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Here is another set of free game tiles for a 2D Zelda-like RPG that I discovered lurking on my hard drive. These were created for a prototype title so there are only a few sets completed. These would make a great start if you are in need of basic graphics for your next great game.


Wilderness Tile Set

Interior Tile Set

Village Tile Set

For the time, these were rather high tech.

  • The shadow tiles had a total of three levels of transparency built in so that you could get a deliciously extravagant soft shadow. The plan was to have some sweet assembly code that shifted our 8-bit palette by different amounts for each indexed shadow color. Soft shadows weren’t even a buzz word at that point.
  • You could have objects on top of other objects. Instead of drawing a table tile with a candle drawn into it, the candle could be a separate object layered on top of the table.
  • They were drawn in Painter 2.0 using a pressure sensitive tablet. They were my first graphics drawn in Painter. I never went back to Deluxe Paint again. 🙂

All of this is of course trivial these days. If you’ve got a 24-bit 2D graphics engine, life is grand. I still get warm fuzzy feelings thinking about our mad plans though.

You’ll need to chop these up into the various pieces and then knock out the transparent color. It is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, but it follows the same basic pattern of my other tiles sets. You can use the test pictures posted on this page to see if you are fitting everything together correctly.

I’d imagine that if you are making a 2D game with any sort of wilderness or villages, these would be an ideal starting place and are a lot less painful than tracking down a competent artist. As always, these tiles are free to be used in whatever projects you desire. (I need to get a copyleft license available at some point.) If you do use the graphics, drop me a note. I love hearing about projects.

Download the files here (1.89MB)

Enjoy!
Danc.

86 Comments

  1. parish says

    These are really nice. It\’s a shame they never saw the light of day in a game.

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  2. I will post these in a gaming forum. Hopefully someday they will be part of a game. Thanks again 🙂 As for licenses, I believe the BSD, from a programming point of view, or a Creative Commons, from an artistic point of view, could fit them nicely.

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  3. Oh I oughta poke you good, dangnabyou!! Shrugging it off as though it\’s nothing, when them be GORGEOUS graphics, and the folk like myself with little skill in programming and art, reduced to software such as RPG Maker gawdle in the brilliance of REAL PRETTINESS!Gah!I\’d love to use the graphics, but as my tale takes place mostly in the desert, I\’d have to use default RPG Maker graphics and they\’re just too great a contrast.But yeah. Really gorgeous graphics. Bravo.

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  4. I remember when you put these together. If only you could communicate the ubercoolness of the Circle then this would\’ve been used. Sigh… Sadly no one really understood it… including me. 🙂 Beautiful tiles, though. You\’ve done so much beautiful game art that never saw the light of day… I don\’t know how you keep from becoming jaded and bitter in your old age. :)…oh wait… –Ray

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  5. Now more than ever I hope 2D gaming makes a comeback. It looks like you\’d have a lot of ability to contribute to a good old-school 2D project. :)Very beautiful art. Take some pride in what you\’ve done!

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  6. Damn. Those are some damn nice tiles. Those would look killer on my DS Lite\’s shiny, bright new screen. Love the face on the village fence.

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  7. Anonymous says

    Danc, it has been years since I\’ve seen these but I have not seen anything like them before or since. Being utterly sincere, I greatly regret that we couldn\’t make this sucker in 2d or 3d, and the stuff you did was truly art. I mean ART. A joy to look at. These suckers are my new wallpaper.-Alex

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  8. Absolutekly fantastic! Talk about breaking up the grid.I am doing a game project currently, in what little free time I can manage, and have a few questions about how you go about creating your chipsets. If you have time, please feel free to contact me via my Blog at http://mysecretbloog.blogspot.com/Cheers!

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  9. GSfanatic says

    These are really nice. I would like to use it on another game engine than these, I want to use it in Game Maker for an original game. I belong to a team which I am the founder called Ultimate Factory© we make high quality games. We would like to add you to our credits page as graphics designer, in return we will give you an exclusive demo of our secret project in exchange of your approval. Please send an e-mail to gsfanatic@gmail.com or give us your account so that we can contact you. Thanks!.Ultimate Factory©

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  10. Anonymous says

    Just a note from a lurker to say I LOVE these and have nabbed in the hope they\’ll make it into a possible 2D game, of which you\’ll receive news should it happen :)/ic

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  11. Hey Danc, this tileset is stunning! I am hoping to use it in a project I am attempting. I hope I can do justice to your amazing art with the game! :)CheersArjun

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  12. Such great graphics! I often tend to starting new sparetime projects but don\’t go far quite often, in 99% of the cases because of the lack of graphics. As a coder, it isn\’t quite motivating to look at my solid-colored dummy-graphics containing numbers for me to identify them. :)If you have more tilesets (or other graphics, like animations) lying around unused on your harddrive, I\’d always be grateful for those! 🙂 n-fect[AT]gmx[DOT]deCheers mate!Luke

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  13. Im with the poster above, absolutely beautiful tileset! Any game I could make with them would not do them justice. But any other tilesets laying around, Id be more than happy to grab.. =)

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  14. These look amazing but being a complete noob, could anyone send me some more detailed instructions on how to make use of these? Like what is the actual tile size and whats the best way to slice these up?

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  15. Anonymous says

    coder says your artwork is good but i guess you lack teamwork… we are a demo group in turkey join us and work with us. if you are interested email me. burako@ttnet.net.tr

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  16. Anonymous says

    These are awesome… How did you make them? I don\’t suppose you have a tutorial anywhere that covers how to create tiles in this style?

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  17. Anonymous says

    Wonderful graphics. As a software developer, I\’m not much of an artist. I\’m trying to use this in a small Flash RPG I\’m writing for an ActionScript class I\’m taking. Would love a bit more details on how to use these. For example, the images used for TEST7B seems to be missing the very top left stones with the leaves that connect to the rocks…

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  18. Greetings Danc!These are beautiful graphics you have here. They have actually been used in my open source MMORPG engine vbGORE for a few months, but I haven\’t posted this until now. 😉 I\’m from Kirkland, WA myself – talk about sharing with your neighbors! 🙂 Anyways, I would love if you checked the screenshots out (http://www.vbgore.com)! As a programmer, I love seeing people use my work, so as a (great!) graphic artist releasing his work, I\’m sure you\’re the same way. ;)-Spodi

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  19. Hi Danc,Thanks for putting these out here. FYI I used a few of your rocks/trees from this tileset on a project I\’m currently working on. I\’m considering converting some of your walls/cliffs in this set or maybe a few of the new SpaceCute blocks into tiles for my game, but it\’ll be a bit difficult as my game tiles are hexagons and the isometry is a bit different :P. If/When I get ambitious and do, I\’ll let you know.http://umbrare.com/

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  20. no doubt some of the best looking rpg tiles i\’ve seen up to date, and trust me, i played em all 😛 as a previous poster said, its a damn shame these never made it into an actual game.. however, one can only hope that they do, now that you released them to the general public :)love your art in general, really good work..

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  21. Good Goodi liked it very much, i\’m editing the images to put in my game, my game name is Reino das Almas (in portuguese) Soul Kingdom (in english) and i\’m going to use all the tilesthanks

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  22. Anonymous says

    oh my these are so beautiful. I probably won\’t be using them due to technical considerations but my god they are beautiful. I would have trouble not buying a game that used these, and I buy one game a year and don\’t give a damn about art.

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  23. Hi! I am making a mmorpg for me and my friends(I\’m only 11, hut I have some of the skilss). These graphics are brilliant! Thanks!At the moment the site is here.When it is done expect to see those pics in it!

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  24. Anonymous says

    I\’m making a game and I\’ve just downloaded the tiles to use.Visit my websitewww.paleontex.net.tf

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  25. Toxsik Killa (Runescape lol) says

    umm i was kinda googling some tiles for a game im producing with my mates but its kinda got …tanks and explosions and stuffcan sumwon Pl0x give me some kind of link to summing like this rofl!

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  26. Anonymous says

    hey, hope you dont mind when i use these graphics for a new tile game in flash… i\’ll keep you updated.filip . sound[ @ ]gmail . com

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  27. Absolutely phenomenal!I have not seen a tileset as smooth and detailed as this before, and I have been searching for over a year now.May I ask you whether I may use them on my game. I have great difficulty keeping up with my deadlines, and this would be one heck of a difference!:)Also, you say you used a tablet.I have a Wacom Graphire 4, and I am reasonably adequate with it.Do you draw those tiles at a higher resolution, and scale them down?I would very much like to learn the technique, because if I do use them, any additional works by me will pale in comparison to your creation!:)

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  28. I decided to import these graphics into Scrolling Game Development Kit 2 to create a re-usable tileset from them. (My brother beat me to it actually. http://gamedev.comdel.net/index.php?topic=1079.msg5495#msg5495)Can we distribute/use this tileset if we put the proper copyright/credit on it? (If so, what is the name that should go in the credits?) SGDK2 supports automatic merging of credits from imported graphic sets. I\’m looking at some of your other graphics, and may be interested in doing the same for others too. My brother and I were big fans of Tyrian and it looks like you had something to do with that too… and you have some unused graphics that appear to be in a similar style?

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  29. Hey, I just want to let you know that you are really good at making tiles. I wish you would make some characters, monsters, more buildings, snow, desert. I would pay you money 🙂

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  30. James says

    Every couple of months, I start thinking about writing a 2D game by myself as an at-home hobby project, then I decide I don\’t have enough free time. I think that\’s probably the correct decision to make, but it gets harder every time you post awesome content like this.I need to free up some of my life…

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  31. Anonymous says

    Hi Danc,Thank you very much for this free graphics. I love it, really really love it.I wonder if you have more? If they\’re not for free then I can purchase.I\’m looking forward to hear from you.–Long

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  32. Ryan Kempt says

    I am intending on using these for a 2D MMORPG I\’m writing from scratch in Java. If you have any problems with this please contact me at ryan_kempt@fastcomputers.ca.Likewise with the preceeding comment from Long, if you have similar artwork done that could be used (ie; sprites or animated spells or strikes), I would be willing to purchase them if they are not free.

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  33. Thanks a lot, they look amazing!I see you also worked on Tyrian as well which makes you doubly great!

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  34. I\’ve converted the forest set to 16×16, I hope we can use this in the Sphere community Game. Beautiful graphics!

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  35. jolle_haknas@hotmail.com says

    Amazing! I will use them for a gymnasium school project. I wonder if you have more of other enviroments, e.g water, desert, castles and temples. I am developing an action RPG game, in the style of Zelda – A link to the past, crossed with some elements from Final Fantasy IV, V and VI. It\’s gonna include a complex storyline, custom-made musical scores made just for the game and well-developed characters. It\’s being developed using C++, using SDL for graphics and input, for use mainly on Win32 but also in the future on Linux and Unix. If you\’re intrested in making more sprites for this game, I would like to hear from you 🙂 I can\’t pay anything since we don\’t got any budget (which really is a challenge), though. Thanks again for these awesome sprites! 😀

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  36. I\’m nearly finished a game called \”Loot\” that incorporates some graphics from this set.I\’ve also set up a \”Liner Notes\” page that can be accessed from the game\’s credits screen. If you\’d like to be credited differently or if you just want to leave a comment about the game, please do so on this page.Thanks for the great graphics. You are as generous as you are talented (ie. a lot!)

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  37. Very nice work man!I have a great RPG enginethat would love to use these tiles.I still have respect for 2d gaming, even though I\’m in the realm of 3d design now. Thanks a million, these tiles will see the light of day, preferably as an online game.Not an MMORPG at first though, but there is always a possibility. You used to work for Epic? Your not the guy who made Jungle Jill are you? Hehe.

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  38. Hi Danc,We\’re using these graphics for an upcoming casual game we\’re using at Twintale Entertainment – http://www.twintale.com. The graphics will be used in a small mine-puzzle we have in the game. Will be sure to add you to the credits. Let me know if there are any problems with this at mma@twintale.com.- Martin

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  39. Hi Danc,we are adding some of these graphics to the default sprite sheets for use with our browser games engines.I also put two small sample conversions online, so other people can use them as well where-ever they like, but I am waiting with adding more to make sure you don\’t have objections and the credits given and required of users are in the right format and to your satisfaction.http://www.gamemakerworld.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=14We are also making a lot of our own free generic game content, that could help people do their projects without too much expenses for art – if you are interested in any of it (for example rendered avatars), we are happy to copyleft them to lostgarden :)Greets, Benmetaferax .AT. googlemail .DOT. com

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  40. These graphix are amazing – thank you so much for this. A friend of mine and I were hoping to use some of these to create the base-map for a MMORT (massively multilayer online real-time) project that we\’re in the process of creating, although it doesn\’t have a set name yet. It will end up being a bit like Travian or Tribal Wars, for example. Of course you would be put into the credits, and we can send you the link and everything once it comes a long a bit farther. Again, thanks so much! We really appreciate it!–Augwich

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