A standalone demo. Hexagonal tile server. Player character. No collisions. WASD controls.
Screenshot: (Master branch)
trying a new terrain layout design with connected hexagonal cells and ramps
Alternative Screenshot: (detached-hextiles branch)
checkout the detached-hextiles for the original implementation
You will need to pre-install the three.js library (r60 or better) and symlink it into the
public folder so that the demo can find the files that it needs (see index.html).
- this is a single-player demo
- developer preview: it's a place for me to play with new ideas
Use WASD or cursor keys to move around
Collisions are not implemented.. you can run on the water
- Best performance on Chrome (solid 60FPS)
- Firefox peformance is poor (only ~20FPS)
- Safari is un-tested
- May or may not work on iPads (i haven't tried it)
- Probably won't work on other mobile devices (requires a WebGL renderer)
- just use Chrome/Chromium
- get node.js
npm install hextiles-prototype
npm install to download dependency modules, you only need to do this once
npm start to start the server running
http://localhost:8000 in your browser to start the demo
What is good about this demo..
- the tile generation code uses simplex-noise, and a single blur pass, which is fast and produces varied and tileable heightmaps
- the tile data is streamed as a buffer onto the client
- three.js is a great 3D scene rendering library
- all hextile geometries are VBO (Vertex Buffer Objects), they run directly on the GPU
- the lighting looks great (its Phong shaded, but without the specular highlights)
- camera follows the player (also camera position is smoothed as player turns)
- the 4 major compass points assist/force the player into alignment when they are within 5 degrees either side of N, S, W or E. (it came to me at the end of a 20-hour hacking session, only took a few minutes to implement & i didn't plan it at all, just coded it, ran a test and it worked really well)
- and finally, this may inspire others to create something fun.. come on! :)
What could be improved..
- the terrain could be "smoothed out" or made more interesting by adding vertex-shader and fragment-shader code. (the hexagonal grid is really just the skeletal component of the landscape, it can be enhanced and look much more realistic with some development)
- code could be a lot cleaner, ~550 LoC in the client.js file (this could probably be reduced to <300 LoC with some re-factoring)
- sound/audio, there isn't any!
MIT License included where applicable.