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Offline Mads

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« Posted 2011-06-17 11:56:46 »

In theory, how do I handle a landscape that is curved, in my sidescrollers? Or if I have spikes or the like?
Usually I do something with boxes, and they're easy to check.. So, how are curved landscapes stored, drawn, and collision checked/handled?  Cranky

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2011-06-17 15:38:01 »

One possible attempt would probably make your program draw a bunch of small lines for it. Then just do a simple slope intercept or point slope calculation.


How is your level drawn? or the map data itself saved?  Is it 1 big bitmap(image) or is it tiled?


However, depending upon how big the level itself,  you could just check against every point/pixel, below your character. You don't have to compare it against the whole level, just directly below your current yPos


edit: I have also seen that on games with curved surfaces and irregular terrain, there is typically a separate file/data/image that it used in collision detection. So that if you have your main map have a hill with grass and other debris on it, you have a secondary one with a clean round hill.

edit 2:
Although its a bit complicated/advanced at first.
http://www.metanetsoftware.com/technique/tutorialA.html
Has a great bit of fast collision detection in non traditional "square maps/objects" while still using a tile based map system.




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