Tile map is a technique of re-using small graphic pieces, tiles, over and over again to shape the game field.

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Random map generation

I'm starting/started a 2D tilemap RPG game in Java and I want to implement random map generation. I have a list of different tiles, (dirt/sand/stone/grass/gravel etc) along with water tiles and path ...
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Random seed function for map generation?

I am looking for a function to generate a random tile-based map as the visual boundaries of the map change (by going through the map). I want the map to be infinitely large, and have maze-like ...
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Difference between “staggered” isometric and “normal” isometric tilemaps?

The Tiled Map Editor v0.9 recently added support for staggered tilemaps in addition to its usual isometric tilemap support. What are the exact technical differences between these two types of ...
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How can I create a random “world” in a tile engine?

I am designing a game that is working on a classic tile engine, but whose world is generated randomly. Are there existing games or algorithms that do this? The procedural generation algorithms I have ...
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Generating tile map

I am programming a tile based game and I have some basic tiles (grass, dirt, etc..), but I can't figure out how to make good random map generation, because when I do some really random selection, if ...
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Algorithm for procedureral 2D map with connected paths

Problem to solve: Generate a random 2D dungeon map for a tile-based game where all rooms are connected. I am looking for better solutions than what I currently have. My current solution is that I ...
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Efficient way to calculate “vision cones” on 2D tile map?

I'm trying to calculate which tiles a particular unit can "see" if facing a certain direction on a tile map (within a certain range and angle of facing). The easiest way would be to draw a certain ...
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Seamless tilemap rendering (borderless adjacent images)

I have a 2D game engine that draws tilemaps by drawing tiles from a tileset image. Because by default OpenGL can only wrap the entire texture (GL_REPEAT), and not just part of it, each tile is split ...
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How to Simulate Height in a Tiled Top-Down Game

How can I simulate height in a top-down tiled 2D game? One way I thought was to make tiles which are supposed to be higher brighter, but I was wondering if there was a standard or better ...
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Did old games like Golden Axe or Street or Rage use tilemaps? [closed]

I am wondering if old games like Golden Axe (genesis) or street of Rage (genesis) used tilemaps or background bitmaps for the levels. I could not find any resource that explain this and searching ...
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How can I randomly generate 2D tile-based side-scroller terrain?

I want to randomly generate a map for a 2D sidescroller game using the following tileset: I have found a few great articles on the bitmasking process, for example: ...
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Road / river generation on 2d grid map

This is a newbie question, but here it goes: My map is a 2d grid, and I want to generate roads and rivers. The route from the starting to ending point must not be the optimal route in number of ...
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Is it feasible for a Server to send nothing more than a tile-based area to a Client?

To start, I have a good amount of background in networking (hardware, routers, ex.) but very little knowledge past the basics of network programming. This may seem like a stupid question, but I want ...
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Tilemaps in a Entity System Framework?

I have been reading up on Entity System Frameworks specifically Artemis. I am trying to decide if it is right for me. I strictly work on tile based 2d pixel art games, and I don’t think they will ever ...
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Diagonal line of sight with two corners

Right now I'm using Bresenham's line algorithm for line of sight. The problem is I've found an edge case where players can look through walls. Occurs when the player looks between two corners of a ...
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Tile map/terrain implementation with differing heights of neighbouring tiles

Ahoy! I'm looking for some information about tile maps, or rather, what a specific type of tile map is called. I'm interested in the kind of implementation used in rollercoaster tycoon, or the ...
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How can I author objects with perspective that fit into a tile-based map but span multiple tiles?

I'm creating a tilemap city and trying to figure out the most efficient way to create unique building scenes. The trick is, I need to maintain a sort of 2D, almost-top-down perspective, which is hard ...
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Choose tile based on adjacent tiles

I am working on a tiled map editor, and I need to choose tiles automatically, based on the adjacent tiles. For example, when placing a road tile, next to another road tile, the two need to be oriented ...
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isometric drawing order with larger than single tile images - drawing order algorithm?

I have an isometric map over which I place various images. Most images will fit over a single tile, but some images are slightly larger. For example, I have a bed of size 2x3 tiles. This creates a ...
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How can I distribute powerups “fairly”? [closed]

I'm implementing a Bomberman-esque game in which players try to eliminate each other on a square tile-based arena. I'm currently implementing powerups that give the player who collected them a bonus ...
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Elegant autotiling

I'm looking for information about how people implement autotiling in their tile-based games. So far I have always improvised it with a bunch of hardcoded "if ... else ..." statements, and now I ...
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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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How do I resolve a collision with two tiles at once?

I am having some problems with collision detection. I have 2 types of objects excluding the player. Tiles and what I call MapObjects. The tiles are all 16x16, where the MapObjects can be any size, but ...
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3D models on 2D tilemap perspective when scrolling

I am creating a small top-down game, where the player traverses a 2D tilemap, with an illusion of depth provided by 3D models for things like buildings or trees. Having gotten to the point where I ...
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AI, Pathfinding - Searching Behavior

I'm developing a top-down 2D game mostly based off a tilemap/grid. The player will be able to build structures on this grid while other objects like vehicles will move around freely. I've been working ...
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XNA C# Platformer - physics engine or tile based?

I would like to get some opinions on whether i should develop my game using a physics engine (farseer physics seems to be the best option) or follow the traditional tile-based method. Quick ...
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Find nearest tile of type x

I currently have an array of tiles which makes up the tilemap (stored as an int array) and I want an NPC to be able to move itself to the nearest tile of type X (ie find the nearest tree and chop it ...
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Circle-Rectangle collision in a tile map game

I am making a 2D tile map based putt-putt game. I have collision detection working between the ball and the walls of the map, although when the ball collides at the meeting point between 2 tiles I ...
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3D terrain map with Hexagon Grids

I'm working on a hobby project (I'm a web/backend developer by day) and I want to create a 3D Tile (terrain) engine. I'm using XNA, but I can use MonoGame, OpenGL, or straight DirectX, so the answer ...
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Should an actor know its position (or map should know it)

In a tile-based game (in this case MMO), should an actor (e.g., player) know its position, or should only the map know its position? If an actor is placed on a grid map, it is placed on a specific ...
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storing procedurally generated roguelike world into zones

I am currently developing a 3D roguelike game which will take place in a very large world. The world is generated by procedural algorithm supplied by external script in run time. To speed up rendering ...
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Is it possible to map mouse coordinates to isometric tiles with this coordinate system?

I'm trying to implement mouse interaction in a 2D isometric game, but I'm not sure if it's possible given the coordinate system used for tile maps in the game. I've read some helpful things like ...
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Labeling Areas on a map

I've been wondering how you would go about labeling an area on a 2D tile map. What I'd like to do is associate tiles with an area i.e Forest Area, Desert Area, etc. Keep in mind this is an idea, so ...
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More Efficient Data Structure for Large Layered Tile Map

It seems like the popular method is to break the map up into regions and load them as needed, my problem is that in my game there are many AI entities other than the player out performing actions in ...
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How would I go about updating my electronic circuit simulator's 'electricity'?

I have made an application which allows the user to place down wires, power sources, and inverters on a virtual circuit board. All connections between tiles are automatic, as shown here: As you ...
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Working principle of an RPG map

I am currently thinking of building a basic browser-based 2D(that would eventually become 2.5D) RPG. I have planned everything and I think that would be able to accomplish the current goals, but it ...
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Isometric Tile maps in Cocos2d-x

Is there an specific isometric tile map handler in cocos2d-x? I can't find any.
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Isometric Screen View to World View

I am having trouble working out the math to transform the screen coordinates to the Grid coordinates. The code below is how far I have got but it is totally wrong any help or resources to fix this ...
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How do I change the relative origins of a Box2D World and a TiledMap in Libgdx?

I'm playing around with Box2D and TiledMaps and I've come across this minor annoyance. As you can see, both Box2D and TiledMap render at the center of the screen. This forces me to compensate by ...
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Storing large layered tilemap

My game consists largely of "sea" tiles with sections of tiles that form "islands". The sea tiles are all exactly the time. The map itself is pretty large and only going to get larger. I'm trying to ...
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Why is my Tiled map distorted when rendered with LibGDX?

I have a Tiled map that looks like this in the editor: But when I load it using an AssetManager (full static source available on GitHub) it appears completely askew. I believe the relevant ...
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Effecient tilemap rendering

I have done mostly tile based games, but never really bothered with optimization. I always just rendered all the tiles that convered the viewport. I am currently working on platformer for a mobile ...
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Change the tilemap shown on stage in Flixel

I am building a simple platformer using Flixel, beginning with the source code from Flixel creator's EZPlatformer . I would like to adjust the level's tilemap when the player sprite enters/overlaps ...
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Canvas tile grid, hover effects, single tilesheet, etc

I'm currently in the process of building both the client and server side of an HTML5, canvas, and WebSocket game. This is what I have thus far for the client: http://jsfiddle.net/dDmTf/20/ Current ...
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How to extend Tiled and Cocos2d to create an Isometric map that supports elevation

I've been looking and looking and looking, and I cannot seem to find a solution out there for making a game that uses cocos2d and Tiled to make an isometric map that supports elevation. I am not ...
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How would I implement procedurally generated tiles in libgdx?

I'm creating a simple top down Zelda-esque game in libgdx, and I want to implement tile-based dungeons that are procedurally generated, similar to this. Libgdx does have a class called TiledMap which ...
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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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HTML5 - Dynamic canvas grid for scrolling a big map

I've been working on different scrolling algorithms for my JS-based game. My main problem is that I need to draw a huge map and also have it scroll smoothly. I've made a few attempts and while they're ...
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Javascript tile map -> bitmap or JSON

I would like to know which idea is better in terms of performance. The map is 5000x5000 tiles and I plan to expand it even more. It is split into 50x50 regions and camera doesn't move with player, ...
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How do I eliminate black bar artifacts in AndEngine/TMX plugin?

I used AndEngine gles1 along with the tmx plugin to generate my background maps. The image width is not fit to my virtual device, so I increased the tmx image size. Here is my code for the camera ...