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Mathematics and Physics for Programmers, Second Edition by Danny Kodicek, John Patrick Flynt

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Chapter 23. Tile-Based Games

Overview

One of the most common genres of games is the platform game. In a platform game, a character must negotiate around a world made up of greater and lesser obstacles, usually placed on several levels, to reach an ultimate goal. This genre encompasses 2-D games, such as Super Mario World, and less obvious 3-D adventures, such as Tomb Raider, Sonic, and the Sim series. In their initial versions, all of these games were based on the same basic design. If you visit a site like Kongregate.com, you can see that this tradition is still very much alive in online games. Thousands of games built with Flash populate the site, ...

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