A set of rules that govern an in-game experience. Game design is an effort to come up with game mechanics that allow for players to have a fun and engaging experience.

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Restricting my horizontal slash attack

I've been working on making this slash attack for my character in the unity engine. The whole point to this script is to put the damage range in sync with the slashing animation. The slash is ...
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Algorithm for a smooth weather transitions in game weather system

I've been slowly learning c++ and building up a codebase intending to create a simple first person role playing game. I've coded a time management tool to track time elapsed in game, an inventory and ...
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Branching quest system

I've started working in a quest system for my game, but I stumble in a zone where I have to many, if/else conditions to handle a quest, whether you have X and Y item in your inventory, whether you ...
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How can I predict player-to-projectile collisions in Box2D?

I'm making a real time shooting game with Box2D as the physics engine. The gameplay is mostly about trajectory, like Angry Birds. I want to make a slow motion effect and move camera to the player when ...
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Skill vs. Luck, the ratio and its measurement

Gamer buddies, is there a term to describe the level of variance in a game, in comparison to luck. The card game war would have 0 skill and 1.0 luck because the player cannot affect the game. I can't ...
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Moving a character depending on the direction he is facing (C#/Unity3D)

Right now I have a small soldier on the screen that moves with W, A, S, D and rotates / changes direction with the arrow keys. What I want to happen is when the player's direction changes (by using ...
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Progression in a Sandbox Game (to xp or not to xp) [closed]

I'd like to know the strengths and weaknesses of different progression methods through a game (or a part of a game), where they're suited best, and where they should never appear. I have several ...
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What are some methods which can be applied to make arcade-highscore games fun/interesting? [closed]

Consider an arcade game where you shoot falling objects and the goal is to beat the high-score. What are some methods you can apply to such games to make the player feel it is fun and wants to play ...
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memorizing button tap code iOS game

I'm using a single view app in Xcode 6.1 for my game with Storyboards. Not unity or sprite kit. It's a small game not even 3MB. Anyways, I created un-lockable characters with a BOOLEAN. ...
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Is there any easy way to understand the Alpha Beta for Othello?

I'm stuck with coding the Alpha Beta algorithm for a console-based game I'm developping at the moment. I tried to understand how it works for a week but still no idea how to get started with it. Here ...
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How, if possible, do you add loop cuts to models in real time?

I am working on a prototype for a very low poly game. I can't figure out a way for a player to cut or break objects in real time without predefined fractures. For example, if a player cuts a tree, it ...
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Simple way to shoot bullets from a ship at angles for shoot em up

Just like the title says. I'm working on a shoot em up for a personal project, and I can't seem to get this to work. I don't have any code for it, but I do have the code to make my ship shoot, but ...
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How to implement trading card game's “special effects cards”?

I am trying to write a kind of a trading card game here, in some way, it is similar to Magic The Gathering, or the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. For those of you who are not familiar with it, basically, in ...
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How to move objects in any direction by swiping with libgdx android game development

first of, I'm new to android game development so I don't know all the classes and dictionaries within android and libgdx. I'm actually following a game development tutorial for the first time ...
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Calculating Delta time , what is wrong?

For 2 days now i am trying to calculate the correct delta time for my game , I am starting to getting crazy since i tried all the solutions that i found on the 5 first google pages... What is wrong? I ...
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How can I efficiently represent territories and their borders on a map like if it was a Risk board game?

I am exploring the idea of programming a territory control based RTS. These territories would be in 3D and I would like their colors to change when captured to represent the faction's color. I would ...
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What is the difference between framerate independent vs framerate dependent?

What is the difference between framerate independent vs framerate dependent? Can you please give an example.
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Game mechanic player following path looks very roughly

I want my player entity to follow a path, which works, but it looks very roughly. Like it would stuck everytime. bool arrivedX = false; bool arrivedY = false; float speed = 0.06f; ...
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Space invader barrier implementation algorithm

I've been struggling with implementing the space invader bullet to barriers. I wanted right now to blast a circle around, when the bullet hits the barrier and modifies the circle. As shown in the ...
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Spherical Collision

I have a made spherical collision system which creates a major problem, the balls gets stuck to each other on high speed and sometime with low speed collisions. I researched a lot but I couldn't found ...
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What is the better way to speed up gameplay as the level rises?

I started with game programming couple of weeks back. For the starters I tried to develop ZigZag (link takes you to 2 min gameplay). I am done with the logic of gameplay by now. It runs well and ...
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Jelly ground collision

For fun I am trying to replicate the mechanics from The Floor is Jelly. So far I have successfully created "jelly islands/blocks" which are represented by an array of points and then drawn by using ...
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How do I write a wave-spawning system for a shoot-em-up?

I recently played Knightmare Tower and was amazed by the way how different monsters are beign spawned. I'm aware of time-based and count-based spawing systems in shoot-em-ups. Count-based systems ...
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Procedural Progressive wave system advice [duplicate]

I am developing a game based on waves. Enemies appear as time passes by and every level the hero must kill all the enemies to move to the next level. At this time I have 2 types of waves. Progressive ...
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Z axis for player movement is being incremented, but i don't know how

I'm currently learning and developing a 2D plataform game in Unity, but now i'm having some errors that i can't solve. When I press the arrow keys to make my character move right and left, the Z axis ...
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How do I derive an appropriate acceleration value for my game?

I am creating a Flappy Bird clone from this tutorial. I have a question about acceleration in libgdx. The author assigned the bird a constant acceleration vector in the constructor of the bird ...
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Applying statements to a single instance in Game Maker?

I'm currently in the process of making a platformer, and am currently in the process of creating "depth" into my game, by making Up/Down-W/S control your depth. (Come closer to screen, go further). ...
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AI to help player by suggesting upgrades

Suppose I'm creating a racing game.. I would like to implement an awareness system AI, that will suggest to the player that he can buy that booster or some other upgrade, .. etc. How should I start ...
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As an indie game dev, what processes are the best for soliciting feedback on my design/spec/idea? [closed]

Background I have worked in a professional environment where the process usually goes like the following: Brain storm idea Solidify the game mechanics / design Iterate on design/idea to create a ...
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Recommended approach for event system in Java

What are the recommended approaches for an event system of a turn-based RPG's battle engine? The system I'm currently working on has a runEvent method that sorts the actions queue based on their ...
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How can I implement large moving “colossus” characters that also act as environmental objects?

I'm curious how enormous characters that act both as entities and environments are implemented. I'm thinking of characters like in Shadow of the Colossus which move, but which the player can also ...
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What is the difference between a tech tree and crafting? [closed]

Are tech trees and crafting the same thing, except the mechanism to attain them? What the real difference between the two?
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Android Bitmap: Collision Detecting

I am writing an Android game right now and I would need some help in the collision of the Pawns on screen. I figured I could run a for loop on the Player class with all Pawn objects on the screen ...
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Algorithm for optimal control on space ship using accelerometer input data

Does someone have a good algorithm for controlling a space ship in a vertical shooter game using acceleration data? I have done a simple algorithm, but works very badly. I save an initial ...
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Implement an action “while” touching event

I'm making a game using Xcode for iOS. This is a segment of code I have that makes the sprite jump up when the screen is tapped: //tap/touch to jump (& play sound) -(void)touchesBegan:(NSSet ...
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What's the optimal balance of story and combat in a game? [closed]

A good movie must balance the action and storytelling so that it keeps the pace without boring the audience with too much story. Now the questions is how should the action and story be balanced in a ...
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Logic level representation that distinguishes “<<under>> and <<above>> the bridge”

I have an logic level/map representation for a 3D game that uses vector<Area> where: class Area{ vector<Point2D> bounding; //determines the shape of the Area, its borders ...
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Collision detection algorithms with images (2-Dimensions)

Lately, I have been researching different Collision methods, how to deal with multiple collisions and different types of bounding shapes, circles, rectangles, polygons and ellipsoids. Some common ...
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Collision detection Libgdx

I'm trying to implement Collision detection using Rectangles for my game but can't seem to get it to work. Bullets are updated when pressing space every frame so they move across the screen. ...
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Stat Multipliers: from Base Value or Iterative

I'm aware similar questions have been asked before but this time I'm asking about a specific issue with the maths of stat modifiers. I have a stat system that applies a list of modifiers to a stat, ...
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Game Development Books [duplicate]

I am looking to expand my C# knowledge and am looking into a fun, long term project to help expand my knowledge. I've been studying programming for about a year, but I would still consider myself a ...
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Slots Machine Matching feature

I'm designing a slot machine. I need to find the number of combinations that two matching icons will appear side-by-side in a 3X5 window (3 rows, 5 reels (columns)) A match gives the user some ...
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2D character controller in unity (trying to get old-school platformers back)

This days I'm trying to create a 2D character controller with unity (using phisics). I'm fairly new to physic engines and it is really hard to get the control feel I'm looking for. I would be really ...
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Dynamic Crafting Systems [closed]

I have been toying with the idea of having a game that is based purely around crafting. That on its own is not much of a big deal. The way the crafting would work is the problem. The idea I have is ...
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Recommended list of games to develop at the beginning? [duplicate]

I am looking for simple games that I should develop to learn the basics of how different game mechanics work. I have read in many places that it is good to make Pong. Is there a recommended list of ...
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Using L-Systems to procedurally generate cities

I'm currently making an app that focuses a lot on procedurally generated content. So far, I've successfully implemented the procedural generation of the terrain and shape of a map using simplex noise. ...
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Add a Countdown Timer that increments in JavaScript and resets per level(Resovled)

I am currently developing a Simon says type game using jquery and javascript. I have linked a fully copy of the game on github Github download and unzip to see the game fully ...
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What are the common techniques to translate game ideas into game mechanics? [closed]

I would like to know of methods, ideas, etc... that game designers use to dissect a game idea and convert it into FUN game mechanics and integrate in a game. This necessity comes from my own and ...
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Random Placement of Objects on a Tilemap

I have read many topics on random world generation on this site and others, and I roughly understand most of it. What I can't see is how to randomly place objects on the generated tile map I get. Say ...
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Designing a weather system for biomes in a roguelike

I'm making a roguelike game similar to dwarf fortress. So far, I have an average temperature map and average yearly precipitation map generated with simplex noise. Now, I'm trying to implement a ...