NOME is a 2.5D survival rogue-lite adventure game. You play as NOME, a curious salvager who journeys to distant planets to discover new elements, treasures and sometimes more than you bargain for.
We are currently in development, you can see all our progress in our blog and social media pages
The words "2D" and "3D" are often used to describe games, and although most people have a shared understanding of what is meant by those words, they're actually pretty meaningless:
There's also often other assumptions based on these types of games: "2D" games are often associated with hand-drawn, stylised pixel art or cartoon effects. In contrast, "3D" games typically strive for more realistic graphics - using techniques such as global illumination, realtime shadows and physically-based rendering.
In Nome, we're crossing these boundaries somewhat; we're making a 2D game (in that both the camera and the player are constrained to moving only in the horizontal and vertical axes, and the graphic assets are sprites, not meshes), but we're employing many graphical techniques typically used in 3D games such as normal mapped lighting, realtime dynamic shadows and reflections, fog, and physically-based shading.
We're certainly not the first or only people to introduce these methods to 2D games (see, for example, Legend of Dungeon and In the Shadows), but it's certainly not widespread nor well-documented, which means that there's not a wealth of information out there when trying to figure out how to overcome barriers along the way! Over the coming months I'll be describing a bit more about our approach in more detail but, in the meantime, here's a few screenshots showing some of our current processes in-game:
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