Patterns of identical shapes (often squares or hexagons) that have no gaps. They usually represent the playfield in various games.

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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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Algorithm to select all cells inside rooms/regions

I have a 2d game map consisting of several 'rooms' For example, here is a 2D map grid: (Brown cells = wall tiles) If I click on a tile (that isn't brown), I would like to obtain an array of all ...
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Making a symbol appear on any colour

I'm developing an RPG/roguelike-style game. Instead of having maps like: ......... ......... ....@.... ...h..... Oh look, a dwarf. I was having solid background tiles, So sort of a tile based RPG ...
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What is a good flat file format for storing a 2D tile map that can grow infinitely in any direction?

I am creating a simple map engine that will automatically expand in any direction with procedurally-generated content as needed. What is a good way to store map data, anchored at a 0,0 origin so that ...
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How should one handle positions in a tile-based world?

I have a simple Tower Defense game using a tiled world. Creep and towers are on a tile at all times. How should I represent the position of creeps in code? (Do creeps know their current tile and ...
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Multiplayer tile based movement synchronization

I have to synchronize the movement of multiple players over the Internet, and I'm trying to figure out the safest way to do that. The game is tile based, you can only move in 4 directions, and every ...
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How do I check to see if a tile corner is visible in 2d space?

I am trying to implement fog of war, and I have run into trouble. I want to check to see if the player is able to see the corners of each tile within a certain radius, however I am unsure how to check ...
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2d, Top-down map with different levels

So, I'm creating a 2d, top down, sprite based (tiled) game, and right now I'm working on maps (well, a map editor at the moment, but it will be creating my maps, so basically the same thing). The ...
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How to scroll hex tiles?

I don't seem to be able to find an answer to this one. I have a map of hex tiles. I wish to implement scrolling. Code at present: drawTilemap = function() { actualX = Math.floor(viewportX / ...
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Tile-based 2D collision detection problems

I'm trying to follow this tutorial http://www.tonypa.pri.ee/tbw/tut05.html to implement real-time collisions in a tile-based world. I find the center coordinates of my entities thanks to these ...
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Whole map design vs. tiles array design

I am working on a 2D RPG, which will feature the usual dungeon/town maps (pre-generated). I am using tiles, that I will then combine to make the maps. My original plan was to assemble the tiles using ...
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Alternative to 2D array in a tiled-map structure

After searching for a long time, I'm surprised this question was not asked yet. In a 2D, tiled-map game, how do you handle the map ? I'd be glad to have your point of view in any languages, though I'm ...
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Finding possible moves for an entity in a 2d tiled game

I'm having issues coming up with a specific search term for this, but how would one go about finding the possible moves in a 2D turn-based strategy game (i.e. FF:Tactics, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars). ...
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Tiled based map collision detection problem

I'm working on a tile-based Mario clone. I have implemented the tile based collision method from the tutorial http://www.tonypa.pri.ee/tbw/tut05.html. This works all fine when walking and falling. ...
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Making organic 2D tilemaps for tile based games

So I have always wondered how one makes a nice (not so squarish) 2d tile map, is it possible? all games now days I think use textured polygons...but my game engine (and engine) doesn't support that ...
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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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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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Repeat texture in libgdx

How to fill region with repeated texture? Now I'm using next method: spriteBatch.begin(); final int tWidth = texture.getWidth(); final int tHeight = texture.getHeight(); for (int i = 0; i < ...
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What is a good technique for 2D tile-based terrain generation meeting these requirements?

As a summer project I decided it would be fun to make a Flash game. Right now I'm going for something like the look of Terraria. It's been a lot of fun, but today I've hit a snag. I need a way to ...
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Need some advice regarding collision detection with the sprite changing its width and height

So I'm messing around with collision detection in my tile-based game and everything works fine and dandy using this method. However, now I am trying to implement sprite sheets so my character can have ...
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Xna: Texture2D from a png file

I'm making a tile based game, and I'm working for support of tilesets. I'm trying to make it so that a Texture2D is set as a chosen PNG file. I can do this with no problem f I load the image into the ...
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How can I achieve smooth shading / glow from one tile to another?

I've been working on a tile-based game in which some areas may be lit (currently seen), some may be black (never seen) and some may be dark (previously seen, but not currently seen). Looking at the ...
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Method of terrain in a 3d RPG

I am working on a RPG using the JMonkey engine. While I was conceptualizing the map, I realized I would have a problem with the terrain. My problem is this: I want to have a click to move interface, ...
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Tilemap-based level editor wishlist

I'll be likely writing one this year. It will end up having unique design so things turn out on its own anyway. Though, what an experienced level designer would want from a level editor? ...
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Technical differences between square and hexagon for a grid?

I'm developing a 2D city-building game and trying to decide on the type of grid. There will be vehicles, so the unit movement is important too. I know there are visual differences for using Squares ...
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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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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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Tile coordinates

Simple question I have here. Say my tile map is based on 32x32 tiles for an 800x600 image so let's say 25 tiles across and 19 down. So now I have that cell 0 of any row contains the first 0-31 ...
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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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Creating an isometric map with hexagonal tiles for iPad

I'm new to game development, so I need a little help. I have to write down a little game which has a floor with hexagonal tiles but it must be seen in a isometric view like The Sims. Ignoring the ...
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Tile pair matching algorithm

I'm trying to make a tile matching game. User can select a pair of tiles from a square grid, and if they match, both are removed from the grid. Tiles are matched if: they are of the same type ...
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Tile based collision detection failing when player is going too fast

I'm creating a side scroller and I'm have a problem with my collision detection. The collision detection works perfect when the player is falling at a constant speed, but when I implement more ...
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Tile-based multiplayer game: server and client load

I'm developing a multiplayer tile-based game (imagine habbo) and having some trouble with the movement. The idea is to click on a tile (target tile) so your avatar moves there and everyone can see you ...
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Arrays for a heightmap tile-based map

I'm making a game that uses a map which have tiles, corners and borders. Here's a graphical representation: I've managed to store tiles and corners in memory but I'm having troubles to get ...
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Android - Efficient way to draw tiles in OpenGL ES

I am trying to write efficient code to render a tile based map in android. I load for each tile the corresponding bitmap (just one time) and then create the according tiles. I have designed a class to ...
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2d map: how to manage it?

i'm developing a 2d game (top down), and i'm a beginner. Now, i've to create a map, with object (to interact with) ... I don't know how to .. manage the problem ! Does anyone can help me ? What are ...
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Perfect fit for isometric tiles in AS3 with BitmapData

I'm creating a game which uses 320x160 sized isometric tiles. I've got an editor that allows me to take loaded in tiles and plot them. The map size is 8x8, and instead of placing down 64 movieclips, ...
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Applying Textures to Hexagonal Tiles Seamlessly

I'm doing a tactical game (X-Com / Fallout style) for fun. I've decided to use a hexagonal map, but I'm having a graphic problem. My current map display is HUD-like, with only the border of the map ...
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Tiles and a walkable path

My game a sidescrolling platformer. I've created my own Tile app which in the end export an xml file detailing what each 32x32 space (in the entire image) contains (environment, platform, etc.). I get ...
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What would be a good way to implement/render a 2D tiled map for a browser game?

I coded a a little RPG in ruby and I used an array to contain the map squares. The elements of the array (which defines the X coordinates) are arrays themselves whose elements defines the Y ...
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2D Tile-based Collision Detection

I've been planning an indie game project for a while now. I'll summarise it for you so I can get right to the question. It's done entirely using the latest version of XNA through Visual Studio. ...
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Container classes in tile-based games.

I've recently begun working on a tile-based tactical game, and I have questions regarding a couple of key moments. Is it feasible to organize the tilemap as an array of containers, which can hold the ...
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Scrolling tile system

I know this is a common question, but I can't find an answer to it that isn't written using a huge game library sadly. I'm trying to write a scrollable tile system, which allows the user to move ...
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Map tile terrain transitions with 3-4 different types

Making transitions between two different tiles is a fairly well understood problem. The easiest way is to look at the 0.5, 0.5 and use the resulting 4 corner points to select a transition tile, as ...
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What algorithm to use for path mapping?

I am making a turn based game with tiles, much like Final Fantasy Tactics. I am trying to develop an algorithm for mapping out a list of available tiles to walk on. So for example, I am at (0,0) and ...
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Tile editor for flash based games?

I am trying to make the age-old version of pacman. And only then that I realized that I need to spend a heck lot of time for making the tile matrix itself. It gets messy more and more. I've also ...
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Efficient physics and collision detection for RTS

I'm thinking about writing my own RTS game and while I'm more or less clear about how the game engine should work, I need some directions as to how to implement physics and collision detection. Now, ...
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How to create a 3D world with 2D sprites similar to Ragnorak online?

As far as I know Ragnorak Online is a 3D game world with 2D sprites overlayed. I would like to use this style in a game I am making in Unity, so I would like the player to be able to select little ...
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What is the best way to store temporary selected characters and their insertion order?

I'm developing word game similar to word mole. I'm having a hard time determining how to store temporary selected character (and in turn will changed into word). Here's the situations. Say, I have ...
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How can I have 2 different images seamlessly tile with each other?

If I Google for "seamless tile" I can find many great answers to create a single image that will seamlessly tile with itself. GIMP even has a filter that will automatically make an image seamless in 1 ...