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Well, the grapple hook idea has failed miserably. As soon as I put a chase camera in place and started trying it out, it turned out to be unplayable. Can't see where you are firing it, can't figure out where the hell you are once you start swinging around, total fail.

Oh well, never mind. I've just removed the hook and left the game as is, so I can try to think up another gimmick of some kind for a third person platformer and see how we go.

Been working on a chase camera since then, using this excellent reference:


Turns out projecting rays from the player to the corners of the near plane of the view frustrum is an excellent way to keep the player in view while stopping the camera from peeking through walls at extreme angles. Its a start, not quite playable yet, need to look at moving the camera more smoothly when it has to change position, but its getting there.
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Doesn't mean you'll have to drop the grapple completely. Would really be a pity with that a lot of work you put into. First person camera - or assuming outdoor levels - a top down view maybe ? I actually thought you were going for some Squishy-gameplay anyway :wink:


Or imagine the grapple not attached to the player but something else. Could give rise to some interesting puzzles (take a look at [url="http://www.cuttherope.net/"]Cut the Rope[/url] for inspiration).


Happy new year!

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Thanks unbird, happy new year to you too. I've actually decided to go back to the wrappy grapple but constrain movement to a 2D plane again like the last prototype but hand roll the physics rather than use Box2D. The grapple works really well in a 2D context and I need a really strong central gimmick. Cheers for the comment. Journal land seems quiet these days.

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