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A Screamer, also known as a Jumpscare, is a project where an image suddenly appears along with a random sound (traditionally a scream — hence the name "screamer"). These projects are usually made to scare/surprise people or to make a person laugh. Screamers can be fun and enjoyable, but they should not be too distressful or otherwise inappropriate as Scratch is an all-ages website. If one sees a screamer project that is inappropriate or too scary, one should report it.[1]

The concept of a "screamer" is not unique to Scratch; the first notable ones were made starting from the year 2002. Today they are a common phenomenon on YouTube and other video hosting websites.

Note Caution: Due to the restriction of Five Nights at Freddy's projects, screamers are now almost intolerable on Scratch. It is extremely cautioned that you must seriously follow the warning in the next section.

Creating a Screamer

Note Warning: Keep in mind that this is a site for all ages. Never use frightening sounds or images. You can play a funny sound or a comical scream that goes along with a cartoony drawing, but never use images that would appear in real screamers. It's also wise to add a scare warning in the project notes, but be aware that it can make your project NFE. Failure to follow these rules will likely get your project unshared and lead to alerts or bans.

To create a Screamer, you need to first make a normal animation. Then add a new sprite, a 480x360 filled rectangle with your "scream" image. Finally, add this code:

when gf clicked
hide
when I receive [scream v]
show
play sound [scream v]// optional
forever
go to front

When your animation is over, you need to broadcast "scream" for your scream image to appear, along with the scream sound.

An example can be found here.

References

  1. ar-post:1215919