# Tagged Questions

Methods used to map out a path of travel from one point to another, typically avoiding obstacles in the way.

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### Pathfinding in a 2D “sidescrolling” strategy game

I've been thinking up a real-time strategy game that plays on a platformer type of map. The collidable portion of these maps will be made up of square tiles. I've done A* pathfinding in top down tile ...
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### Why do some networked games use interpolation and some use pathfinding for remote movement?

This is a bit of an open question but I'd like to see someone contribute a good reasoning for both. For a quick example of both: Interpolation Model Think the Valve model where the client is ...
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### Best way to constrain character to a path?

I'm in the process of developing a level-based runner for mobile phones, and I've hit a wall when deciding which method to use to get the character to move through the level. Basically - I need my ...
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### Use pathfinding algorithm in a navmesh with several endpoints [closed]

I need to implement a pathfinding algorithm in a navmesh with several endpoints, and I would like to find the path to the closest endpoint. I suppose that Dijkstra algorithm is the best solution for ...
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### A* pathfinding not finding shortest path with weird behavior [closed]

NOTE I have read through this thread and have tried the implemented answer The A* pathfinding algorithm works fine most of the time but in some specific cases, it seems to not use the shortest path. ...
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### A* pathfinding for grid with direction-dependent nodes?

I'm trying to understand if the A* algorithm is a possible pathfinding solution for my game. I have a simple grid of nodes that an enemy can move around on, but the nodes represent traversable ...
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### Pathfinding across mutliple levels

For a final school project, I have implemented an A* algorithm for pathfinding across a tile graph. So far, it has worked far surpassing my expectations. However now I'm in the process of adding a bit ...
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### Obstacles work in Unity Editor but not in the build [closed]

As the title states my code works in editor view but not when I Build it. I need to dynamically place and remove Obstacles in a NavMesh. Can anyone give some insight why this happens?
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### Game mechanic player following path looks very roughly

I want my player entity to follow a path, which works, but it looks very roughly. Like it would stuck everytime. bool arrivedX = false; bool arrivedY = false; float speed = 0.06f; ...
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### Getting a Ranged AI “In Range” to shoot

In my game, ranged units and melee units have the same behavior. Ranged units try to maintain a fixed distance r, from their targets. If they're within r + d of the target (where d is a small value) ...
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### Pathfinding and clusters

For an assignment, I am required to implement an A* algorithm in order to find the shortest path between two object using different heuristics null, this effectively becomes Dijkstra Euclidean ...
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### Basic Node Based Pathfinding

I am new to pathfinding but i have read and watched through some articles, blogs and videos about Pathfinding. Since those that i have read and watched from are mainly for RTS Games, Grid Based ...
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### Optimization of A* in Python [duplicate]

I am working on an IA (in Python) for small board game, and I need to do a lot of pathfinding per round in order to find the best move I can do (minmax implementation). My problem is that even if the ...
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I'm developing a real time, tile-based RTS. This is an example map: This map consists of 4 regions with 256 tiles each. Blue tiles represent obstacles. Units can move in the standard eight ...
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### Possible A* Optimizations [closed]

I have implemented A* in my game. However, I am not happy with the performance and need some help deciding what to do next. I have already done the following optimizations: Not having a closed ...
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### Path finding for Vector Based System

I understand that typical path algorithms are based on nodes in a graph (not tiled nodes or whatever), but i can't get my head around to find an idea how to implement a path finding algorithm for a ...
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### Basic Monster Movement

I'm new to game development. Specifically server side. Currently I am trying to implement movement of monsters. From point A to point B. I have used an a* pathfinding library to calculate the path to ...
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### Backtracking in A Star

Hello, can anyone tell me how can i implement backtracking in a a star search algorithm? I've implemented the a star search according to wiki, but it does not backtrack, what i mean by backtrack is ...
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### AStar for isometric game with overlapping walkable areas

We're developing an isometric game that so far has had a single ground level (y = 0) for the avatar to walk on. Pathfinding for this can be solved with a relatively simple 2D AStar tile map. We're ...
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### A* pathfinding in 3D

I've looked through some A* pathfinding algorithm examples, but as far as i know they work with grids e.q -> http://qiao.github.io/PathFinding.js/visual/ But how can I use this algorithm in my 3D ...
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### Logic for enemy chasing main player

I'm making AI to tell a minion to chase and attack the player. I played Magicka, and the minion follows the player in a nice curved manner (left image), rather than what I currently have (right image)...
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### How to find all the possible places to go on a grid?

Given the amount of steps you can take in a grid, how could I implement a way to get all the possible places a unit can go to, in a game like Advanced Wars? I have currently got A* path finding ...
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### How can I do optimal pathfinding for a Tetris piece?

Imagine a standard Tetris board (10x20) using the standard set of 7 tetrominos. Given a Tetris game state and a target position, how can I find the optimal sequence of moves that will get the ...
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### How should I store a city map on disk?

I'm working on a game where players travel in a city. This city is defined by streets (names, positions...), points of interest (cinemas, restaurants...) and different zones (high criminality zones, ...
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### How can I make A* finish faster when the destination is impassable?

I am making a simple tile-based 2D game, which uses the A* ("A star") pathfinding algorithm. I've got all working right, but I have a performance problem with the search. Simply put, when I click an ...
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### How can I highlight and move to adjacent tiles in an isometric grid?

I trying to create a turn-based strategy game where you move a game object from one tile of a grid to another tile near it. I have created the grid using sprites and game objects but can't sort out ...
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### A* pathfinding question [duplicate]

http://i62.tinypic.com/23hlgcg.jpg im trying to get a grasp on the A* pathfinding algorithm. Using the image i attached. if the green square represents the start, and red represents the end. wouldn't ...
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### nurbs and pathfinding optimization

I'm working on a project, and my current milestone is pathfinding. I have a working prototype that consists of several components: a manually drawing of a path, that matches the visual path that the ...
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### How to find path in graph without crossing the walls?

I would like to know how to find path in a graph while having the edges "double-sided". Consider this scenario: I have list of the line segments. These represents "walls" or rather impassable edges ...
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### Triangulation of “polygon with holes” for NavMesh

Just for fun, I am working on a little side-project: As a first step, I want to be able to build a grid-based world (think Dungeon Keeper), generate a nav-mesh for this world and then let agents ...
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### Using Flash IDE to link nodes for Dijkstra algorithm

I'm trying to use plash to set up the node connections, but having a really hard time to use the IDE as a tool to do so. Before giving up completely, and getting into creating a tool that would take ...
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### Pathfinding with car steering

Is there pathfinding algorithm which takes car steering into account? I have large space where user can place cars (trucks actually) and other blocker objects. Objects can be placed vertically or ...
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### How to convert non-discreate data for discreate pathfinding?

I have a list of entities that looks like [{x,y,width,height}, {x,y,width,height}, ...]. This list is non-discreate, It doesn't follow a grid. entities can be positioned at floats like x:2.345 Most ...
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### Changing a single component of a prefab?

I'm working on a unity project and I'm looking to show the range of a certain character. However, the terrain is generated through a script at run time, and considering that the script uses the ...
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### Why does my A* implementation overflow the stack?

I'm fairly new to game dev and working on my first ever attempt at 2D pathfinding. I'm using the A* algorithm as detailed here. For the most part, it seems to be working correctly and as intended. ...
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### Game Maker: Studio - Make objects avoid other instances of same object with A* pathfinding

I have a game where there are multiple enemies who must chase a single player. I have pathfinding set up using the GML A* pathfinding with mp_grid and a path. However, these enemies can walk on top ...
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### How should I store edge weights for my A* graph?

I am working on A* pathfinding in Unity, using C#. I am implementing Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm. I have a Dictionary with nodes as keys and corresponding lists of adjacent neighbors as values, ...
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### How can I do a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment?

I am trying to perform a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment. Now, what I am trying to do is have one object(a cube) in the environment scan from its coords 1 in every direction for ...
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### How are flow fields different from potential fields?

I've heard of of both flow fields and potential fields for pathfinding in games. They sound similar, but I never see them mentioned in the same contexts. Places that mention one never mention the ...
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### Aligning pathfinding to the center of tiles?

I'm looking to achieve tile by tile movement in a project I'm working on. I employed the use of the asset Simply A* Path-finding to allow a unit to navigate the terrain. Since the tiles are ...
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I'm looking to generate a grid style navigation system in Unity. I have created a map in Tiled and am unsure how to continue considering the tiles will have different properties. The closest example ...
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### A Star pathfinding algorithm, multiple node set optimization

I'm trying to determine if this is an optimization I should pursue or if this is way to complicated to be worth my time. I've successfully implemented the A Star Algorithm for my video game. I used ...
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### Find shortest path to gather items

I have a rectangular grid with obstacles and food items on certain tiles. There are also a few storage bins. Each food item gives 10 food. How can I find the shortest path that will allow me to ...
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### Algorithm for staying “alive” forever

I am implementing a game where the player is playing(sliding) the little red rectangle and the purpose is to not hit the black rectangles and to not move out of the inner blue rectangle. The black ...
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### Smooth path/direct movement

I have a tile based isometric map and an A* algorithm that returns a path. I am looking to smooth this path efficiently but with good aesthetics. Basically i am using my grid for building the map and ...
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### How to achieve partial pathfinding?

Let's say I already have an A* algorithm. How can I handle the cases when the goal cannot be reached, and still attempt to get there? For instance on the following example: Notice the amazing GIMP ...
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### How to use an A* Pathfinding System across uneven environments?

I am developing a game in Unity3D. I want an enemy character to follow the player around. The problem is, my surface is uneven and full of mountains. I am using aarongranberg's pathfinding project. ...
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### Combining pathfinding with global AI objectives

I'm making a turn-based strategy game using Java and LibGDX. Now I want to code the AI. I haven't written the AI code yet. I've simply designed it. The AI will have two components, one focused in ...