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May I suggest browsing through some of the older threads on this site - there has been plenty of discussions about Iso vs. square tiles.

MHO is that square tiles combined with various overlays offer the best performance/appearance tradeoff.

/Niels

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here are some of the tradeoffs between rectangular tiled iso engines (starcraft) and rhomboid iso engines (Civ, SC, AoE)

Rectangular:
You have fewer blits to do
You have to have more tiles to do the same job
different heights require more work

Rhomboid:
you have more blits (twice as many as rectangular)
you need fewer tiles to do the same job
different heights dont require as much work

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Which has a more appealing UI, Simcity or Starcraft?

(If you say SimCity, we just generally disagree on what looks good and what doesn't - and since taste can be an everlasting debate, I'll let it rest)

/Niels

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In my opinion, it's just the look. Programming comes second.
If programming came first, you probably would have picked square tiles.

Just decide if the look or the programming is more important.

Reaver

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Starcraft is square? Looks like regulars isometrics with an overlay of a square map for use to draw ojbects on the map and places buildings during the game, but the landscape is isometric. It's a nice way of doing it.

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I'm deciding on whether i should make an isometric tile engine or a square tile engine for a game i'm making. I was playing around with the StarCraft editor and i noticed that although it's a isometric game, it had square tiles.

I'm wondering what advantages a square tile isometric engine has over the other types, and if it would be worth it to make a square tile isometric engine.

any links that would give a lot of info would be appreciated

someone

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