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Game map edition using Tiled

Tiled logo

Tiled is general purpose game map editor, with support of several map formats (XML, JSON), multi plataform and runs installed or from browser, supports plugins to read and write others map formats and all free (under GPL license).

map editor tiles tileset game deveopment


You can lauch Tiled via Java Web Start or download it’s lastest version zip file. After download it just unzip it and run:

java -jar tiled.jar

Make sure you have at least Java 1.5 installed and configured.

Creating a empty map

After lauching it, open the menu FileNew and create a new 10×10 orthogonal map with 32×32 tiles.

Tiled: New Map

Like this one

tiled 10x10 map

Creating a tileset

Now we need to add a tileset to start drawing a map. Let’s use this one

batalhao tileset cc by sa

Save the tileset image above.  Open the menu TilesetsNew Tileset select Reference tileset image and browser to find the tileset image you saved. Keep tile width and height as 32 and tile spacing and margin as 0.

tiled new tileset

Notice a new tab on the Tile palette section.

tiled tileset

Working with layers

Select the first grass tile from the tileset and select the  fill tool (bucket icon) to create a grass field. Use the paint tool (pencil icon) to add some stones and trees at random locations on grass. On the Layers section double click at Layer Name and put a name like “field”.

tiled field

Now let’s create another layer to put the buildings and streets. We can do that by opening the menu LayerAdd Layer or just clicking the new icon on layer’s section. Let’s call it “city”.

Now build your city by selecting tiles on the palette and using the paint tool. There’s tiles for horizontal and vertical street and all kinds of intersection. For the building you can click and drag in the palette to select multiple tiles at once.

tiled city


You can save the map as tmx (XML Tiled map file) , JSON, LUA, wlk, map (Mappy) or export it as a image. There’s some options accessible on the EditPreferences menu like use base-64  gziped encoding.

Thanks to Adam Turk and Bjørn Lindeijer for developing that great project.

In a next post I want to show how to integrate this with a Java/JavaFX game.

JavaFX, easy use of tiles

Continuing my little JavaFX framework for game development, right now focused on use those tiles I’m drawing and posting here in my blog. This framework will be a group of classes for simplify and hide some complexities of common game development. Right now I wrote just a few of them.


We create a tileset from the files.png file that way

var tileset = Tileset {
    cols: 15 rows: 10 height: 32 width: 32
    image: Image {
        url: "{__DIR__}tiles.png"


Tileset are orthogonal, distributed into a grid of cols columns and rows rows. Each tile have dimensions height x width.

A Tileset is used into a Tilemap

var bg = Tilemap {
    set:tileset cols:5 rows:5
    map: [8,8,8,8,8,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3]

That shows

bg tilemap

Each number in the map represents a tile in the tilemap. Number 0 means the first tile at the upper left corner, numbers keep growing from left to right columns, from top to bottom rows.

Another example

var things = Tilemap {
    set:tileset cols:5 rows:5
    map: [80,55,56,145,145,96,71,72,61,62,0,0,0,77,78,122,0,0,93,94,138,0,0,0,0]

things tileset

A tilemap can also contains more than one layer

var room = Tilemap {
    set:tileset cols:5 rows:5 layers:2
    map: [



The Tileset class basically stores a Image and a collection of Rectangle2D objects, for be used as viewports in ImageView classes.

import javafx.scene.image.ImageView;
import javafx.scene.image.Image;
import javafx.geometry.Rectangle2D;
public class Tileset {
    public-init var      image: Image;
    public-init var      width: Integer = 32;
    public-init var     height: Integer = 32;
    public-init var       rows: Integer = 10;
    public-init var       cols: Integer = 15;
    protected   var       tile: Rectangle2D[];
    init {
        tile =  for (row in [0..rows]) {
            for (col in [0..cols]) {
                    minX: col * width, minY: row * height
                    height: width, width: height

The Tilemap is a CustomNode with a Group of ImageViews in a grid. The grid is mounted by iterating over the map as many layers was defined.

public class Tilemap extends CustomNode {
    public-init var   rows: Integer = 10;
    public-init var   cols: Integer = 10;
    public-init var    set: Tileset;
    public-init var layers: Integer = 1;
    public-init var    map: Integer[];
    public override function create(): Node {
        var tilesperlayer = rows * cols;
        return Group {
                for (layer in [0..layers]) {
                    for (row in [0..rows-1]) {
                        for (col in [0..cols-1]) {
                            ImageView {
                                image: set.image x: col * set.width y: row * set.height
                                viewport: set.tile[map[tilesperlayer*layer + row*rows+col]]

Next steps

  • Integrate to a map editor
  • Support some XML map format
  • Sprite classes for animation
  • Integrate those collision detection classes I posted before


My Free Tileset, version 6

More free tiles for game developers. Now in a fantasy, medieval style.

tileset palace snes rpg style

Some detailed view. The royal throne (king was not in the room), carpet and banners.

tileset palace detail view 1

I had to place guards across the room. You know, being a king is dangerous.

tileset palace detail view 2

There’s this new kind of wall, with bricks. There’s a passage for the king bedroom.

tileset palace detail view 3

Here’s the new version of the tile set.

free tileset version 6