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Level Design Tips [closed]

What are some pitfalls or pieces of good advice when designing levels or maps for a (presumeably 3D but not necessarily) game?
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Why do games seemingly reload the entire level when restarting a level?

Is the data really modified that much during play? I'm assuming the longish pause between restarting a level is the entire level reloading. But it seems to me that a well implemented system should ...
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How do audio based games such as Audiosurf and Beat Hazard work?

Note: I am not asking how to make a clone of one of these. I am asking about how they work. I'm sure everyone's seen the games where you use your own music files (or provided ones) and the games ...
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Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that I can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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2D non-tile based map editor [closed]

I am currently developing a relatively simple 2D, topdown oriented adventure game for the iPhone and was wondering what would be the easiest way to create the maps for my game. I figured I would need ...
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How to store a shmup level?

I am developing a 2D shmup (i.e. Aero Fighters) and I was wondering what are the various ways to store a level. Assuming that enemies are defined in their own xml file, how would you define when an ...
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Best solution for “level string”?

I have a game that generates a random level map at the start of the level. I want to implement some way to save and load the level. I was thinking maybe XML would be a good option for saving all the ...
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Level creation of Rayman Origins type game?

Does anyone know the technique they used to create their levels (using rayman origin as an example)? I'm strictly speaking of the floors and walls. Doesn't look like tiled based. What is the workflow ...
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Chunking/caching large levels in a singleplayer game

Does it make sense to try to offload a large nonlinear level into file-based chunks, and load those on demand? We've implemented level chunking to improve rendering performance, but still all level ...
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How many levels should I make?

One issue I grapple with across many of my games is trying to decide how many levels to put in my game. This is across genres and platforms. In general, constraints that may decide -- although they ...
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What score/level function is often used?

In many games you raise a level when you reach a certain score, and later levels are harder to reach than in the beginning. I am suspecting that it is some sort of exponential function that is used ...
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Generate levels in real-time with the Procedural CityEngine

Has anyone used the Procedural CityEngine to generate levels in real-time? It seems to get used in production or pre-production due to its sizable overhead, but has anyone tweaked it to run in ...
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Level Implementation

I recently started to create a sidescroller game, for learning purposes. While creating several levels for it, i stumbled upon the question, how to implement these levels into my game. I made (and i ...
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Developing an RPG Encounter System

I'm in the middle of an encounter system for an XNA RPG. The idea is, you walk around a dungeon, and certain tiles are makred as RandomBattleTiles, and you have an area in the map defining what ...
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Modelling photo-realistic grass in realtime

I see a number of tutorials on how to create good looking grasses when creating 3D renders but can't think how to model it for realtime/use in a game's scenery. Sure simple models with alpha cutouts ...
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Storing, loading and editing a level

I'm trying to find useful information on creating game levels in a reasonably efficient way. Additionally, information in setting up a fairly painless way to edit this information would be handy (the ...
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How should I manage level progression?

In my code, I just have a Level class right now in the main game loop that just blits a background and spawns some enemies for testing purposes...But I can't figure out how to go about implementing ...
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Switching between levels, re-initialize existing structure or create new one?

This is something I've been wondering for quite a while. When building games that exist out of multiple levels (platformers, shmups etc) what is the prefered method to switch between the levels? ...
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3d level creation for small teams

What sort of tools and techniques are available out there for 3D level creation? In particular for small teams where you might not have the time and resources to make your level creation tools from ...
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Typical Method Of Building Puzzle Levels

I am designing a puzzle game for the iphone and was wondering as most puzzle games consist of the player progressing through multiple levels. You see for example Angry Birds has over 100 levels. Once ...
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Engine with Terrain and Indoor Areas (BSP-like)

I'm not really a graphics programmer, but I used to toy around with Truevision3D 6.5 a few years ago. It wasn't too bad, but TV3D was just going nowhere so my foray into 3d game dev ended there. I ...
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Tools for editing 2D sprite-based game levels

What are good free and widely used tools for editing 2D sprite-based game levels? I'm looking for one that allows exporting data to a custom format. One that I know of is Blender — a 3D tool, ...
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How to load data for specific level at runtime?

I'm trying to create a game with many levels loaded from XML files. In my game I have many objects in each level. At present my game contains 20 levels, and I load all the textures at once on ...
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need to create formulas for stat, level progression etc. What tools will help the not-mathematically-literate?

I want to create some of the fundamental guideline formulas for a game I am working on. I am following on from sirlin's advice in that I am starting with some assumptions and working back from there. ...
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Keeping everything within one Activity

Overview My game is currently based on a single activity (rather than multiple activities) and I would like to keep it that way. At the moment, it goes straight into the game at level 1. I will ...
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How do I manage multiplayer login?

How is the typical login, loading the level and spawning handled? For example: Client sends "iwanttologinwithcharacterx" Server does some validity checks and instantiates characterx Server sends ...
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How should I add level-specific gameplay code to a level?

What are best practices to add gameplay, to specific level? I have some event types, and my game logic now looks like. OnEnterSensor is virtual and is different for each level(01,02 ...). Game type ...
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Level and Player objects - which should contain which?

I've been working on a several simple games, and I've always come to a decision point where I have to choose whether to have the Level object as an attribute of the Player class or the Player as an ...
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How do I make a pointer point to the current running level if each level is its own class?

I'm hard-coding my levels and coding each level in its own class...The problem is that I need to have a pointer that points to the class of the current level. I don't know how I would go about doing ...
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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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Which is better: More puzzle apps in Store or more puzzle levels in a single app [closed]

The Question: Given a freemium model (ad-supported with in-app-purchase of additional levels/hints)... are chances of overall success better with a single puzzle app with lots (but varied) ...
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Level Creating Help

I am making a little 2d overhead RPG type game just for fun. I have almost all the basic stuff set up, but I just need a little help on level creation. I can already make a level and place each tile ...
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What is the best method to use to write and handle multiple levels?

I have a level class that does all of the updating and drawing and everything pertaining to the level. My question is, what would be the best approach to creating different levels? Should I just ...
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Game numbers and meaning

Each game has it's own "maximum number". One question that comes into mind every time I play a(nother) game is how are these maximums determined and how do these affect gameplay? To explain, here's ...
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How do I generate a level randomly?

I am currently hard coding 10 different instances like the code below, but but I'd like to create many more. Instead of having the same layout for the new level, I was wondering if there is anyway to ...
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1answer
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Component-Entity Systems Code Generation [closed]

I'm really enjoying component entity approach (I'm currently using ASH haxe, but particular language/framework doesn't really matter). However the problem is - there're way too many elementary ...
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1answer
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Level progression grid/chart [closed]

What I'd like to do is create a sheet where I can track character XP/level progression. I created this by hand: It's sloppy, but in the realm of what I'd like to generate on a computer. Each bar ...
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How to build Arena-ish level using grid tiles?

I had an idea of procedurally generating arena-type levels in which the player would either fight hordes of enemies, or another skilled opponent. The level would be built at the very start of the ...
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Connect-three game: Increasing level-of-difficulty as play progresses

I'm writing a connect-three type game (think Chuzzle, but without all those nasty locks, and with no big chuzzles) and I'm trying to figure out how to increase the level of difficulty as play ...
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1answer
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Implementing a large scale (planet-like) level in XNA 4.0

What is the best way to implement continuous level throughout the game, using XNA? Imagine that I have a level with the size of a whole city (like in MMORPGs) however, the game will currently be ...
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A simple RPG leveling system [closed]

I'm building an RPG game system in Java, and one part is the leveling system, with the following: max_exp: maximum experience points max_level: maximum level Given a level, find the minimum ...
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Is the city of the GTA, L.A. Noire, Assasins Creed or Saint Row games considered a level? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out whether or not the worlds in which these games take place are levels or not, for the sake of level design. I consider the world to be one big level and all the missions and ...
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1answer
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Sparsely distributed locked levels?

I want to include some locked levels in my puzzle app as a lightweight reward system. The levels play relatively quickly (average 1-min/level) and there are 100-200 levels in a pack. I prefer not to ...
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Still award achievements/badges on failing level?

I've got a simulation game where the player works through a series of missions/levels. The player also earns in-level badges as he works through. But, if the player fails a mission (and has to ...
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I need an enemy spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense

I need an enemies spawning algorithm for a 2D tower defense game. I have 4 maps, each has 4 stages and each stage has 40 rounds. I need to create an algorithm which will instantiate waves, increase ...
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1answer
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Structuring various game states and unique levels

I have a game design 'structure' question that I'd like to throw out there. This question is about various ways of designing game 'states', and specifically a system of 'levels'. Specifically, what is ...
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1answer
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Problem creating levels using inherited classes/polymorphism

I'm trying to write my level classes by having a base class that each level class inherits from...The base class uses pure virtual functions. My base class is only going to be used as a vector ...
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1answer
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How to properly generate walls simulating perspective around stone in a cave-like level made of squares?

Long story short. My levels tiles currently look like this: And i want them to look like this: My levels are designed as 400x400 squares of proceduraly generated 0's and 1's, 0 representing ...
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Level loading works in Unity editor, but quits when deployed

In my level selection screen, all but the first level start out locked. When I click on a level, it loads perfectly in Unity editor. However, when I build the game on a real device, the game stops as ...
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implementing different users in XNA - XML

So I am making a simple 2D game in XNA, and I want to implement different users (players), so each person playing can have their own high score, can only play levels they've already played, can only ...