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Tools for creating 2d tile based maps

I am Indie Game developer and I am looking for a tile based 2d level editor. I also would like to know the free ones as well as paid ones, which you feel as the best.


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http://www.mapeditor.org/ - everything you'll ever need! :) It's free & cross-platform!

Quoted from the site's list of features:

  • General purpose tile map editor with XML-based map format
  • Supports orthogonal and isometric maps
  • Custom objects can be placed with pixel precision
  • Full undo/redo and copy/paste support
  • Add custom properties to tiles, layers, objects or the map
  • Automatically reloads tilesets when changed externally
  • Resize or offset your tile map later as needed
  • Efficient tile editing tools like stamp and fill brushes
  • Supports input/output plugins to open and save files in custom formats
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks Zolomon. Your answer was right on the nail, and by the way I also went through your site, which I found to be an interesting one. And hats off for the stop-mo in the site. GREAT! and once again thanking you. arun. \$\endgroup\$ – arc Jul 30 '10 at 12:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ No problem, happy to help! And thank you for your comment about my site. \$\endgroup\$ – Zolomon Jul 30 '10 at 16:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Note the export options are very limited on tiled, and I know the author is in the works of making it easier. \$\endgroup\$ – NiCk Newman Nov 23 '15 at 4:30

The Best of the Pack

Tiled Map Editor http://www.mapeditor.org/

Mappy http://tilemap.co.uk/mappy.php

TME - Tile Map Editor http://tilemapeditor.com/

TileStudio http://tilestudio.sourceforge.net/

tIDE (Tilemap Integrated Development Environment) http://tide.codeplex.com/

Gleed2D https://github.com/SteveDunn/Gleed2D/wiki

Worth a Try / Alpha Versions

TaT Tile Map Editor http://kotisivu.dnainternet.net/ttilli/tilemapeditor/main.htm

Simple Tile Map Editor http://devlinslab.blogspot.com/2007/11/simple-tile-map-editor.html

Flan Map Editor http://flixel.org/forums/index.php?topic=225.0

Tile Map Editor VB.Net http://sourceforge.net/projects/tilemapeditor2d/

Abandoned / Unfinished

JEngine Tile Map Editor (no description, no screenshots) http://jenginetilemapeditor.codeplex.com/

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey thank you man..... this is great!! Just great! Gotta check each and everyone if possible.... \$\endgroup\$ – arc Aug 1 '10 at 9:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ you're welcome, i was just doing research on these tools to find something that fits my bill ... unfortunately, i came out empty handed \$\endgroup\$ – LearnCocos2D Sep 22 '10 at 22:09

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