visual area for the player to see what unit are going to be selected doesn't work as intended, if I start dragging from left to right, and down, the selection area is drawn inverted. If I try to do the same but inverting the movement the selection area is drawn correctly.

  • The selection area and the units I want to select are not selected, or just selects just one, might have something to do with the problem above.

  • Something I have tried is the code alone in another scene, this baffles me because it works as intended, it doesn't have any one of the problem above!

The code:

extends Node2D

var dragging = false  # are we currently dragging?
var selected_units = []  # array of selected units
var drag_start = Vector2.ZERO  # location where the drag begian
var select_rect = RectangleShape2D.new()
const blue =  Color(0.59, 0.86, 1.0,0.4)
var drag_end  = Vector2.ZERO 
var selected = 0

func _unhandled_input(event):
    if event is InputEventMouseButton and event.button_index == BUTTON_LEFT:
        # When the mouse button is pressed, then the dragging starts
        if event.pressed:
            if selected_units.size() == 0:
                dragging = true
                drag_start = event.position
                for unit in selected_units:
                    selected_units = []
            dragging = true
            drag_start = event.position
        elif dragging:
            dragging = false
            drag_end = event.position
            drag_end = event.position
            select_rect.extents = (drag_end - drag_start) / 2
            var space = get_world_2d().direct_space_state
            var query = Physics2DShapeQueryParameters.new()
            query.collide_with_bodies = true
            query.transform = Transform2D(0, (drag_end + drag_start)/2)
            selected_units = space.intersect_shape(query)
            selected = selected_units.size() 
            for unit in selected_units:
    if event is InputEventMouseMotion and dragging:

func _draw():
    if dragging:
        draw_rect(Rect2(drag_start, get_global_mouse_position() - drag_start),
                blue, true)

Not sure why is that happening, now I think this is the line where the problem lies:

query.transform = Transform2D(0, (drag_end + drag_start)/2)

Since it's not inverting the area where we are trying to get the units selected. not sure if did I missed something to configure elsewhere? why my code fails when it's in the main scene of my game but not on the test scene?


1 Answer 1


I found what was the issue with the code. It turns out that event.position gives back local space coordinates instead of the global coordinates. Using get_global_mouse_position() makes the code work as intended.


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