# Moving the Tank

Remember how we moved the spaceship in Gem Catcher? We used keyboard.left and keyboard.right to detect if those keys are pressed. Let's start with that, but change it to tank. I also reduced the speed a little as I don't want my tank to move too fast.

``````def update():
if keyboard.left:
tank.x = tank.x - 2
if keyboard.right:
tank.x = tank.x + 2
``````

Don't forget to erase the screen by filling it with a color (...I'm using black here).

``````screen.fill((0,0,0))
``````

To detect up and down, we can use keyboard.up and keyboard.down. For the full list of keys you can use, you can refer to the Pygame Zero documentations.

To move left and right, we changed x. To move up and down, we should change y.

``````def update():
if keyboard.left:
tank.x = tank.x - 2
if keyboard.right:
tank.x = tank.x + 2
if keyboard.up:
tank.y = tank.y - 2
if keyboard.down:
tank.y = tank.y + 2
``````

# Face where you're going

Now our tank can move in all directions, but it's not facing the right way! We should turn our tank so that it always faces the direction it is travelling in. I've done the first two below (..for left and right), can you do the rest?

``````def update():
if keyboard.left:
tank.x = tank.x - 2
tank.angle = 180
if keyboard.right:
tank.x = tank.x + 2
tank.angle = 0
if keyboard.up:
tank.y = tank.y - 2
if keyboard.down:
tank.y = tank.y + 2
``````

# if and elif

If we press two buttons (eg. up and left) at the same time, the tank will move diagonally. That can be good for some games, but we don't want that here. Even if two buttons are pressed at the same time, we only want the tank to move in a single direction. To do that, we'll change the second to fourth if into elif.

``````def update():
if keyboard.left:
tank.x = tank.x - 2
tank.angle = 180
elif keyboard.right:
tank.x = tank.x + 2
tank.angle = 0
elif keyboard.up:
tank.y = tank.y - 2
elif keyboard.down:
tank.y = tank.y + 2
``````

### elif

elif is Python's short form for else if. The statements under an elif, will only run if the previous if are not true. So in the latest example, only one of the conditions will run, no matter how many buttons you press simultaneously.