Whenever I start a new project, my first thought when seeing the world map tiles is “Nah, I won’t need that here”... if I want a world map, I’d probably parallax it to have it really fit the world I have in mind. But on the other hand, it’s a shame to just neglect these neat tiles, even if you don’t plan on having an actual world map. So let’s have a look at 6 ways to (mis)use these tiles!
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We all love getting items while playing games, but some of them really only have one use. Wouldn’t it be fun to include some items that work one way in battles and do something else when exploring a map? So today let’s take a look at how to create a bomb that damages enemies in battles and can also open up holes in map walls.
Have you ever wanted to show a balloon icon in a move route to draw your players’ eyes to an event? How about creating a creepy flickering effect for a ghost in a horror game? Or maybe you wanted an event to become visible only if the player is nearby? Today let’s take a look at some more script calls we can use in move routes that will make all that possible.
Visible enemy encounters can make planning when to battle a lot easier, but that’s not their only upside. Since visible enemies are events we can add all sorts of extra commands that can affect battles! So let’s learn how to make a preemptive strike QTE that can add states to our enemies.
Having NPCs wandering around a map can bring a lot of life to the scene, but sometimes it feels like the only options are to have them walk a simple planned route or move randomly. That’s not the case though! With some script calls and out-of-the-box thinking, we can add new moves into our NPC events.
RPGs have a lot of stats that make battles more interesting: Attack lets us hit enemies harder, Defense keeps our heroes from fainting after one hit, and Agility speeds the battle up. But what about the often-ignored stat, Luck? Let’s take some time to find a few ways to use Luck, both in and out of battles.
Cliffs are something that can make a huge difference on your maps. I don’t know where you live, but if I look out of my window the landscape is far from being flat and so there are probably parts of your game’s world that could benefit from some height differences for the ground - being it some hills or high mountains.
Sometimes, we are looking for resources for our games and then we find the perfect things… but they were made for VX or Ace. A lot of people give up at that point or try to just use an algorithm to upscale said tiles. Both are not really the go to solutions - either you end up without the tiles or you end up with stuff that is somewhat blurry.
We’ve all run into locked doors in dungeons before. Sometimes we just need to defeat an enemy or find a key to open the door, but there’s another option that makes the player think a bit more: solving a puzzle. Puzzles can be a nice break from battles for our players, so let’s learn how to make two types of puzzles that could be used to unlock a dungeon door.