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In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, Sams Teach Yourself Unity Game Development in 24 Hours will help you master the Unity game engine. This books straightforward, step-by-step approach teaches you everything from the absolute basics through sophisticated game physics, animation, and mobile device deployment techniques. Every lesson builds on what youve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.

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

Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn.

Quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills.

Notes and Tips point out shortcuts and solutions.

Learn how to

  • Get up and running fast with the Unity game engine and editor

  • Work efficiently with Unitys graphical asset pipeline

  • Make the most of lights and cameras

  • Sculpt stunning worlds with Unitys terrain and environmental tools

  • Script tasks ranging from capturing input to building complex behaviors

  • Quickly create repeatable, reusable game objects with prefabs

  • Implement easy, intuitive game user interfaces

  • Control players through built-in and custom character controllers

  • Build realistic physical and trigger collisions

  • Leverage the full power of Unitys Animation and new Timeline systems

  • Integrate complex audio into your games

  • Use mobile device accelerometers and multi-touch displays

  • Build engaging 2D games with Unitys 2D tools and Tilemap

  • Apply the finishing touches and deploy your games

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. Contents
  9. Table of Contents
  10. Hour 1. Introduction to Unity
    1. Installing Unity
    2. Getting to Know the Unity Editor
    3. Navigating the Unity Scene View
    4. Summary
    5. Q&A
    6. Workshop
    7. Exercise
  11. Hour 2. Game Objects
    1. Dimensions and Coordinate Systems
    2. Putting the D in 3D
    3. Using Coordinate Systems
    4. World Versus Local Coordinates
    5. Game Objects
    6. Transforms
    7. Translation
    8. Rotation
    9. Scaling
    10. Hazards of Transformations
    11. Gizmo Positions
    12. Transforms and Nested Objects
    13. Summary
    14. Q&A
    15. Workshop
    16. Exercise
  12. Hour 3. Models, Materials, and Textures
    1. The Basics of Models
    2. Textures, Shaders, and Materials
    3. Summary
    4. Q&A
    5. Workshop
    6. Exercise
  13. Hour 4. Terrain and Environments
    1. Terrain Generation
    2. Terrain Textures
    3. Generating Trees and Grass
    4. Character Controllers
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  14. Hour 5. Lights and Cameras
    1. Lights
    2. Cameras
    3. Layers
    4. Summary
    5. Q&A
    6. Workshop
    7. Exercise
  15. Hour 6. Game 1: Amazing Racer
    1. Design
    2. Creating the Game World
    3. Gamification
    4. Playtesting
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  16. Hour 7. Scripting, Part 1
    1. Scripts
    2. Variables
    3. Operators
    4. Conditionals
    5. Iteration
    6. Summary
    7. Q&A
    8. Workshop
    9. Exercise
  17. Hour 8. Scripting, Part 2
    1. Methods
    2. Input
    3. Accessing Local Components
    4. Accessing Other Objects
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  18. Hour 9. Collision
    1. Rigidbodies
    2. Enabling Collision
    3. Triggers
    4. Raycasting
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  19. Hour 10. Game 2: Chaos Ball
    1. Design
    2. The Arena
    3. Game Entities
    4. The Control Objects
    5. Improving the Game
    6. Summary
    7. Q&A
    8. Workshop
    9. Exercise
  20. Hour 11. Prefabs
    1. Prefab Basics
    2. Working with Prefabs
    3. Summary
    4. Q&A
    5. Workshop
    6. Exercise
  21. Hour 12. 2D Game Tools
    1. The Basics of 2D Games
    2. Orthographic Cameras
    3. Adding Sprites
    4. Draw Order
    5. 2D Physics
    6. Summary
    7. Q&A
    8. Workshop
    9. Exercise
  22. Hour 13. 2D Tilemaps
    1. The Basics of Tilemaps
    2. Palettes
    3. Tiles
    4. Tilemaps and Physics
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  23. Hour 14. User Interfaces
    1. Basic UI Principles
    2. The Canvas
    3. UI Elements
    4. Canvas Render Modes
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  24. Hour 15. Game 3: Captain Blaster
    1. Design
    2. The World
    3. Controls
    4. Improvements
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  25. Hour 16. Particle Systems
    1. Particle Systems
    2. Particle System Modules
    3. The Curves Editor
    4. Summary
    5. Q&A
    6. Workshop
    7. Exercise
  26. Hour 17. Animations
    1. Animation Basics
    2. Animation Types
    3. Animation Tools
    4. Summary
    5. Q&A
    6. Workshop
    7. Exercise
  27. Hour 18. Animators
    1. Animator Basics
    2. Configuring Your Assets
    3. Creating an Animator
    4. Scripting Animators
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  28. Hour 19. Timeline
    1. Timeline Basics
    2. Working with Timelines
    3. Going Beyond Simple Control
    4. Summary
    5. Q&A
    6. Workshop
    7. Exercise
  29. Hour 20. Game 4: Gauntlet Runner
    1. Design
    2. The World
    3. The Entities
    4. The Controls
    5. Room for Improvement
    6. Summary
    7. Q&A
    8. Workshop
    9. Exercise
  30. Hour 21. Audio
    1. Audio Basics
    2. Audio Sources
    3. Audio Scripting
    4. Audio Mixers
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  31. Hour 22. Mobile Development
    1. Preparing for Mobile
    2. Accelerometers
    3. Summary
    4. Q&A
    5. Workshop
    6. Exercise
  32. Hour 23. Polish and Deploy
    1. Managing Scenes
    2. Persisting Data and Objects
    3. Unity Player Settings
    4. Building Your Game
    5. Summary
    6. Q&A
    7. Workshop
    8. Exercise
  33. Hour 24. Wrap-up
    1. Accomplishments
    2. Your 19 Hours of Learning
    3. 4 Complete Games
    4. More Than 50 Scenes
    5. Where to Go from Here
    6. Make Games
    7. Work with People
    8. Write About It
    9. Resources Available to You
    10. Summary
    11. Q&A
    12. Workshop
    13. Exercise
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