Unity in Action, Third Edition

  • 6h 39m
  • Joe Hocking
  • Manning Publications
  • 2022

This hands-on beginners guide gets you building games fast, all with the awesome Unity engine! You'll speed past the basics and use your existing coding skills to create 2D, 3D, and AR/VR games.

In Unity in Action, Third Edition, you will learn how to:

  • Create characters that run, jump, and bump into things
  • Build 3D first-person shooters and third-person action games
  • Construct 2D card games and side-scrolling platformers
  • Script enemies with AI
  • Improve game graphics by importing models and images
  • Design an intuitive user interface for your games
  • Play music and spatially-aware sound effects
  • Connect your games to the internet for online play
  • Deploy your games to desktop, mobile, and the web

Thousands of new game developers have chosen Joe Hocking's Unity in Action as their first step toward Unity mastery. Starting with the initial groundwork of a new game development project, you'll quickly start writing custom code instead of clicking together premade scripts. This fully updated third edition comes packed with fully refreshed graphics, Unity's latest features, and coverage of augmented and virtual reality toolkits. You'll master the Unity toolset from the ground up, learning the skills to go from application coder to game developer.

About the technology

Writing games is rewarding and fun—and with Unity, it's easy to get started! Unity handles the heavy lifting, so you can focus on game play, graphics, and user experience. C# support and a huge ecosystem of prebuilt components help even first-time developers go from the drawing board to the screen fast.

About the book

Unity in Action, Third Edition teaches you to create games with the Unity game platform. It's many 2D, 3D, and AR/VR game examples give you hands-on experience with Unity's workflow tools and state-of-the-art rendering engine. This fully updated third edition presents new coverage of Unity's XR toolkit and shows you how you can start building with virtual and augmented reality.

About the Author Joe Hocking is a software engineer who specializes in interactive media development. He currently works for Qualcomm, wrote most of the third edition while working for BUNDLAR, and wrote the first edition while at Synapse Games. He has also taught classes at the University of Illinois Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and two kids. His website is www.newarteest.com.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • About This Book
  • Getting to Know Unity
  • Building a Demo That Puts You in 3D Space
  • Adding Enemies and Projectiles to the 3D Game
  • Developing Graphics for Your Game
  • Building a Memory Game using Unity's 2D Functionality
  • Creating a basic 2D Platformer
  • Putting a GUI onto a Game
  • Creating a Third-Person 3D Game—Player Movement and Animation
  • Adding Interactive Devices and Items within the Game
  • Connecting Your Game to the Internet
  • Playing Audio—Sound Effects and Music
  • Putting the Parts Together into a Complete Game
  • Deploying Your Game to Players' Devices
  • Afterword