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Fred,

Tile-based is like "Legend of Zelda" or graphical "nethack" They are basically 2D or 2.5D games where the background is like the ground and repeats with the same image.

You could set up a map in a 2 dimensional array with different numbers representing wall tiles, floor tiles, etc.

It allows you to use the same images over and over again to build the maps. The character can then traverse from tile to tile to move around.

Lloyd,

Developing Games in Java is a good book, but not much on the types of games you've mentioned. Beginning Java Game Programming is okay, the Headfirst Java book is great, but that's more Java than game programming, Killer Game Programming in Java is really good too. I think you might want a combination of the books though.

You might want to think outside tiles though. The reason I say that is because you can paint yourself a decent sized background image or a few of them and have them drawn on the screen, pieced together and it would probably look a bit nicer than smaller repeated tiles. It's the same thing but with larger tiles. Basically all you are doing in a tile game is drawing each tile to the screen or window first, since it's the background, then drawing the characters and enemies afterward.

Good Luck!

Brad
13 years ago
Naresh,

You will need to have a web server with the website on it. You can do this through hosting services or through your own personal server. There are many hosting services, some free and some you pay for. But remember, you will get what you pay for if you choose to go free, there may not be support for the functions you need.

If you do a search for "web hosting" you will find a lot of links. My best suggestion is to check out as many as you can for the cost and then call them or use their contact emails to get more information from the hosts themselves. Yahoo web hosting has always been good to me and I use them to manage my domains because they have given me excellent support in the past. Other people have their own ideas about different hosts depending on their experiences. For web hosts with better service or more bandwidth there will probably be a monthly charge.

On another note, I'm not sure if J2EE is what your cousin should be looking for, it sounds like he or she probably needs a web developer or designer to create a site of which the application would only be a small part.

Thanks,

Brad
13 years ago
De,

What operating system are you installing onto. That is probably the first and most important question.

For JDK 6 with Java EE you probably want this link http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp and then "JDK 6 Update 12 with Java EE". From there you can select your platform and language.

For Tomcat 6 You'll want this link http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi and probably one of the binary distributions. I believe both Windows and Linux are included in the same zipped files, i.e. Linux uses shell script and Windows uses .bat files in order to start tomcat.

For installing you can read the documentation from each site, but for linux I like to use http://www.howtoforge.com . They really have a great community and plenty of installation walk-throughs.

good luck!

Brad
13 years ago
I tried it, but the instructions aren't very clear. It seems like all I can do is click on a guy to attack, and each of my characters dies long before the monsters.

perhaps you could give us some insight into the game, some areas of code you are particularly proud of, or that may have been a bit of a bear to overcome. As it is, I don't really understand the game or how to play, so that is a detriment to being able to enjoy it or help you improve it.
14 years ago