Practical Game Development in Unity 4: Level 1

A beginner-friendly, pragmatic approach to building video games in the Unity game engine!
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

This video series is all about the practical approach to using the tools made available to us in Unity 4 to create our very own video game! We will be creating a Missile Commander clone; which allows us to explore many of the techniques we can employ in our own projects: such as collision detection, asset management, level management, basic GUI implementation, particle effects and more!

The purpose of this series is to lead by example; and as a result, everything we discuss will be put to immediate use in the form of completing our game.

What are the requirements?

  • Beginner-level understanding of C#
  • Unity Standard (the free edition) available on Unity's homepage
  • Visual Studio or MonoDevelop (which comes bundled, free, with Unity standard)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to build a complete game in the Unity3d game engine!
  • Understand Unity's component-oriented architecture to create reusable assets for our levels!
  • Tie everything together in a complete package that can be deployed to Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows and the web!
  • Learn the basics of Unity's particle engine to create effects for our game!

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner-level programmers who want to learn how to create games using Unity
  • People who have never even touched Unity before
  • People who have used Unity to some extent, but want to explore new techniques for authoring games

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Unity 4 Basics
VTM Introduction

This video goes over basic Unity concepts - such as assets, scenes, game objects and common widgets.


This video covers the concept of game object components, and shows how to use the most common ones - such as mesh filters, renderers and colliders. In addition, we take a look at what materials are and how to create our own.


We will now create a reusable component inside of Unity to track and display the health of one of our buildings. We also import the building mesh as an asset, and create a reusable prefab out of it.

Section 2: Enemy Missiles

Next, we start on our missiles. We import our mesh, attach a behavior to the resulting game object, and start to flesh out the logic of our game.


To finish up our missiles, we must implement collision detection using Unity's built in system. We also make our missiles more intelligent by allowing them to target our cities and give damage to them when they collide.


We take a small step back in this video to demonstrate a very useful technique that allows us to correct the pivot points of our models without actually changing them inside of a modelling application.

Section 3: Friendly Missiles and Buildings

In our first video about missile silos, we must import our mesh, assign materials, and stub out our scripts.


Next up; we implement the scripts that are responsible for actually allowing the user to control a silo and have it launch an intelligent missile that is capable of destroying the ones that are launched by our enemy.


We wrap up our missile silo implementation by adding in a nice target circle that gives visual feedback to the player as to where the silo missiles are going to target.

Section 4: Tying it all Together

Now that we have a game that works in isolation of stages, we need to make a way for multiple stages to appear within the same scene. We will also allow the game designer to create multiple levels by creating as many additional scenes as they desire.


Next up, we need a game start screen and a game end screen. In addition, we allow the ability to track player points - and even throw in a power up that a player will get once they achieve enough points in the game.

Section 5: Making it Pretty, and Wrapping it Up

Finally; we wrap up our game implementation by creating smoke and explosion effects using Unity's new (quite fancy) particle system!


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