Creating a town from scratch can be tough if you don’t want every house to look alike. So why not use some pre-built buildings to help make your important houses stand out? CWStudio has made some great buildings, as well as some other excellent MV edits, so let’s take a look at some of their work!
CWStudio’s (known as Whitewitchworks on the forum) resource thread, Crescent Wing Studio presents MV Tiles, contains quite a few awesome things like MV sprite recolors and a few generator parts, but for this spotlight we’ll be focusing on their tiles. And why not start with some of the most detailed tile pieces, the buildings! CWStudio set up a few tilesets to make adding the buildings to your maps as simple as adding those sheets to your game. The building options are great additions to fantasy games, with houses topped with thatch roofs or rough shingles. Climbing vines and colorful potted plants add some extra splashes of life to buildings, and details like fishing nets can turn a plain stone building into a gruff fisherman’s house.
Once your town’s buildings are placed, it’s time to add in some trees and plants. And luckily, trees and plants are another thing you can find in CWStudio’s thread! Larger trees and twisting rose vines can turn a normal park into a beautiful garden, and walking under vine-covered trellises and hanging wisteria flowers can make even following a path enjoyable.
For those areas in your game that are wilder, how about using some clumped tiles to make it look even more untamed? CWStudio mixed together multiple plants along with stumps and stones to create some awesome bunches to make spots look overgrown, perfect for forests and places that were abandoned by humans years ago.
Even if you’re happy with your current outdoor maps, chances are you could use some extra tiles to spice up your noble homes or royal palaces. Recolors of the shelves and cupboards give darker wood options for fancy houses, and large canopy beds come with multiple color options to match the room’s curtains and cushions. There’s also a collection of paintings to decorate your castle walls and show off its owner’s wealth.
CWStudio has also made edits to more modern tiles, like couches and sleek windows. Cracked versions of the windows along with food rotting in baskets and clothes meant to be dropped on the floor offer ways to make a house look abandoned (or use them to show just how messy a character is!).
If your game’s towns need some beautiful buildings, extra interior pieces or you just want some new bigger trees, make sure to check out Crescent Wing Studio’s MV resource thread.
If you spend some time on our boards, you will sooner or later come across the mysterious term parallax mapping and find out, that some people might swear, that parallax mapping is the one true way for a good looking game. While you shouldn't blindly follow advice like that, today we are going to look at parallax mapping.