Your game will surely need sound! Cocos2d-x provides an audio engine called SimpleAudioEngine. It can be used to play background music as well as sound effects through out your game play. SimpleAudioEngine is a shared singleton object so you can simple call it from anywhere in your code. When creating a sample HelloWorld project we do all the setup required for you, out of the box. It also supports a variety of formats, including mp3 and Core Audio Format

Getting Started

The SimpleAudioEngine API is very easy to use.

Play background music

Play an audio file for use as background music. This can be repeated continuously.

auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// set the background music and continuously play it.
audio->playBackgroundMusic("mymusic.mp3", true);

// set the background music and play it just once.
audio->playBackgroundMusic("mymusic.mp3", false);

Play a sound effect.

Play a sound effect.

auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// play a sound effect, just once.
audio->playEffect("myEffect.mp3", false, 1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f);

Pausing, stopping, resuming music and sound effects

After you start to play music and sound effects you might need to pause, stop or resume after certain operations. This can be done easily.


auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// pause background music.

// pause a sound effect.

// pause all sound effects.


auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// stop background music.

// stop a sound effect.

// stops all running sound effects.


auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// resume background music.

// resume a sound effect.

// resume all sound effects.

Advanced audio functionality


It is easy to get started using the SimpleAudioEngine API. There are considerations to keep in mind when using audio in your game. Mostly when operating on mobile devices such as phones and tablets. What happens when you multi-task on your phone and are switching between apps? Or when a phone call comes in? You need to handle these exceptions in your game. Fortunately, we help you here.

In AppDelegate.cpp, notice the following methods:

// This function will be called when the app is inactive. When comes a phone call,
// it's be invoked too
void AppDelegate::applicationDidEnterBackground() {

    // if you use SimpleAudioEngine, it must be pause
    // SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance()->pauseBackgroundMusic();

// this function will be called when the app is active again
void AppDelegate::applicationWillEnterForeground() {

    // if you use SimpleAudioEngine, it must resume here
    // SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance()->resumeBackgroundMusic();

Notice the commented out lines for SimpleAudioEngine? Make sure to uncomment these lines out if you are using audio for background sounds and sound effects.

Pre-loading sound

When your game starts you might want to pre-load the music and effects so they are ready when you need them.

auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// pre-loading background music and effects. You could pre-load
// effects, perhaps on app startup so they are already loaded
// when you want to use them.


// unload a sound from cache. If you are finished with a sound and
// you wont use it anymore in your game. unload it to free up
// resources.


You can increase and decrease the volume of your sounds and music programmatically.

auto audio = SimpleAudioEngine::getInstance();

// setting the volume specifying value as a float