Creating a running score "bar" using... variables?

Looking for some help/advice for creating a 'running' score bar for a "spot the hazards" game. See two attached screenshots for a simplified example.

Here's what we're trying to do:

  • The score bar is at the bottom of the slide with blocks on it.
  • Each block of the bar represents 10 points. 150 points possible but you just need 100 to "win" the game.
  • You earn 10 points for every hazard you spot and click on in a work area (with multiple work areas depicted).
  • Each work area has 1-4 hazards pictured.
  • You don't have to find them all before continuing... if you find 3/4, we'll show you the one you didn't see before you move on.

I have no problems with [change the state] of [block 10] when [user clicks] [strap]. That would be fine if there were one item per picture, but there are multiple and they can be chosen in any order, so I don't want the blocks on the score bar to be tied directly to any single hazard. 

I know there is a way to do this with variables, but I can't seem to figure out the variables and course framework so that Storyline keeps a running score and updates the score bar as you find items randomly. And I can't figure out how to carry the score bar (in it's adjusted state) from one slide to the next. It resets on each slide.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions! 

4 Replies
Walt Hamilton

Rather than change the state when a learner clicks, add 10 points to a variable when the learner clicks on a hazard. That way any hazard raises the variable from wherever it might be. I assume you have a mechanism in place to prevent multiple clicks on any one hazard. Change the state of the bar when the variable changes.

Put the bar on the Master, and it will be on every slide where you want it, and carry its former state with it.

In the attached sample, Click on the blue box up to three times (I didn't take precautions to prevent extra clicks) to see how it works.



kate polichnowski

Thank you so much, Walt!  I followed your example (cannot thank you enough for this) and fixed the variables, etc. so that part is working.  

I moved the score bar to the master slide (which will ultimately make my timeline much cleaner, too - whew!!) but it still resets to it's initial state on each new slide.  I tried duplicating your slide in your sample and adjusting the variables but the same thing happens.  I'll keep playing around with it today to see if I can figure it out. Thank you again!