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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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### Isometric rendering and picking?

I've been looking for a formula to plot (world->screen) and mouse pick (world->screen) isometric tiles in a diamond-shaped world. The ones I've tried always seem to be, well, off. What's the usual/...
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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 to convert mouse coordinates to isometric indexes?

I draw isometric map with tile 64x32: const Offset = 160; int X, Y; for (int a=0; a < 6; a++) for (int b=0; b < 6; b++) { X = a * 32 - b * 32 + Offset; Y = a * 16 + b * 16; ...
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### How to draw only visible tiles?

I have a big map with isometric tiles(3d camera), how can i draw only visible tiles ? Whats the best way to do that ? space partitionning (octrees etc...)?
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### Finding out which tile a mouse click landed in

I am working on an isometric grid based game and im having an issue trying to link a mouse click from the user to a tile. I have been able to split the problem into 2 parts : Finding a rectangle ...
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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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### IsoMetric Map draw: sort with Z-Buffer and anchor point

I'm writing an IsoMetric renderer for my html5 isometric game. The isometric renderer should be able to render objects with floating point coordinates. DEMO: http://matt93.altervista.org/game/ ...
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### Best technique for drawing isometric tiles

I'm thinking about making a simple isometric game with HTML5 Canvas, and wondering what's the fastest way to render the tiles. Since the tiles are diamond shaped, but drawImage draws rectangles, I ...
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### Most efficient 3d depth sorting for isometric 3d in AS3?

I am not using the built in 3d MovieClips, and I am storing the 3d location my way. I have read a few different articles on sorting depths, but most of them seem in efficient. I had a really ...
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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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### 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 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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### 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 generate isometric sprite sheets from 3D animations?

I want to generate sprite-sheets for an isometric projection of various 3d assets purchased from the Unity3D asset store. I'd preferably also render the normal maps. I am a programmer, but new to 3D ...
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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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### 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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### What is the view perspective angle of most 2.5D isometric games [closed]

I examined several quite popular games to determine what perspective angle they are using. For the purpose I created a grid that is 45 and 60 degrees isometric viewed and put it onto a screenshot (of ...
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### Free movement in a tile-based isometric game

Is there a reasonable easy way to implement free movement in a tile-based isometric game? Meaning that the player wouldn't just instantly jump from one tile to another or not be "snapped" to the grid (...
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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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### How do I handle Isometric collision detection?

I would like to make an isometric run-jump style platformer. The player should be able to jump on top of platforms above the floor, hit the side of objects etc. I'll be using a 2D game engine so I ...
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### Adapting tilemap algorithm to support isometric tilemap

I'm using Phaser to build an isometric game. The framework doesn't have support for isometric tilemaps yet, so I'm starting to write a PR for it to support. What I currently have, loading an ...
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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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### Checking if an object is inside bounds of an isometric chunk

How would I check if an object is inside the bounds of an isometric chunk? for example I have a player and I want to check if its inside the bounds of this isometric chunk. I draw the isometric chunk'...
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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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### Water simulation in Isometric game

I'm creating a game in Flash AS3 in which the player needs to modify land in order to direct the water in the right direction. However, water simulation is a new topic for me and I'm kinda stuck. It ...
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### How do I get the distance between 2 points on an isometric grid?

How do I get the distance between 2 points on an isometric grid? I'm creating a facebook isometric game (in as3), and when I move around a particular type of building, I need to know if it comes ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 3D isometric depth sorting

How is it possible to depth sort tiles and objects in an isometric environments without any limitations? I've been researching this for a while now and there seems to be no publicly available answers ...
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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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### Algorithm to find all tiles within a given radius on staggered isometric map

Given staggered isometric map and a start tile what would be the best way to get all surrounding tiles within given radius(middle to middle)? I can get all neighbours of a given tile and distance ...
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### How do I determine the draw order of isometric 2D objects occupying multiple tiles?

My current sorting method works only for objects that occupy 1 tile and fails for multi-tile objects. For examle, the bed in the above picture occupies 1×2 tiles, and the sorting fails. Also that bed ...
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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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### 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 ...