DAME editor


Intuitive Tilemap Editing

- Tile Matrix for customisable autotiling.
- Copy/paste.
- Drawing on tiles. See the map update in realtime.


Isometric and Stacked Tilemaps

- Supports many types of isometric maps.
- Stacked tilemaps to place tiles 'above' others.
- All DAME features supported in iso mode.


Sprites, paths, shapes and text.

- Spritesheet support.
- System, custom and bitmap fonts.


Advanced sprite features

- Sprite trails.
- Path attachment.


Custom Lua Exporters

- Write your own exporters using Lua.
- Handy functions to access the DAME internals.


DAME is the Deadly Alien Map Editor.

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It is a 100% freemulti-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux) 2D map editor for indie game developers.Click on the badge to the left to install it now.or see below for Windows .exe

News: Sep 11 – Version 2.1.0 released

Now with added wiki!


It features:

  1. Tilemap editing.
  2. Tile matrix to make it easy to place blocks of tiles using autotiling algorithm.
    • Now with ability to place custom tile connections allowing for even more possibilites!
  3. Drawing on tiles and sprites directly within the editor.
  4. Create tile brushes.
  5. Reload tile map images while in the editor.
  6. Sprites (animated and from sprite sheets).
  7. Paths – polygons and splines.
  8. Path instancing and attaching sprites to paths.
  9. Textboxes supporting all system fonts and bitmap fonts.
  10. Add links between objects to easily set up triggering.
  11. Shapes (box and circle) so you can set up triggers or whatever you want.
  12. Can write custom exporters using Lua and some DAME functions.
  13. Pre existing exporters and samples for both flixel and flashPunk frameworks.
  14. Multi-platform – it’s made using Adobe Air so it can run on PC, Mac and Linux!
  15. Maps can be resized with ability to choose placement.
    • Now this can be done in real-time too!
  16. Supports jpg,png and bmp.
  17. Custom properties tied to maps, sprites and any object you place down.
  18. Snap to grid.
  19. Multiple layers, including grouping.
  20. Add image layers to use as a guideline for your tiles and sprite placement.
  21. Onion skin option.
  22. Drag ‘n’ drop.
  23. Scaling and rotating.
  24. Undo, copy and paste.
  25. Desktop file associations.
  26. Import parts of other DAME projects into the current one being edited.
  27. Add bookmarks so you can quickly navigate around huge maps.
  28. Add sprite trails to automatically populate paths with sprites.
  29. Select, copy, paste, move, scale your tilemap tiles in real-time.
  30. Per tile properties.
  31. Animating tiles.
  32. Isometric tilemaps.
  33. Stack tiles.
  34. Choice of themes.
  35. Rip tilemaps from images.
  36. Share spritelists with multiple projects.
  37. Many more features already present and planned for the future…

For automatic install click the install button at the top of the page. Alternatively download the exe (Windows):


Or for the manual air install (Multiplatform friendly) click the two links below.

You’ll need Adobe Air to run it:


Download and install DAME here:


Here is a video showcasing some of its functionality:

Make games your way

DAME is ideally suited to flash games in flixel, because it’s actually made using the flixel engine and if it shows up in the editor fine then you know it will work in your own game. But it is designed to be flexible enough to work for almost any type of 2D game engine, which is why it supports many features like the ability to write your own exporter script using Lua, so that you can export to any format you like – code, XML, some other weird format.

In fact, it comes with exporters for flixel and flashpunk, both excellent free flash game frameworks.

It also supports full object scaling and rotation and dynamic properties so that it’s easy to create some truly dynamic maps!

Completely Free

DAME is free. If you make a game and make millions of dollars from it, well, you could always give me and DAME a mention in the credits so that more people can use this great piece of software! But I’m not asking for a single cent. If you really want you can click on the donate button on the sidebar to the right of the page, but you’re under absolutely no obligation to do so.

Examples, you ask?

You can find samples in the program folder once it’s installed, or download them separately from here also including the fullly compiled games ready to run:


And here is a playable flash ‘game’  made using DAME featuring none other than one of the DAMbots…

Why did I make this?

I wanted to make a simple (ok, not exactly simple) flash game, and tried some free map editors here and there. To start with they were ok but then as my needs grew the editors didn’t. I just got a bit fed up of always finding free map editors that were unfinished or weren’t flexible enough to do what I wanted so I thought about what an editor would be like that I actually wanted to use, and this is it.

So right now I still haven’t made that game, but now version 1 of the editor is done I guess I have no excuses…

Nothing’s perfect

Ok, so this is only version 1. I have plans for a version 2, which is going to be even more awesome.

And if you have any bugs or feature requests then contact me and put DAME bug or DAME request in the subject tile so I know that you’re not spam.

Finally, if you have any exporter scripts you’d like to be included then send them to me with DAME exporter in the title and I’ll see if they’re good.

No nasty viruses please and please don’t host DAME on your website without my permission first!


Previous versions

Here you can find a list of some of the previous version of DAME, so that if anything does go wrong you can at least work from an older version until the issue is resolved – I’m sure that will never happen though!:

  • current version: dambots.com/games/dame/DAME.air
  • version 2.0.9 : dambots.com/games/dame/DAME_2_0_9.air
  • version 2.0.8 : dambots.com/games/dame/DAME_2_0_8.air
  • version 1.3.1 : dambots.com/games/dame/DAME_1_3_1.air
Finally here is a brief version history:
  1. Version 2.1.0- 11 September 2011
    • Can now draw on sprites using the drawing tool (minus copy/paste/select).
    • Fixed incorrect filepaths when saving sprite entries separately.
    • Fixed bug with offseting the drawable region on individual spritesheet objects.
  2. Version 2.0.0 – 1 June 2011
    • Many many new features…
  3. Version 1.3.0 – 16 April 2011
    • Flixel exporters can export to both version 2.43 and 2.5
    • Exporters can now have drop down boxes.
  4. Version 1.0.0:
    • The First public release of DAME!

Version 1.1.3

  • Can now move maps around in real-time ( in tile editor click on the new Move/resize Maps icon when in select/move mode). Can use snap to grid to limit movement.
  • Resize maps around in real-time using same system. Click and drag the edges/corners to perform resize.
  • Duplicate layers and groups via right-click menu in LayersTab. Choose between full duplication or duplicating the layers empty.
  • Change selected sprites to the current selected sprite entry. (Sprites Tab menu option)
  • Scaling using marquees now keeps opposite side locked in place instead of scaling from the centre.
  • Zoom in from 50% view now properly maintains view relative to cursor position.
  • Fixed inabilty to reassign tilesets when tileset image was no longer found.

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