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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How can I distribute powerups “fairly”? [closed]

I'm implementing a Bomberman-esque game in which players try to eliminate each other on a square tile-based arena. I'm currently implementing powerups that give the player who collected them a bonus ...
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Why would one have “waves” in each stage of a tower defense game?

For example, in Plants vs Zombies, the zombies come in waves. If I recall, there's always at least two waves. The first and easier wave and then when you get 90% through the stage there's a "final ...
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Is it possible to calculate or mathematically prove if a game is balanced / fair?

This question is not focussed on video games but games in general. I went to a boardgame trade fair yesterday and asked myself if there is a way to calculate the fairness of a game. Sure, some of them ...
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Verify which bubble is connected to top using DFS

I am working on a bubble shooter game in this game i have implemented searching using DFS as suggested in this link, and this is working fine. Update Here is my code for DFS ...
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LibGDX polygon caching

I am developing an Android game using LibGDX and I have big world map made of polygons. I use PolygonSprite and PolygonSpriteBatch, when I render map, I get 30-35fps and it feels laggy. I wonder if ...
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Game states vs calling new activities

I am trying to decide what the best method is to call "level complete-screen" and "game over-screen" in my real-time android 2d game. Currently I am using game-states and only updating my game when ...
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Centering three rectangles of different size

If I have 3 different sprites, that each belongs to the same sprite but with different animations type. Each has a different width, height, in the sprite sheet. How do I adjust the 3 using math, to ...
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How can I make different levels in a game?

Let's say I was working on a platform game. Each level has an exit. When the player reaches the exit, the game switches to the next level. What would be the best way represent and switch to the next ...
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How to balance experience gain in an RPG

I am currently developing an RPG game with a classic experience-points and levelup mechanic. The player kills monsters, gains experience points, levels up when they collect enough and become stronger. ...
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Showing range on hexagonal grid

Here is the situation. I have hexagonal board,and a unit on it,with speed or move value 4.Diffrent terrain has a diffrent cost.When i click on the unit,game should show me a move range. My solution ...
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How should I track real-time resource generation in a client-server scenario?

I am currently building a game that has a "City" entity. These cities generate and consume resources such as food variably over a period of time. I need to be able query the server often to find ...
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How to implement special weapon and armor effects (ex: vampiric, holy, damage shield, thorns)?

I'm working on the inventory system for my game, and am interested in how do I implement additional weapon and armor properties that are not just damage or armor? If all I have is damage and armor, ...
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How do I generate paylines and pay dots for a slot game?

I'm working on a HTML5 slot game and am completely stuck on the pay lines and the dots that produce the lines from 1 end to the other. What's the logic behind generating a random number of dots ...
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How can I tell the player that a key or other item can be discarded?

We're working on a survival horror classical Resident evil (1, 2, 3, 0, REmake) type of game - link. I'm using Unity3D with C#. There's something that's kinda puzzling me - more a game design ...
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What is the name of this power or value-oriented gameplay mechanic?

I would like to identify the name of a certain gameplay mechanism. It is fairly commonly seen but probably best illustrated with card games: A game played with a pack of cards usually has card values ...
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What is a Game Engine? [duplicate]

I am new to Game Development, All I have developed is some 2d Games, using Game Maker by YoYo Games. There game development is much more easy, just as simple as Drag and Drop. But, Now I wish to ...
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What would be a suitable way to model projectiles in an action game?

I'm designing a 2d fighting game in which characters can shoot out some projectiles like arrows, ninja knives, Hadouken (like the one in Street Fighter), etc... My current character design is ...
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How to manage sleep/awake state of physics body

I have a loop, which updates all the physics, inside the loop I'm updating the position of the objects, first thing is the gravity, which pulls all the objects to the bottom. Now my question is, how ...
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Balancing game difficulty against player progression

It seems that the current climate of games seems to cater to an obvious progression of player power, whether that means getting a bigger, more explosive gun in Halo, leveling up in an RPG, or ...
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3d transformation of game world keeping gameplay 2d - COCOS2D 2.0

Using: COCOS2D + iOS. I want to rotate the game world, may be loading another .tmx file for another dimensions when user want to switch dimension. the effect what I am looking for is something like ...
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How do I choose the scaling factor of a 3D game world?

I am making a 3D tank game prototype with some physics simulation, am using C++. One of the decisions I need to make is the scale of the game world in relation to reality. For example, I could ...
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2D game with 3D collision?

How do they do this bounce? Looks awfully complicated in 2D.
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Character progression through leveling, skills or items?

I'm working on a design for an RPG game, and I'm having some doubts about the skill and level system. I'm going for a more casual, explorative gaming experience and so thought about lowering the game ...
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I'm not sure why my shape is not moving

So I am trying to teach my self how to my develop games with java by cloning older games. At the moment I am cloning Pong, and I can not figure out why my paddle is not moving. The move method should ...
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Logic for selecting random rewards [closed]

I am making a RPG game and I am seeking a bit of information on how to grant players random rewards, such as game items, weapons, gold, etc... after defeating a monster, or a NPC of some kind. The ...
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How to handle a player's level and its consequent privileges?

I'm building a game similar to Mafia Wars where a player can do tasks for his gang and gain experience and thus advancing his level. The game is built using PHP and a Mysql database. In the game I ...
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Dynamically editing a movieclip at runtime

I am trying to make a flash game(actionScript-3 if it matters) to test what I learned so far. And, in the game, I want to make the character(a robot?) customizable. The first solution I found was to ...
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Creature experience gain RPG [closed]

Imagine some creatures that fight and gain experience when they win. After some experience, they level up. Im trying to define a well balanced fair model. I Designed 3 types of growing (Slow Medium ...
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Should I code game logic separately from game engine scripts

I'm developing a game in Unity3d, economic strategy. I wonder if I should code logic inside unity scripts, or write it as an external module/library? By game logic I mean game model, which describe ...
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Setting a displacement or offset between Snake segements

I have a problem in maths or I do not know. I have drawn few circles that simulates the body of a snake, the head of the snake moves and others should follow. but the is no offset or displacement ...
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How could I figure out the shortest way to turn, and whats the angle? [duplicate]

I'm creating some robots for my tank game. I want them to find each other and shoot each other down, so I'm trying to implement a way for them to turn towards each other, and turn the shortest way. ...
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Logic behind a bejeweled-like game

In a prototype I am doing, there is a minigame similar to bejeweled. Using a grid that is a 2d array (int[,]) how can I go about know when the user formed a match? I only care about horizontally and ...
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Reward volatility of League of Legends matchmaking system

According to this article in league of legends matchmaking there's an average of 50/50 chances of winning or loosing a game based on how system ranks a specific account (player skill). However this ...
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watching for changes in object state

I'd like to know what others do to watch for changes in object states while the game is running. Say you have an object and that object has a timer. The timer completes. What is the best way to know ...
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Scaling a game world both for realism and for mechanics

I am currently working on a turn-based 4X game, and one of the things I quickly ran into was a question of scaling. On one hand, I want things like realistic sizes (having some idea of what each tile ...
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Reverting the view SDL

So in my SDL application, which I setup for OpenGL, if I were to do the following code: glBegin(GL_QUADS); glVertex2i(0, 0); glVertex2i(50, 0); glVertex2i(50, 50); glVertex2i(0, 50); glEnd(); The ...
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How to synchronize actions like jump in multiplayer?

I am a newbie game developer and I have been researching about multiplayer games. I observed that there's always some latency, the players always get updates from past actions. But there are ...
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Human to Monster Morph on 2D graphics [closed]

A friend and I are writing a topdown RPG called NecroMonster. In the game when you defeat an enemy you can take its shape (basically morph into it) and we dont know how to make this look right. First ...
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libgdx: how to manage entity classes [closed]

Good day sirs, I know this is a newbie question but I really need to ask it. I've been reading a lot of sample codes on libgdx, and I have seen entities(player, enemy, boss,etc.). my question is what ...
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Text-based game based on progress, lottery, collecting and achievement dynamics [closed]

I'm playing with an idea for a game I want to develop for a text-only, turn-based environment (think instant messenger). The game will be driven by the progress, lottery, collecting and achievement ...
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Serialization of objects problem

i have a problem with serialization (saving and loading game variabiles), when i save evreything seems to be saving correctly but when i try to load it only detects first 3 objects i saved and the ...
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Should I use delta time (elapsed time between frames)?

Unfortunately I cannot recall where but I definitely read it somewhere, that the use of delta time should be avoided for some reason. Is there really a scenario where controlling animation or other ...
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Game mechanics patterns database? [closed]

Do you know http://tvtropes.org ? It's a kind of wiki/database with scenaristic tropes, patterns that you can find in tones of stories, in tv shows, games, books, etc. Each trope/pattern have a ...
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Undefined fireball movement behavior

Demonstration video I try to do after the player shoot 10 times of fireball, then delete all the fireball objects and recreate a 10 new set of fireball objects. I did it but there is a weird bug ...
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How do I make good guy attacks only hit bad guys and vice versa?

My game has many different type of good guys and many different type of bad guys. They will all be firing projectiles at each other but I don't want any accidental collateral damage to occur for ...
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How do I render terrain in a 2.5D perspective, like in the game Don't Starve?

I have experience in making 2D side scroller games such as Terraria, but now I want to challenge myself and make a game that has a 2.5D perspective. The game I am trying to mimic is Don't Starve. ...
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Making a game “resize-safe”

It's one thing to get the graphics aligned perfectly, it's another to do this for every single resolution and not take too much time and/or make the code unreadable due to size. Games like Battlefield ...
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About making damage between units

I am making my own Tower Defence game engine. I havent built one before and I don't know lot of stuff how games work. I will take Starcraft as an example. You have a marine shooting a zergling from ...
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Java game: jumping glitch on multiple collisions

I need help with checking for intersections in a game I'm creating. When a character collides with a single obstacle on the screen everything works as intended, but when multiple obstacles are added ...
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XNA GameDefaults Class Settings

Are items such as the GameDifficulty enum, game settings, and other things in the GameDefaults class used for a lot? If so, is there a way to edit them or anything of the sorts?