Questions tagged [levels]

A discrete space available to the player that forms part of a larger game world.

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Texture2D GetPixels - Finding pixels that are not transparent. Problem as finding more than expected

I am trying to make a level design system where I use a low resolution png file with certain pixels filled. My code will turn this location of the pixel in the image into placement of platforms in my ...
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How can I easily create/edit a level for a scrolling shooter game?

I've been asking this question over the years many a time, but I still haven't found an answer when i search for one. Now I have slightly more knowledge of how programming is done and want to start ...
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slow/fast/slow experience system

I know this has probably been answered in various forms, I just can't seem to find exactly what I am looking for, so any help would be appreciated. I am looking for an experience ladder that 'starts' ...
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Creating multiple levels in Unity without duplicating scripts

I'm trying to create a falling word typing game like z-type. I have used the code provided here I want to create multiple levels in the game, and it seems like I need to make some changes in the ...
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Terminology in a hierarchy of levels

My game has a 2-tier hierarchy of levels, it is composed of 6 or more "outer levels" that consist of 8 or more "inner levels". Reaching an inner level unlocks the next inner level. Reaching the top ...
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How are really big maps made? [duplicate]

I'm interested in how huge games like The Witcher 3 and Skyrim create and save the open worlds. In my own game I used a system where I stored the map data in a file seperated by commas. For example '...
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Building Levels… Any tips for nice 'level enclosure'? To avoid having to make un-used parts of a level map

Hi everyone I have made myself a little SWAT action FPS style game. I have the basis of the code very well set up (by my standards!) and can easily add enemies where I want that all act differently by ...
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How can I create borders in an open-world game that don't feel artificial?

When creating open-world maps, a big issue to take into consideration is how "borders" of sorts are implemented. Obviously, in an open-world game, there shouldn't be invisible-wall borders, as it ...
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How to release a new level without having to publish a new version

What can I do to extend the gameplay. So if I know that I will update the game with new levels and dont want to publish a new version every time I have a new level. How can I handle this. Ex: I have ...
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How can i load a level in my gameengine wich is larger than 2GB? C#

i were asking myself how could i load a large Level? My gameengine is written in C# and is rendering with Direct3D11. I just have my class called "Scenery" and the class is able to store all objects ...
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How can I calculate current level from total XP, when each level requires proportionally more XP?

In my game, XP needed to reach the next level is Current Level × Level Threshold. Given that, how can I get my current level from the total XP ever earned? For example: ...
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Restarting a game be resetting an object [duplicate]

In a game I made, I want to restart the game when the players presses a button. I have an instance of a Game class, which is where most of the game happens. I ...
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How can I speed up slow loading of big levels?

I created a level loader that loads levels saved in an XML format. This means I am using an XML parser to read the levels. It works, but slightly bigger levels take too long to load. So now I am ...
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LibGDX - Managing and starting new levels

I have a Manic Miner style game where you need to collect all the items from a screen before you can advance to the next screen. I have a screen class called "PlayScreen" wich starts out by loading ...
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Efficient way to load chunks of a 2d level to prevent game from loading stutters

I am building a 2D sidescroller game in Unity3D. It's tile-based. To get better performance I divided the level into chunks. I activate these chunks when the player enters 2D Triggers and deactivate ...
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What is the optimal scene size?

I'm coding a small "Binding of Isaac"-like game, with a little help from the official "Scavengers" Unity tutorial, since it's my first game. In the tutorial every level is comprised of only one room. ...
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Level progression grid/chart [closed]

What I'd like to do is create a sheet where I can track character XP/level progression. I created this by hand: It's sloppy, but in the realm of what I'd like to generate on a computer. Each bar ...
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Importing levels at runtime

I know that the Unity editor can import/export packages which could contains Scenes (levels), but is it possible to import a Scene into a game at runtime without the Unity Editor? What I am trying to ...
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Flexible and extendable system of level objectives (victory/failure conditions) in Unity

I'm trying to come up with a flexible system of level objectives for a Unity game. What I'd like to achieve is to have a system that on each level (scene) can accept a different set of (configurable) ...
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SceneManager.LoadScene doesn't seem to be working in Unity IDE

I'm in the start screen scene of my game and I'm trying to load the actual game. I use the following code: ...
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Best way to let the player know there are multiple solutions to a problem?(and force them to play again)

I am going to work on a map for my game that is in first person mode. This is the story(planned). He is on a sinking ship and he wants to escape before the ship sinks. He has a few ways of doing so, ...
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Sparsely distributed locked levels?

I want to include some locked levels in my puzzle app as a lightweight reward system. The levels play relatively quickly (average 1-min/level) and there are 100-200 levels in a pack. I prefer not to ...
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Different Activities for every level?

So I've got a simple game with different levels. For the most part the levels use the same code, with only slightly different things. Do i have to make a new Activity for every level? The app will ...
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Making world geometry with Ogre3d

In Ogre3d's manual and in the documentation it's said that Ogre::Mesh shouldn't be used for world geometry. Quoting the manual: Mesh objects are assumed to represent movable objects and are not ...
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Level creation of Rayman Origins type game?

Does anyone know the technique they used to create their levels (using rayman origin as an example)? I'm strictly speaking of the floors and walls. Doesn't look like tiled based. What is the workflow ...
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How should I store & read level map?

Ok, so I am trying to create a level map, but I don't know how I should store it. Should I use an array for every level? I feel like that wouldn't be very efficient though. I'm not sure what I should ...
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Load the prefab in the array by name in Unity

I'm using this line of code to select my level, and currently I have different scenes for each levels. I want to be able to reuse the same scene to change levels as well but I don't know how, here's ...
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Should I Have a Ridiculously Easy First Level? [closed]

I am making a game based on a grid and filling in certain squares with certain colors according to some rules. It is level-based, and the difficulty of a level is determined by the size of the grid ...
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Creating a 2D sidescroller with different behavior in each level

I'm creating a game with levels built from tilemaps in LibGDX. I've created the logic for the game that adds entities based on object layers, however, many levels have different behaviors. Do I need ...
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What to do with empty space?

On the game I am developing, I have a very small amount of left-over space on each level screen (but on no other screens.) It is a little less than 5 millimeters (~1/5in) on the left side and bottom. ...
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Level data for Mario or similar platform game [closed]

It has become a widespread to implement a Mario-clone to practise writing platform games or in order to demonstrate how a game engine works. For that reason I expected it to be easy to find level ...
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Drawing a level in SFML (C++)

So in an attempt to move out of the console environment I have set up an SFML poject in Visual Studio. I am currently trying to draw a stage from a vector within a vector (Matrix?), and the results ...
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Generate levels in real-time with the Procedural CityEngine

Has anyone used the Procedural CityEngine to generate levels in real-time? It seems to get used in production or pre-production due to its sizable overhead, but has anyone tweaked it to run in real-...
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Level/Asset design for performance Unity

I am a big fan of modular assets. Currently I am designing a 3d game for mobile and I don't know how I should create my levels to get the most out of the device. Should I... create lots of "small" (...
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Managing data for large number of levels in Unity?

I am making a Unity game vaguely in the vein of Candy Crush Saga for a client and am moving in circles trying to decide how to manage the data for all of their levels. In brief, they want to divide ...
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Old Age: Decreasing stats/attributes as characters level up

I just had an off the cuff idea of decreasing stats (strength/speed/stamina) as players level up. After all, higher level characters should have higher level of challenge! (And it's not hard to ...
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Ideas for refactoring regarding simple state management in entities and level

I'm actually developing a very simple 3D game, Arkanoid/Breakout style, with very simple mechanics, and it's progressing while I learn the game dev domain own concepts and techniques (My background is ...
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Levels Map terminology

I wonder if this thing exists and how is it called? What I mean is not "level editor", but a kind of cover map, where you select, which level you want to play and your character symbol moves to the ...
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Should I tell the player they have no chance of completing the level?

Suppose a player has reached a point where they have absolutely no chance of completing the current level, and must restart it and try again. Should I notify them that they will gain nothing by ...
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Chunking/caching large levels in a singleplayer game

Does it make sense to try to offload a large nonlinear level into file-based chunks, and load those on demand? We've implemented level chunking to improve rendering performance, but still all level ...
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How to implement level transitioning for 2D Platformer (tile-based)

I'm making a 2D tile-based platformer in C++/SDL and I want the player to move to the next level when they run off the side of the level, but I'm not sure how to implement this. I have tried putting ...
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Algo for Minimum no of solving in a level like Bubble Blast2

Is their any way to make a algo to know minimum no of way to solve in Bubble Blast 2. I am trying to make a clone of it. My real problem is only to determine the minimum no of tap to finish the game. ...
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How do audio based games such as Audiosurf and Beat Hazard work?

Note: I am not asking how to make a clone of one of these. I am asking about how they work. I'm sure everyone's seen the games where you use your own music files (or provided ones) and the games ...
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Developing game progress screen [duplicate]

I'm developing an application for iPhone with a screen where the user will track his progress. Something like so, as seen in the Two Dots game: Currently I plan on creating this using constraints and ...
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Easiest way to make a 3D overworld [closed]

Using something like Blender, would it be easier and more time and space efficient to create 'tiles', and use some kind of software like Tiled to use these tiles in the various maps, or would it be ...
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Game numbers and meaning

Each game has it's own "maximum number". One question that comes into mind every time I play a(nother) game is how are these maximums determined and how do these affect gameplay? To explain, here's ...
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Component-Entity Systems Code Generation [closed]

I'm really enjoying component entity approach (I'm currently using ASH haxe, but particular language/framework doesn't really matter). However the problem is - there're way too many elementary ...
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Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that I can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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Still award achievements/badges on failing level?

I've got a simulation game where the player works through a series of missions/levels. The player also earns in-level badges as he works through. But, if the player fails a mission (and has to ...
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How to properly generate walls simulating perspective around stone in a cave-like level made of squares?

Long story short. My levels tiles currently look like this: And i want them to look like this: My levels are designed as 400x400 squares of proceduraly generated 0's and 1's, 0 representing dirt(...