A specific 3D perspective technically defined as having all 3 axes being exactly 120 degrees apart. In early video games, it is often slightly off to account for smoother pixel lines.

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How would I translate screen coordinates to Isometric coordinates?

I have a function isoToScreen(x, y) that converts Isometric coordinates to Screen coordinates. var tileW = 16; var tileH = 16; var isoToScreen = function(x, y) { var posX = (x - y) * tileW; ...
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How to render axometric/isometric tiles that are a 2d array in logic, but inclined 45º visually?

I am making a tile-based strategy game which i plan to have 2.5D visuals in an axometric/isometric fashion. Right now i'm programming it's logic and rendering it as a literal 2-dimensional array ...
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Getting isometric grid coordinates from standard X,Y coordinates

I'm currently trying to add sprites to an isometric Tiled TMX map using Objects in cocos2d. The problem is the X and Y metadata from TMX object are in standard 2d format (pixels x, pixels y), instead ...
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Class design for instantly switching between free-roaming world to/from battle world?

I plan to have an isometric world, which can be freely roam around. However, I desire the system to instantly apply the grid onto isometric world for battling system on any random encounter. ...
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Tile walking algorithm for already known set of walkable tile?

Suppose I already have a list of tile that specify which tile the character can move to, and these tiles are clustered around the character. If I want to produce a path (maybe not shortest, but just a ...
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How do I apply pixel shader to specific sprite in XNA 4.0 in a spritesort FrontToBack?

I have a set of sprite drawn in FrontToBack sortmode. In XNA 4.0, the effect must be as an input argument of Begin() function of SpriteBatch. However, If I reinvoke the function, then the sprite ...
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isometric tile - How would I apply effect on only specific part of a sprite?

How would I apply a mask for pixel shading effect to restrict it only to some part of image? For example I have a height tile: Now I want to apply the effect only on the tile-shape of this ...
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A* pathfinding for an isometric map

I am making an isometric tower defense game in XNA and trying to implement the A* pathfinding algorithms for my enemy AI. I am quite new to programming, especially AI and pathfinding, so please excuse ...
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Character jumping movement in isometric tile

When I want to draw my character moving from one tile to another, I would find the displacement vector between two tile's drawing offset and let the character walk in a linear line toward that ...
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XNA: weird effect by matrixTransform of spriteBatch on isometric tile

I wrote a Camera class that contains Matrix (for zooming and moving around). When I zoomed it with any zoom scale other than 1, some isometric grids becomes visible on each of my isometric tile. ...
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Sort Polygons in order - not working?

I'm fairly new to programming in a 3d world. I'm trying to create a canvas where all the objects are drawn in order of furthest-to-closest and from bottom to top - so they don't overlap each other, ...
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What is the connection between an isometric angle and scale

I am trying to work out an isometric projection matrix for a custom angle. In the engine I'm using there's a projection matrix defined like so: projection.rotate(45 * (Math.PI / 180) ); scale = ...
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HTML5 Canvas Converting between cartesian and isometric coordinates

I'm having issues wrapping my head around the Cartesian to Isometric coordinate conversion in HTML5 canvas. As I understand it, the process is two fold: (1) Scale down the y-axis by 0.5, i.e. ...
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How to create tilted (height) isometric tiles

This is perhaps best explained pictorially. I am trying to create a 2.5D isometric game. My vision is for the game to look something like my goal: I am not a graphics artist, so I'm having some ...
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Are 3D textures used for ground tiles in 2.5D games?

In an isometric system, each tile can be painted with texture. Normally, (if I recalled the technical term) the fastest method to paint these ground tiles with appropiate texture is to use something ...
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Converting coordinate systems to/from an isometric game world

I have tried searching and reading for an answer, but the information I could dig up either didn't fit what I need or was in the form akin to "Just multiply the vectors with the inverse matrix of.." ...
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2D isometric: screen to tile coordinates

I'm writing an isometric 2D game and I'm having difficulty figuring precisely on which tile the cursor is. Here's a drawing: where xs and ys are screen coordinates (pixels), xt and yt are tile ...
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Staggered Isometric Map In Javascript

I'm trying to create a staggered isometric map in Javascript. var x, y, row, column, top, left, width = window.innerWidth, height = window.innerHeight, tile = {width: 64, height: ...
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How would I achieve diablo like 2D isometric projection?

I am in the process of coming up with an idea for a game, and I would like it to be isometric like Diablo. The problem is I have no idea how it achieves the effect of height like in the following ...
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How do I pick correct tile in isometric 3D map?

I want to know how to pick the correct tile on a isometric map in 3D space. Here is a 2D example. They use a colour key map to correctly pick the coordinate. How can I achieve this in 3D space? Is ...
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How to make an isometric background?

I'm trying to create an isometric background for a game but I'm not sure how to do it. I'm using Javascript and jQuery. I've already tried it before using CSS3 but I think I'm using the wrong method. ...
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How do I determine the draw order in an isometric view flash game?

This is for a flash game, with isometric view. I need to know how to sort object so that there is no need for z-buffer checking when drawing. This might seem easy but there is another restriction, a ...
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How do I find which isometric tiles are inside the cameras current view?

I'm putting together an isometric engine and need to cull the tiles that aren't in the camera's current view. My tile coordinates go from left to right on the X and top to bottom on the Y with (0,0) ...
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Isometric Optimization in javascript

I'm having some issues with my optimization of my game. I have a simple tile map looped like this in my case the images are 64 by 64 pixels: for (i=0; i < 50; i++){ //horizontal for (j=0; ...
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Calculating the number of tiles shown on an isometric map

I'm currently changing an existing computer game from a top-down view to an isometric view. The map consists of an infinite number of tiles. Only the tiles which are currently visible in the players ...
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help a 2D image onto a 3D cube

I am just diving into the Stage3D APIs for Flash Player 11. I am trying to figure out a simple way to display isometric 2D content that gets blitted from a sprite sheet onto a 3D cube. The idea ...
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Creating an isometric map with hexagonal tiles for iPad

I'm new to game development, so I need a little help. I have to write down a little game which has a floor with hexagonal tiles but it must be seen in a isometric view like The Sims. Ignoring the ...
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Javascript Isometric draw optimization

I'm having trouble with isometric tiles drawing. At the moment I got an array with the tiles i want to draw. And it all works fine until i increase the size of the array. Since I draw ALL tiles on ...
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PyGame custom isometric engine : caching or not?

Sorry if this question about is a bit broad. In the game I'm making, I need an isometric view with some altitude, which means players can go behind a hill, and be partly or totally hidden. To avoid ...
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Picking a tile in an Iso Engine

I have developed an iso engine for a farm game. In general it works fine, but the problem is that it is not always accurate when pressing the tiles, so the tile I wanted to select is not the one ...
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Efficient Isometric 2.5D Game Engines?

I want to make a game (turn-based RPG) that looks very similar to Bastion. Here is what I need to implement: -> The overworld is 2d, with an isometric view. The graphics would in no way be rendered ...
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Using tilemaps for an isometric football game with cocos2dx

I am writing a simple soccer game in cocos2d-x and recently found out that older iOS versions do not support cocos2d sprites larger than 1024x1024px. I was thinking about using isometric tilemaps to ...
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Dealing with occlusion in an isometric sandbox game

Imagine a 3D sandbox game like Minecraft with third-person isometric graphics. If the camera only moves in two dimensions, and doesn't rotate, then a large portion of the world will always be occluded ...
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How do I do 3d collisions in isometric game?

I've wondered how to get basic collision detection working in an isometric game. I'm using panda3d which has very comfortable support for bullet, ode and a small builtin physics framework. The problem ...
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How do I use transparent textures in panda3d?

I need to map a partially transparent texture on a flat quad with panda3d. With the quad as a canvas I'd like to create something like sprites positioned in the 3d coordinate system. I wanted to ...
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How do I use setFilmSize in panda3d to achieve the correct view?

I'm working with Panda3d and recently switched my game to isometric rendering. I moved the virtual camera accordingly and set an orthographic lens. Then I implemented the classes "Map" and "Canvas". ...
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How do character/object interaction animations work in isometric games?

I am planning an isometric business simulation game where the player sees an office with the usual furniture such as desks, whiteboards etc. Characters (Staff/NPC's) within the game should interact ...
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isometric buildings

after switching to a third person view I was intrigued to make my new project isometric. Since I haven't really started yet this isn't much of a problem. Work so far was merely testing movement and ...
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Isometric game data structure and rendering

I'm starting development of a 2d isometric(tiled, roguelike) game and i'm brainstorming wich kind of data structure i would use to store runtime data like tiles and entities, but i don't want to use ...
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Are there any good engines for isometric collision detection and platforming?

I've decided to resurrect an old game idea I had years ago. I currently have zero experience with programming, but I'm going to begin studying either C#, Python or both in the near future. The issue ...
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Quarter turn sprite sheets?

I'm having trouble finding sprite sheets that have the characters turn in 8th movements, so that you can see back, front, left, right, and in between. What would be a good term to search for when ...
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How to compute tile offset for different isometric angles?

I am working on an isometric game and the designers want to use a different isometric angle than the default one, where I simply had to do a 2/1 offset based on tile size. I know what the new ...
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Isometric Building Placement

I have my isometric world represented by isometric tiles. If I were to allow the player to place buildings on any of the tiles how would I get this funcitonality to work? I was thinking if I could ...
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Any ideas on reducing lag in terrain generation?

Ok so here's the deal. I've written an isometric engine that generates terrain based on camera values using 2D perlin noise. I planned on doing 3D but first I need to work out the lag issues I'm ...
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How can I change this isometric engine to make it so that you could distinguish between blocks that are on different planes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you shade a specific section of a sprite? If so, how? The terrain is randomly generated. Here is a screenshot: http://i44.tinypic.com/qxqlix.jpg I think you can see ...
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Use mouse to control view like zoom in and out

I would like to ask how would I go about using the mouse to zoom in and out of my current isometric tiled map, not only that but I would like the tiles to be in the center of the view when the ...
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Collision Detection on floor tiles Isometric game

I am having a very hard to time figuring out a bug in my code. It should have taken me 20 minutes but instead I've been working on it for over 12 hours. I am writing a isometric tile based game where ...
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How can I cull non-visible isometric tiles?

I have a problem which I am struggling to solve. I have a large map of around 100x100 tiles which form an isometric map. The user is able to move the map around by dragging the mouse. I am trying to ...
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My isometric game looks flat; how can I improve this?

Being bored I decided to make my game isometric by applying a simple filter effect. g.scale(1f, 0.5f); g.rotate(400, c.getHeight() / 2, 45); It works great, but now everything appears... ...
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How can I determine the first visible tile in an isometric perspective?

I am trying to render the visible portion of a diamond-shaped isometric map. The "world" coordinate system is a 2D Cartesian system, with the coordinates increasing diagonally (in terms of the view ...