Simple and helpfull game dev apps you've never heard of

It seems like people in general aren’t very fond of grid based level design but I’m crazy about it for a number of reasons that I wont get into right now. If your going to lay out tiles it helps to have an editor rather then needing to place them manually in a text based environment. That’s where mappy comes in. Its a great free and open source (it was made for windows but apparently already compiles fine in Linux) tile map editor. Its not exactly fancy but its totally functional. Its what I used to make the level used in the zombie game and I’m happy with how it worked out.

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

GLUEit does one simple task but it does it well if and you should need that task accomplished its a massive time saver. It merges a series of images together into one larger image depicting the sequence. Definitely beats stitching images together one by one in photoshop. It thankfully even works with PNG files and wont mess up there transparency.

http://sysimage.250free.com/

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One Response to Simple and helpfull game dev apps you've never heard of

  1. Michiel says:

    Thanks for that last link! That could save quite some memory and time.

    As for the mapping, doing a JBox2D game, I am totally in love with Inkscape for this. You would need to write a parser but it really pays off.

    An example level of mine is here:
    http://blissfulthinking.nl/gamezero/resources/levels/levelzero.svg

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