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. Hoping to put it on 360 and PC, but am only really looking for a PC-oriented solution at this stage.
It's a 2D side-scrolling shooter (think Metroidvania-style, or even Terraria). It will eventually include an in-game map editor with maps being tile-based (16x16). There will be upwards and downwards scrolling. I'm hoping to implement tile layers in the dev map editor (reason for a dev map editor is it's going to be heavily leaning towards a content-focus, so there will be a lot of maps).
Physical tiles will be very simple with only two major types. Block tiles, which are just a solid tile, and angled tiles, which are tiles with an incline that characters can walk on. I'm strongly considering abandoning angled tiles entirely, but not sure yet.
The character/NPC movement will be simple. Moving side-to-side, jumping, falling, flying (with appropriate items/situations), teleporting. All very static, no dynamic physics necessary. Only basic gravity. When a character steps off the edge of a tile, it falls. When it jumps and a tile is above it, it stops short and falls back down. When it reaches a protruding tile/wall, it can't move further unless it jumps over or flies. All the basic stuff.
Projectiles can be affected by gravity as well, and some situations may arise where a projectile may be manipulated mid-flight, but nothing requiring heavy physics. Some projectiles will move characters as well (think a simple "pushing" mechanic).
So here's the question: I'm at the stage where I'm starting to work on movement and collision-detection but I just can't set myself on a way to go about them. I need ways to determine when character, tiles, and projectiles collide. Given what I've said about the style I'm going for and the tile-based system I'm using, can I get some recommendations+links to some tried and true collision detection methods others have used in similar situations, and maybe an example of a game using a similar approach? What I need more than anything else is inspiration.
And just a quick note, I have several years of experience as a programmer, so I'm not a total newbie :)