A platform game (or platformer) is a video game characterized by requiring the player to jump to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles.

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Creating Platform game with Inclined Levels

Till now I have developed platform games in which a player can only move and detect tiles linearly. I wonder on how to implement games in which a player can move on an inclined or irregular surface. ...
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How to use camera transformation without depending on (1,-1) scale during spriteBatch.draw()

I am creating a 2D platformer type game in XNA. I currently have a camera object, with a position/rotation/zoomlevel that I use to generate a transformation matrix to pass to SpriteBatch.Begin(). ...
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How to make loss of control acceptable?

Let's say the game we're talking about is some kind of platformer. With all the puzzles, mini-challenges and mechanics aspects it is very, very important to have good control over the character. A ...
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How to find objects in front of my player

I am trying to find an object that is in front of my player sprite using the following code RaycastHit2D hit = Physics2D.Raycast(transform.position,Vector2.right,EnemyLayer); //EnemyLayer is the ...
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Tile System with moving Platforms

I am using a tile based system where the level is stored in a char: char[,] Level2 = {{'.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.','.'}, ...
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Stopping sprties from toppling off platform

I am new to Unity and am trying to create a simple 2d platformer. I have applied a box collider to my player sprite and the floor/platform its standing on. Now when I go over the platform, it toppes ...
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How to design basic physics and movement behavior for 2D platformer?

I want to make a simple 2D platformer. I know some basic 2D physics and how to implement them in a game. How to make a character jump, accelerate, decelerate, etc. But I have no idea how to actually ...
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Algorithm for randomly generating reachable platforms

I want to randomly generate reachable platforms on the fly for a 2D game. Right now, I am just creating platforms at random x,y positions. Only 4 platforms can exist at once, so once the 5th one is ...
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Platformer raycast collision detection

I'm using Unity to create a 2D platformer. For collision detection, I'm using raycasting to detect any possible collisions with specific collision layers, and adjusting the desired delta x & y ...
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In platformer games, what are “hole in the ground” obstacles called?

In most jump and run games, holes in the ground are common obstacles: You need to jump over them, or you'll fall down and lose a life. It would be helpful to know for documentation, variable naming ...
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How do I make a 2D platformer AI aware of its allies?

I'm trying to develop a 2D platformer AI that is aware of its buddies and tries to not overlap with them. However, I always end up with an "snake": I dont want them to be so robotic, but instead ...
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Ground hitting system [closed]

I want to know how to make character hit ground and lose health. For example: when character is falling of one meter he losing only a small part of his health, and when he's falling of 10 metters he ...
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How do I ensure that my 2D side-scroller camera stays within the world bounds?

I have tried implementing a basic 2D sidescroller camera in XNA, but I don't want it to be able to scroll past the edges of my tile map! I tried to fix it, but when I get the left side working, the ...
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Calculate shadow map to overlay hidden line-of-sight things in 2d?

Given a 2D sideview with even-sized grid squares and our hero in a known center-ish position like this ... and imagining this hero's line of sight like this... how could one get the point values ...
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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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Scaling background without scaling foreground in platformer?

I'm currently developing a platform game and I've run into a problem with scaling resolutions. I want a different resolution of the game to still display the foreground unscaled (characters, tiles, ...
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How can I reuse objects going off left side of screen, by putting them offscreen on the right side?

I have an array of roughly 10,000 tiles over a 2d grid. When a tile goes off screen, I'd like to recycle it by disabling the renderer, repositioning it just before it comes on screen again, then turn ...
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Camera movement and threshold not working

I have a platformer that is in progress, part of this has a camera which I only want to move when the character moves out of a certain threshold, to try to accomplish this I have the following if ...
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How can I implement jumping in a 2D game using bounding box collision?

Problem: I'm trying to implement basic jumping to my 2D game engine, but have failed several times. Basically what I've done so far is disabling gravity and using a separate function moving the player ...
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What's the most memory efficient way to load a tiled map?

Currently I am working on a simple 2D platformer and I want to load a tiled map. What I've started working on is loading the tiles using a text file. My first question is simple: is a text file the ...
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Updating the jump in game

I am making a Java game and I want my game to run the same on any FPS so I'm using time delta between each update. This is the update method of the Player: public void update(long timeDelta) { ...
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Game Logic Update Order

Is there a commonly-accepted general approach to the order of processing logic updates? My current 2D platformer has objects that implement different concerns, including the following: Notifiable - ...
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Allowing a player to walk up and down slopes without resistance

I am trying to implement a platformer where both the player and the level are made up of arbitary polygons. One requirement is that the player can stand still on slopes, and walk up and down them ...
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How to handle the top of a slope in a 2D tile-based platformer?

I'm working on a 2D tile-based platformer that supports 45-degree slope tiles. There are several questions on the topic, but none seem to cover this precise problem that I have. This excellent ...
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Platform game: applying gravity and jumping [duplicate]

I am making a 2D platform game in Java but I don't know how to apply gravity and jumping on my player and other living creatures in game that it looks natural and that it is physical correct. I have ...
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2D Contra style game - main character 360 degree gun aim

I'm about to make my first simple game. I'd like to know some of the ways to achieve a 360 degree gun aim in a 2D contra-like shooter. The thing is I want it to be 360 degrees, not just 8 direction ...
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Spritesheet vs single tiles

I am currently programming a 2d platformer and this is the first time I am coding a video game. Now I've downloaded the 'platformer art deluxe' package. In the tiles folder there are single tiles and ...
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Auto-tiling with Yoshi's Island style tiles

I'm creating a 2D platformer and I'd like to implement an auto-tiling system. Normally, this wouldn't be particularly difficult. However, I'd like to have tiles like in Yoshi's Island, where the ...
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Vertical Scrolling In Tile Based XNA Platformer

I'm making a 2D platformer in XNA 4.0. I have created a working tile engine, which works well for my purposes, and Horizontal Scrolling works flawlessly, however I am having great trouble with ...
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Multiplayer platformer - Are server corrections normally required with a single client on the server?

I am currently working on a rather simple multiplayer platformer. I read quite a bit of articles on the techniques used to hide latency, but I still fail to get my head around certain of the concepts. ...
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One to one aiming in 2D platformer

Hello all I have been having an issue with a 2D platformer I'm working on in Unity. It has an aiming style similar to Shadow Complex where the aiming will rotate around the character in direction to ...
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How to move player based on existing Game state?

I'm trying to build a basic platforming game in C++ using SDL, and I've encountered this issue enough to know that there's something I'm missing. What I'm working with, at the most basic level, is ...
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3D BSP rendering for maps made in 2d platform style

I wish to render a 3D map which is always seen from top, camera is in sky and always looking at earth. Sample of a floor layout: I don't think I need complex structures like BSP trees to render ...
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How can one impliment multiple control schemes for a single player?

I am working on a platformer and I want to have the player be able to switch control types based on items that may be carried + default controls for things such as water, in the air, on the ground ...
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Camera scrolling and game boundaries

I am making a platformer game in JBox2D and LWJGL that has a scrolling camera, but I have hit a wall with the boundaries of the camera. Essentially what I have right now is a Box2D world that is ...
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How to handle a Tile Map Scrolling [duplicate]

i'm making a video game, and i'm having, i think, a concept problem. The game will be a platformer which will use tile maps, so to start i will create a mask matrix indicating the tiles to be loaded, ...
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beginContact triggered more than once on some objects

Short version: It looks like beginContact is detecting continuous collisions. I'd like to avoid that. Long version : I use Box2Dweb to write a 2D platformer. It's my first game using this lib, and, ...
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Chunks - Drawing in a randomly generated and infinite world

I am working on a platformer that is going to have a map that is randomly generated and infinite in 3 directions: left, right, and down. I've figured out that I will need to separate this world into ...
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Stick 2 btRigidBodies together

I have a platform with btBoxShape as shape, and I want to rotate it every certain amount of time to simulate a rotating platform. Right now I rotate it with Ogre (my rendering engine) and use a ...
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Sensor based vs. AABB based collision

I'm trying to write a simple collision system, which will probably be primarily used for 2D platformers, and I've been planning out an AABB system for a few weeks now, which will work seamlessly with ...
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How do you find games with a similar idea?

I'm thinking about making an indie game and want to know if there's maybe one with similar idea. I'm not asking about my idea specifically, I just want to know how to find out if a game has the same ...
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Why does my sprite shake while moving?

Player movement causes its sprite to shake a bit. I don't what is causing it or how to fix it. I recorded a video of the problem. In the recording, it looks like the world is shuddering, but only ...
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2D collision resolution: works on each axis individually, but not with both combined

My collision detection method is solid and detects box to box collision every time. Then comes the resolve part which I'm struggling with quite a bit. It works perfectly when I'm manipulating the ...
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How would I implement a level for a vertical shooter game

I've been working in my free time on a vertical shooter similar to Xenon 2 Megablast. It's a tribute of sorts to the game that destroyed a considerable part of my childhood. I've got the basic stuff ...
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2D Platform character getting “unaligned” with the map

I'm trying to make a 2D Platform game and so far I can have my character moving around in a tiled map and collisions are working too. So far so good. The problem I'm having is that the character can ...
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How do I elegantly teach players how to play?

I've been thinking about how puzzle platformers teach players how to play. I like Super Meat Boy, particularly the way in which it teaches you without noticing you are being taught. It kept me ...
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How can I implement infinite scrolling by scrolling the background's texture, not the quad? [duplicate]

I'm writing a 2D platformer game on Java with LWJGL. I'm doing this just for the sake of learning and not the result itself, so when I decided to implement scrolling I did it two ways I could invent ...
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Determining which edge a collision occurred on in a platformer

First of all, this will be Open Source, and you will be mentioned for the help. We've been programming a Super Mario Remake for the iPhone with Cocos2d for school. It looks pretty great, and we ...
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What is the best way to close dialogs in a platform game controlled by keyboard only

I'm developing a flash puzzle platform game in my free time and I got stuck on deciding how to implement a feature. The game will be controlled by keyboard only, no mouse available. My game will have ...
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Gravity independent of game updates per second

Edit Just for clarification, my sprite's 'movement' isn't the problem. If I set my Time variable to 4 seconds, then it will cross the screen in exactly 4 seconds regardless of logic updates rate per ...