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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Smooth drag scrolling of an Isometric map - Html5

I have implemented a basic Isometric tile engine that can be explored by dragging the map with the mouse. Please see the fiddle below and drag away: http://jsfiddle.net/kHydg/14/ The code broken ...
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How to draw Isometric game Back to front

What is the for loop or algorytm for a 2D array of tiles that I would render the tiles back to front like this:
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Drawing at negative coordinates in XNA?

I am trying to make a 2D isometric RPG and I kind of hit a wall when it comes to lighting. I was thinking of using shaders, if I manage to understand them.The problem I am anticipating is the presence ...
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Convert map of USA to isometric format

How can I convert the map of the US to isometric format. How do you ensure that the angles that you are making are perfect? I mean in isometric maps even slight errors can cause difficulty. Also any ...
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Screen coordinates to a multilevel isometric world

I have an isometric world that has stuff on multiple levels, i.e. it has an XYZ coordinate system, and tiles can be stacked on each other, accumulating screen Y offset as they go. I currently have an ...
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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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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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HTML5 Canvas Depth Sorting

I'm have problem with Isometric. I'm don't know how to name this "problem", but I'm show you some sceen what I get and what I'm need to get. My code now drawing something like: ...
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Advanced Animation for 2d Isometric Game?

I need help with workflow suggestions for a flash game. (although the concepts would apply to other game engines, too). In a game like: Hero Academy There are several different character models each ...
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Isometric tile map format

I've just knocked up a fairly basic isometric tile based game and I'm looking for the best way to store the level data. Each tile coordinate is assigned one or more numbers that correspond to a tile ...
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Optimizing isometric drawing function

I need help optimizing my Draw(); function to draw only what is visible in the viewport. Currently I'm drawing the whole Map array in a diamond shape. How can I make my function store only what is ...
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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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Does anybody know of any resources to achieve this particular “2.5D” isometric engine effect?

I understand this is a little vague, but I was hoping somebody might be able to describe a high-level workflow or link to a resource to be able to achieve a specific isometric "2.5D" tile engine ...
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How should I sort images in an isometric game so that they appear in the correct order?

This seems like a rather simple problem but I am having a lot of difficulty with it. What should I do to properly sort images in an isometric game? In a normal 2d top-down game one could use the ...
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How can I improve my isometric tile-picking algorithm?

I've spent the last few days researching isometric tile-picking algorithms (converting screen-coordinates to tile-coordinates), and have obviously found a lot of the math beyond my grasp. I have ...
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How to deal with animated doors in isometric tiles

I've got a tricky issue I'm not sure how to tackle best: I have an animated tile of a door. When it's closed it should be sorted one way, but when it's openend it will need to be sorted a different ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Good, free isometric game engine? [closed]

Any recommendations for a good isometric game engine that is also free? Should be possible to develop entirely using freely available tools (meaning: no Flash, and no I don't want to learn haXe...) ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Efficient Isometric 2.5D Game Engines? [closed]

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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Is there a simple way to do true isometric projection with an HTML5 canvas?

Is there a simple way to get a true isometric projection with the HTML5 canvas element?
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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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HTML5 canvas screen to isometric coordinate conversion

I am trying to create an isometric game using HTML5 canvas, but don't know how to convert HTML5 canvas screen coordinates to isometric coordinates. My code now is: var mouseX = 0; var mouseY = 0; ...
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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 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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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 ...