Questions tagged [game-mechanics]

A set of rules that govern an in-game experience. Game design is an effort to come up with game mechanics that allow for players to have a fun and engaging experience.

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Slots - Reel with a predefined symbol positions or make each symbol change independently on the others

I'm making a slot machine game and I need some advice on how to implement the spinning reels or how it's usually done. Right now, I'm thinking about two different approaches that would make sense - if ...
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How to determine if a 2D image represents what player sees in 3D game world?

I'm working on a game idea where the player is shown a 2D image (say, a "photo") and the player must find a spot in a 3D world where the view is about equivalent to that photo - not ...
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Simple racing car steering?

I want to make a simple 2d top-down racing game, something like Mario Kart in 2d, but I am really struggling with the car steering. The only resources I find are complicated and involve a lot of ...
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How can I solve interactions between game environment and Entities like player or NPC on the code level?

I want to figure out how objects in a game environment like these: A reward Chest A mana depleting/replenishing zone sudden stormy winds in a certain direction should affect other entities' (player'...
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How can I set up enemies spawning in set locations in every level in my Unity game?

I'm new to Unity and I've made a game in which I can make the levels using prefabs quickly, but I found that making Enemies in prefabs isn't a good idea because they can't follow or interact with the ...
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Why do RPGs require you to “use” items instead of unlocking them on drop?

Many RPGs have you collecting items (like books, or cosmetics) as inventory items, which you then have to "use" to actually unlock their benefits (say a higher knowledge stat, or being able ...
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add force to object that has 2 different rigid bodies

I need add force to object that has 2 different rigid bodies and someone said that the best way of this is using fixed joint. The case is this ; I have player object and it has a pusher object that ...
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Are there ways to limit players other than a conventional currency system or a resource system?

I'm making a 2D strategy game. I want to create something unlike the current resource management type games I regularly see tagged as strategy. My goals are: To force the player to think about their ...
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Alternatives to 'collecting coins' [closed]

In the generic mario style game you collect coins as you go along your primary adventure (i.e. get to other side of the map). They usually offer generic additions like the ability to get extra lives ...
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“Acrobatic” and “fluid” combat system (i.e. Spider-Man 2018)

Like it says in the title, I like the way that Spider-Man Has a dynamic and fluid feeling combat system. I can't exactly put my finger on a few key aspects, though, and I don't have any way I can ...
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Formula for attack range using hexagons

I need a little help with a formula to calculate the attack range for my turn-based strat game. Since it's a hexagon grid, I'm having trouble coming up with a formula that would pick the character ...
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How many choices for attacks should a player be given?

If you remember the old Fallout 1 + 2 games, there you could select where to shoot/hit the enemy. But of all the choices, only chest or head made sense. Chest to maximize hit probability or, if a hit ...
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What would be the best way to implement a multi-directional “board game” movement system?

I'm pretty new to game dev, and can't figure out how to do this, even though it is probably really easy. If you need more reference, look up some gameplay of the Wii game Dokapon Kingdom, that's the ...
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Why don't beat 'em ups allow player character sprites to face toward or away from the screen?

Most beat 'em up games don't allow player character sprites to face away or towards the screen. For example, in Streets of Rage, when you press up, the character moves up, but it is still facing ...
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How do I create an infinite tower

So I had this idea of creating a 2D game where the player would just climb a tower the furthest he could. I do already have a camera and a scene class somewhat ready, but I'm not sure how I would add ...
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Optimizing the economy of a resource management game

I am an amateur game designer. I am designing a resource management game involving real money. This is my first time designing such a game. I explain the design and mechanics below. I need feedback ...
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How do you call game mode where the time is running out and player can increase time by collecting coins

I am working on an arcade game and I want to make a game mode, where the player has some time to collect coins. When a coin is collected player gets extra time, so the game can continue infinitely. ...
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Do developers watch player match recordings for their online games?

When developers plan and decide on new buffs and nerfs, do they gather information from online game matches, recorded secretly from their servers' data feeds and reconstructed / analyzed offline - for ...
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Java Game: A* Algorithm (searching only cells in front of character)

Game Type: grid tile map that is turned based Directions allowed: Left, Forward, Right (to reverse directions you must either use two lefts or two rights) - both left and right moves diagonal but ...
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How would a turn based RPG game store move information in a reusable way?

Suppose I create a turn based RPG in the veins of Pokémon, with a lot of moves and abilities, that would have elements of hand made code, in cases for special effects after a successful attack or ...
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How can I prevent cheating in my collecting and trading game?

I develop and manage an online game where users collect and trade virtual pets (it is entirely online). It's a simple game, we periodically release new pets, users collect them and get random ones, ...
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How to implement special abilities in turn based card game (and in games in general)?

I am wondering how games like dota, or Magic Arena implements their hero/ card special ability system, and more specifically how do they "Hook" their special ability triggers to the game ...
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How do you register two or more keys properly?

I am experimenting with KeyListeners and I thought about how do I register two or more keys, this is my code so far: ...
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How do I load Player position as new gameobject?

I want to make game-like time travel, the player has the ability to go to the future by limited time, for that, I want to add some game mechanic like save the player position. Additional information: ...
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In a visual novel game with optional sidequests, how to encourage the sidequests without requiring them?

Context I'm working on a small visual novel-style game, telling the story of a defense attorney and investigator. The story is split into chapters, with each chapter being a new case, and there are ...
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How do I calculate/weight a diminishing damage formula based on N targets?

I'm making a game and had a look at the questions about calculating damage/diminishing returns here and here but I haven't quite been able to come up with a logarithmic function that satisfies this ...
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How to fix stuck between sprite shape

I'm making hill climb racing type game but I have an issue here when climbing the car is so slow also there will be stuck between sprite shape like that I've tried configuring ...
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How to keep AI goalkeeper inside their bounds

I'm making a soccer-themed top-down 2D endless game, but I have a problem with the goalkeeper AI. My game looks like this: As you can see, the goalKeeper is moving out of bounds. I have tried to ...
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How to implement a system like the draft from NFL/NHL/NBA for an mmo?

I want to build a soccer manager mmo and I'm currently thinking about how to get young players into the game. The classic way would be to invest into the youth and produce better youth players each ...
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Heat bar that always goes down but when near fire it goes up

For the fire I have this script on it. ...
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Whenever I grapple onto a RigidBody, the grappling/reeling mechanics glitch out in Unity. How can I fix this?

I'm trying to make a game in Unity 2020.1, the feature I'm trying to prototype and test is a grapple gun. The grapple gun should grapple onto walls, and platforms reel the player in. I've implemented ...
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Fully destructibility in 2D

I would like to create a small game about battles in the Middle Ages. Imagine a procedurally generated 2d map with rivers, fields, and a small castle. Two sides. One player will attack the castle, and ...
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2D Side-scrolling Strategy Game Pathfinding Help

Hey Guys,I am trying to implement dungeons into my 2d RTS ish game.The dungeons is made out of rooms, you start at the top, and you can unlock rooms with scouts.The picture is the unlocked version of ...
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How can I find a good fixed ratio between buying and selling prices for the player in an in-game market?

I'm developing a single player game containing gathering and crafting where I'm still struggling to find base values for the prices of gathered resources and crafted items. (But this is part of ...
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Preferred way of calculating run chances in Game of Cricket

For modelling a simple game of cricket, Considering a batsman has a single attribute rating. I can go about deciding run chances by weighted probabilities. ...
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Phaser 3 - How to make 2 object merging after collision (Like Claw Machine)

I'm new in Phaser 3. I use Matter.js for physics. I want to create something like Claw Machine : I have a claw (top) and prize (bottom) The claw will take a prize from bottom When claw hit the prize, ...
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How do I zoom in and out in a fully tiled based game

I am currently developing a tile based game in Java and trying to add the option of zooming. I do the zoom by reducing and enlarging the tiles, but the problem is that it creates spaces between the ...
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How can I create multi objects in modern OpenGL?

I am trying to do make a 3D game in modern OpenGL where the player throws a ball and when it hits a cube, the score will be increased by one. I created a 3D object and camera. Right now I'm stuck ...
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Reacting to button holds of different durations for an anxiety game

I am working on an interactive game to aid with anxiety management. In one of the gameplay options, the player has to press buttons for a certain amount of time. Only after the required time has ...
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How to make balls (water, or fluid) through pipe

I'm working on a project and get stuck for days. I want to make balls going through the pipe like this game: You can watch this Youtube video for more detail. How can i replicate this game machenis?
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Calculating complex D&D style interactions

So I don't even know if this is the right community to ask (as I imagine it's probably quite maths heavy) in but I figure it falls under the realm of game mechanics. I want to develop a game mechanic ...
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Understanding use of dot product in speed boost pad

I am trying to understand the dot product. I have found a website that gives you intuition about this topic and one of the examples involves a speed boost pad: Imagine the red vector is your speed (x ...
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Endless runner player detect player drop

Starting to learn/write my first game using Corona/Solar2d game engine. And have a very basic question on how do people handle a such this situation which I assume should be common to any game engine. ...
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Is it possible to use absolute input device like a pointer or VR headset for peeking(looking) in non VR FPS or 3rd person games?

Assume I have a VR headset, which has absolute orientation as output and this orientation is input to a game. In VR Games, your character looks wherever you look by using your headset's absolute ...
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A system that figure out the fastest (not shortest) navigation method between points for 2D spaceship with 2 axes propulsion

I am working on a space themed game with space being a 2D pane. The player issue order by clicking on the coordinate for his/her ship to navigate to a certain point on the pane. The player ship can: ...
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Problems with gravity and box colliders in Unity 3D

I have a game character that can jump or roll in order to avoid obstacles. He is able to roll while on the ground and he can also roll while he is in the air after jumping. Everything was working fine ...
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Trying to create a knockback effect between 2 squares (Code in Java)

I've been in trouble for weeks now and I don't understand why it doesn't work for me! I have tried so many things and I just can not understand. I try to get one player to get a knockback as soon as ...
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Move camera closer (Zoom In-Out) to object that is being followed (Unity)

I have implemented a main camera that follows and orbits around an object (player). Now I would like to implement a Zoom In-Out mechanic. This functionality would allows the camera to approach the ...
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How can I decelerate a physics object to a stand still?

I am currently working on a little prototype and I am struggling to apply a friction force to slow down the player object. I have a simple physics engine using the model of setting acceleration, ...
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Which works best to describe character, item or dungeon properties: Affix or Trait?

I am working on an RPG portion of my game called "The Underground King". My item generator uses the same properties that also apply to characters, vehicles and racing levels (dungeons for short). I ...

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