Practical Game Design with Unity and Playmaker

Unity is a powerful rendering engine which is fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools to create interactive 3D and 2D content. Playmaker is a flexible visual state machine editor and runtime library for Unity 3D which facilitates visual scripting for Unity 3D.

This book explores the basics of Unity scripting in JavaScript and C#. It is a step-by-step tutorial which thoroughly explains how to make a game from scratch quickly and effortlessly. This books details the steps required to make a game in seven chapters, each of them examining one of the aspects of game development in the most practical and concise way possible.

This book starts by explaining you the component-based approach to game development. It then moves on to teach you how to use state machine’s interface to make a game with minimum code and how to add AI and Photon networking to it. The book then progresses through helping you understand how to write a Kongregate API code and upload your game on it. The book finally ends up enabling you to make a complete web Multiplayer game in Unity and add an external API to it.

What you will learn from this book

  • Understand the Unity project structure and the component-based approach to game development.
  • Master Unity and Playmaker’s interface
  • Utilize Unity and Playmaker to create game mechanics
  • Implement networking and multiplayer using Photon Unity Networking via Playmaker
  • Explore the basics of Unity scripting in JavaScript and C#
  • Import and position a model in the scene
  • Construct your own custom Playmaker actions
  • Create a game from scratch and customize it

Approach

A practical guide packed with examples that helps you to build a full-fledged game with the help of Unity and Playmaker. A few exercises and useful external resources are also provided to improve both the game and your skills.

Who this book is written for

This book is for animation artists and 3D artists, designers, and engineers who want to create interactive content with little or no programming. This book is also for game programmers who want to create a game from scratch in Unity and Playmaker. You are expected to have basic knowledge of game programming and Unity 3D.

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Learn Unity for 2D Game Development (Technology in Action)

2D games are everywhere, from mobile devices and websites to game consoles and PCs. Timeless and popular, 2D games represent a substantial segment of the games market.

In Learn Unity for 2D Game Development, targeted at both game development newcomers and established developers, experienced game developer Alan Thorn shows you how to use the powerful Unity engine to create fun and imaginative 2D games. 

Written in clear and accessible language, Learn Unity for 2D Game Development will show you how to set up a step-by-step 2D workflow in Unity, how to build and import textures, how to configure and work with cameras, how to establish pixel-perfect ratios, and all of this so you can put that infrastructure to work in a real, playable game. Then the final chapters show you how to put what you’ve already made to work in creating a card-matching game, plus you’ll learn how to optimize your game for mobile devices.

What you’ll learn

  • How to create a 2D workflow in Unity
  • Customizing the Unity Editor
  • How to generate atlas textures and textured quads
  • Animation effects and camera configuration
  • Handling user input
  • Creating a game from start to finish
  • Optimizing for mobile devices

Who this book is for

Game development students and professionals, indie developers, game artists and designers, and Unity developers looking to improve their workflow and effectiveness.

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Unity 2D Game Development

Unity is a game development ecosystem: a powerful rendering engine fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows to create interactive 3D and 2D content. Unity 4.3 has introduced a variety of exciting new features, and it is about time you use these features to build an amazing 2D game. Prepare yourself to travel back to the 90s and build a game like they used to make them using today’s technology. That’s right; we’re talking about making 2D games using Unity!

This book will help you build 2D games in Unity using the engine’s 2D technologies added in Version 4.3. You’ll learn the basics of importing assets and building foundation technology all the way up to full combat and boss battles!

All the required assets are supplied and detailed code is included, making it a cinch to create functional players, dangerous enemies, a treacherous environment, gameplay scoring, and much more. With the book’s straightforward and practical approach, each chapter takes you a step closer to the final game. We will wrap things up by looking into the basic aspects of the game’s UI.

Once you reach the end and have integrated a final boss battle, you can go back to the challenges included in each chapter and use them to improve the game and your 2D game development skills!

Approach

A fun, easy-to-follow experience that takes you from an empty project in Unity 4.3+ all the way to a finished, functional 2D platformer, while giving you challenges and ideas to take what you learn in this book and expand upon it.

Who this book is for

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to build 2D video games or who just wants to expand their knowledge of the Unity game engine. It would be helpful to know how to navigate your way around Unity and some basic C# before getting started with this book; however, if you don’t, no worries – we will point you in the right direction!

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Unity 4 Fundamentals: Get Started at Making Games with Unity

Get ahead of the game with Unity 4.

The Unity engine is the tool of choice for many indie and AAA game developers. Unity 4 Fundamentals gives readers a head start on the road to game development by offering beginners a comprehensive, step by step introduction to the latest Unity 4 engine. The author takes a theory-to-practice approach to demonstrate what Unity 4 has to offer which includes:

  •  Asset management tools
  •  Real-time lighting and lightmapping
  •  Particle systems
  • Navigation and pathfinding

 

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Creating E-Learning Games with Unity

Unity is a fully integrated development engine providing the required functionality to create games and interactive 3D content, while reducing the time, effort, and cost of developing the content. Nowadays, many people have started to use Unity in an eLearning setting as it allows them to create real-world scenarios, or models, for training purposes. With Unity, one can develop video games that are not only fun, but are also effective teaching and learning tools. When properly designed, an engaging game is an ideal platform for the presentation, testing, and application of learning objectives.

eLearning Game Programming in Unity is a practical, hands-on guide to programming eLearning games. You will encounter a step-by-step approach to developing a 3D game that is interactive and engaging, built around sound teaching pedagogy and game theory.

In this book, the readers will be taken through the development of an eLearning game framework using the Unity engine. In addition to developing the technology for the game, we will create 3 levels (missions) in the game that teach, test, and reinforce learning. The subject matter being taught is the 50 American states and their flags. Concurrently, the book shows readers how to develop multiple game levels that support the various learning objectives of the game. In level 1, the user has to locate the missing flags and return them to the flag monument. During this time, the state flags design and state name are given to the player. This is the teaching phase. We also discuss cognitive flow and how learning is encouraged when the player is in this state.

In level 2 the user has to run a race through the park, competing against two other racers. Non-Player Characters (NPCs) are stationed along the way, and will ask questions about state flags. The user has to achieve 100 percent and first place in the race to move on to level 3. This is the testing phase, as we approach the problem from other direction with multiple choice popup cards.

In level 3, we reinforce learning through interactions with NPCs. These interactions require higher order thinking and association of the subject matter with the game experience. You will also learn how to program the interactive elements of a game to increase immersion. You will construct interactive objects that can be collected by the player and will program non-player characters that will populate the world, move, and interact with the player.

With this guide, you will learn everything you need to know to make your own effective eLearning game from start to finish.

Approach

This book is an easy-to-follow guide that incrementally develops the game framework and missions, step-by-step, with each chapter. Extensive source code is provided and explained in detail to support and explain each of the concepts in the book.

Who this book is for

This book is intended for novice game programmers with a little experience in Unity3D, who want to learn how to program eLearning games. Educators and trainers who want to use Unity in an eLearning setting will also benefit from the book. It would be helpful to have a basic understanding of the concepts such as Unity scripting and the Finite State Machine (FSM), but no prior experience in game development is required.

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Unity Android Game Development by Example Beginner's Guide

Powerful and continuing to grow, the mobile market has never been bigger and more demanding of great games. Android continues to prove itself as a strong contender in this challenging market. With Unity 3D, great games can be made for Android quickly and easily. With its great deployment system, the Android platform is now only one click away.

Unity Android Game Development by Example Beginner’s Guide dives straight into making real, fully-functional games, with hands-on examples and step-by-step instructions to give you a firm grounding in Unity 3D and Android. Everything necessary for creating a complete gaming experience is covered and detailed throughout the course of this book.

Using clear and practical examples that progressively build upon each other, this book guides you through the process of creating games in Unity for Android.

Start by learning about all the great features that Unity and Android have to offer. Next, create a Tic-Tac-Toe game while learning all about interfaces. After that, learn about meshes, materials, and animations with the creation of a tank battle game. You will then learn how to expand your game’s environment with the addition of shadows and a skybox. Adding on this, you will also learn how to expand the tank battle by creating enemies and using path finding to chase the player. Next, explore touch and tilt controls with the creation of a space fighter game. Then, learn about physics while recreating the most popular mobile game on the market. You will then expand the space fighter game with the addition of all the special effects that make a game great. Finally, complete your experience by learning the optimization techniques required to keep your games running smoothly.

While Unity is available for both Mac and Windows, the book is presented working from a Windows environment. Programming in Unity is possible in C#, JavaScript, and Boo. This book will be working in C# and the final projects will be provided in C# and JavaScript.

From nothing to a fully-featured mobile game, Unity Android Game Development by Example Beginner’s Guide takes you through everything it takes to create your next game for the Android platform.

Approach

Unity Android Game Development by Example Beginner’s Guide consists of different game application examples. No prior experience with programming, Android, or Unity is required. You will learn everything from scratch and will have an organized flow of information specifically designed for complete beginners to Unity.

Who this book is for

Great for developers new to Unity, Android, or both, this book will walk you through everything you need to know about game development for the Android mobile platform. No experience with programming, Android, or Unity is required. Most of the assets used in each chapter project are provided with the book, but it is assumed that you have some access to basic image and model creation software. You will also need access to an Android powered device.

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Unity 4.x Game Development by Example Beginner's Guide

Unity is one of the biggest game engines in the world, providing the user with a range of important tools that they need to bring their ideas into reality. Beginner game developers are optimistic, passionate, and ambitious, but that ambition can be dangerous! Too often, budding indie developers and hobbyists bite off more than they can chew. Games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Fruit Ninja are fun, simple games that have delighted players and delivered big profits to their creators. This is the perfect climate for new game developers to succeed by creating simple games with Unity, starting today.

This book teaches you the ins and outs of the unique Unity game engine interface. Clear and concise code examples written in both Unity Javascript and C# take you through the step-by-step process of building five small, functional games. With this understanding you can start making your own mark on the game industry!

With absolutely no programming or game development experience, you will learn how to build five simple games in Unity by following step-by-step instructions, peppered with amusing analogies and anecdotes from an experienced indie developer. Following a primer on simplifying your game ideas to that single “something” that keeps players coming back for more, dive into the Unity game engine by creating a simple bat-and-ball game. From there, you’ll build a complete memory game using only the Unity GUI system. After building a 2.5D mouse avoider game, you’ll learn how to re-skin the project to completely change the game’s theme. Incorporating everything you’ve learned, you’ll return to complete the bat-and-ball game by adding scoring, replay flow, sound effects, and animations. Finally, in the new bonus chapter, you’ll program some simple AI (Artificial Intelligence) for a tic tac toe game.

“Unity 4.x Game Development by Example” is a fun and light-hearted exploration of one of the most powerful game engines on the market today. Find out what all the fuss is about by getting up to speed using this book!

What you will learn from this book

  • Explore the basic development flow of the Unity 3D game engine
  • Understand fundamental programming concepts in both Javascript and C#
  • Develop five different games from inception to completion
  • Discover the secrets new game developers use to be successful when they’re just starting out
  • Grasp the nuances of Unity’s immediate-mode GUI
  • Completely re-skin a game for fun and (potentially) profit
  • Lengthen gameplay by learning how to use random numbers
  • Explore the process of writing Artificial Intelligence from scratch

Approach

This is a practical and light-hearted guide to get to grips with creating your first games, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials using the award winning Unity engine.

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Unity Game Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Sams Teach Yourself...in 24 Hours)

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, Sams Teach Yourself Unity Game Development in 24 Hours will help you master the Unity 4 game engine at the heart of Temple Run and many other sizzling-hot mobile games! You’ll learn everything from the absolute basics through sophisticated game physics, animation, and mobile device deployment techniques. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success!

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Unity 4 game development tasks.

  • Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.
  • Notes present interesting information related to the discussion.
  • Tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.
  • Cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.

Learn how to…

  • Create and work with game objects, Unity’s fundamental building blocks
  • Work efficiently with Unity’s graphical asset pipeline
  • Apply shaders and textures to any 3D object
  • Sculpt stunning game worlds with Unity’s terrain and environmental toolsets
  • Script tasks ranging from capturing input to building complex behaviors
  • Quickly create repeatable, reusable game objects with prefabs
  • Implement easy, intuitive game user interfaces
  • Create amazing effects with Unity’s new Shuriken particle system
  • Leverage the full power of Unity’s new Mecanim animation system
  • Integrate ambient 2D/3D audio into your games
  • Use mobile device accelerometers and multi-touch displays
  • Modify a desktop game for mobile platforms
  • Apply the “finishing touches” and deploy your game
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Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 3D Beginner's Guide

For the absolute beginner to any concept of programming, writing a script can appear to be an impossible hurdle to overcome. The truth is, there are only three simple concepts to understand: 1) having some type of information; 2) using the information; and 3) communicating the information. Each of these concepts is very simple and extremely important. These three concepts are combined to access the feature set provided by Unity.

“Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 3D” assumes that you know nothing about programming concepts. First you will learn the absolute basics of programming using everyday examples that you already know. As you progress through the book, you will find that C# is not a foreign language after all, because you already know the words. With a few keywords and using substitution, before you know it, you’ll be thinking in code.

The book starts by explaining in simple terms the three concepts you need for writing C# code and scripts: 1) variables to hold information; 2) methods (functions) to use the information; and 3) Dot Syntax to communicate the information where it’s needed. The book builds on these concepts to open up the world of C# coding and Unity scripting. You will use this new power to access the features provided in Unity’s Scripting Reference.

The first half of this book is devoted to the code writing beginner. The concepts of variables, methods, Dot Syntax, and decision processing are fully explained. Since C# is an actual programming language, we take advantage of this to develop a State Machine to help control and organize each phase of a Unity project. Once the basic programming concepts are established and we have some State Machine organization, the features and power of Unity are accessed using the Scripting Reference.

The goal of “Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity 3D” is to teach to you how to use the Unity Scripting Reference.

Approach

This book uses the learning-by-example approach. It takes simple examples from games to introduce all the main concepts of programming in an easy-to-digest and immediately recognizable way.

Who this book is for

This book is for the total beginner to any type of programming, focusing on the writing of C# code and scripts only. There are many parts that make up the Unity game engine. It is assumed that the reader already knows their way around Unity’s user interface. The code editor used in this book is the MonoDevelop editor supplied by Unity.

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