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Unity 2017 Mobile Game Development

By : John P. Doran
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Unity 2017 Mobile Game Development

By: John P. Doran

Overview of this book

Unity has established itself as an overpowering force for developing mobile games. If you love mobile games and want to learn how to make them but have no idea where to begin, then this book is just what you need. This book takes a clear, step-by-step approach to building an endless runner game using Unity with plenty of examples on how to create a game that is uniquely your own. Starting from scratch, you will build, set up, and deploy a simple game to a mobile device. You will learn to add touch gestures and design UI elements that can be used in both landscape and portrait mode at different resolutions. You will explore the best ways to monetize your game projects using Unity Ads and in-app purchases before you share your game information on social networks. Next, using Unity’s analytics tools you will be able to make your game better by gaining insights into how players like and use your game. Finally, you’ll learn how to publish your game on the iOS and Android App Stores for the world to see and play along.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Creating obstacles

It's great that we have some basic tiles, but it's a good idea to give the player something to do or, in our case, something to avoid. In this section, you'll learn how to customize your tiles to add obstacles for your player to avoid:

  1. So, just like we created a prefab for our basic tile, we will create a single obstacle through code. I want to make it easy to see what the obstacle will look like in the world and make sure that it's not too large, so I'll drag and drop a Basic Tile prefab back into the world.
  1. Next, we will create a cube by going to GameObject | 3D Object | Cube. We will then name this object Obstacle. Change the Y Scale to 2 and position it above the platform at (0, 1, .025):
  1. We can then play the game to see how this'll work:
  1. As you can see in the preceding screenshot, the player gets stopped, but nothing really happens. In this instance, we want the player to lose when he hits this and then restart the game; so, to do that, we'll need to write a script. From the Project window, go to the Scripts folder and create a new script called ObstacleBehaviour. We'll use the following code:
using UnityEngine; 
using UnityEngine.SceneManagement; // LoadScene

public class ObstacleBehaviour : MonoBehaviour {

[Tooltip("How long to wait before restarting the game")]
public float waitTime = 2.0f;

void OnCollisionEnter(Collision collision)
// First check if we collided with the player
if (collision.gameObject.GetComponent<PlayerBehaviour>())
// Destroy the player

// Call the function ResetGame after waitTime has passed
Invoke("ResetGame", waitTime);

/// <summary>
/// Will restart the currently loaded level
/// </summary>
void ResetGame()
// Restarts the current level
  1. Save the script and return to the editor, attaching the script to the Obstacle property we just created.
  2. Save your scene and try the game:

As you can see in the preceding screenshot, once we hit the obstacle, the player gets destroyed, and then after a few seconds, the game starts up again. You'll learn to use particle systems and other things to polish this up, but at this point, it's functional, which is what we want.

You may note that when the level is reloaded, there are some lighting issues in the editor. The game will still work correctly when exported, but this may be a minor annoyance.

  1. (Optional) To fix this, go to Window | Lighting | Settings. Uncheck the Auto Generate option from there, and click on Generate Lighting--once it is finished, our issue should be solved.
It isn't an issue with our game, but if you employ the fix above in your own titles, you must remember to go here every time you alter a game level and rebuild the lightmap for it to be updated correctly.
  1. Now that we know it works correctly, we can make it a prefab. Just as we did with the original tile, go ahead and drag and drop it from the Hierarchy into the Project tab and into the Prefabs folder:
  1. Next, we will remove the Obstacle, as we'll spawn it upon creating the tile.
  1. We will make markers to indicate where we would possibly like to spawn our obstacles. Duplicate the Next Spawn Object object and move the new one to (0, 1, 4). We will then rename the object as Center. Afterwards, click on the icon on the top left of the blue box and then select the blue color. Upon doing this, you'll see that we can see the text inside the editor, if we are close to the object (but it won't show up in the Game tab by default):
  1. We want a way to get all of the potential spawn points we will want in case we decide to extend the project in the future, so we will assign a tag as a reference to make those objects easier to find. To do that at the top of the Inspector window, click on the tag dropdown and select Add Tag. From the menu that pops up, press the + button and then name it ObstacleSpawn.
For more information on tags and why we'd want to use them, check out
  1. Go ahead and duplicate this twice and name the others Left and Right, respectively, moving them 2 units to the left and right of the center to become other possible obstacle points:
  1. Note that these changes don't affect the original prefab, by default; that's why the objects are currently black text. To make this happen, select Basic Tile, and then in the Inspector window under the Prefab section, click on Apply.
  2. Now that the prefab is set up correctly, we can go ahead and remove it by selecting it and pressing Delete.
  3. We then need to go into the GameController script and modify it to have the following code:
using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections.Generic; // List

/// <summary>
/// Controls the main gameplay
/// </summary>

public class GameController : MonoBehaviour
[Tooltip("A reference to the tile we want to spawn")]
public Transform tile;

[Tooltip("A reference to the obstacle we want to spawn")]
public Transform obstacle;

[Tooltip("Where the first tile should be placed at")]
public Vector3 startPoint = new Vector3(0, 0, -5);

[Tooltip("How many tiles should we create in advance")]
[Range(1, 15)]
public int initSpawnNum = 10;

[Tooltip("How many tiles to spawn initially with no obstacles")]
public int initNoObstacles = 4;

/// <summary>
/// Where the next tile should be spawned at.
/// </summary>
private Vector3 nextTileLocation;

/// <summary>
/// How should the next tile be rotated?
/// </summary>
private Quaternion nextTileRotation;

/// <summary>
/// Used for initialization
/// </summary>
void Start()
// Set our starting point
nextTileLocation = startPoint;
nextTileRotation = Quaternion.identity;

for (int i = 0; i < initSpawnNum; ++i)
SpawnNextTile(i >= initNoObstacles);

/// <summary>
/// Will spawn a tile at a certain location and setup the next
/// </summary>
public void SpawnNextTile(bool spawnObstacles = true)
var newTile = Instantiate(tile, nextTileLocation,

// Figure out where and at what rotation we should spawn
// the next item
var nextTile = newTile.Find("Next Spawn Point");
nextTileLocation = nextTile.position;
nextTileRotation = nextTile.rotation;

if (!spawnObstacles)

// Now we need to get all of the possible places to spawn the
// obstacle
var obstacleSpawnPoints = new List<GameObject>();

// Go through each of the child game objects in our tile
foreach (Transform child in newTile)
// If it has the ObstacleSpawn tag
if (child.CompareTag("ObstacleSpawn"))
// We add it as a possibilty

// Make sure there is at least one
if (obstacleSpawnPoints.Count > 0)
// Get a random object from the ones we have
var spawnPoint = obstacleSpawnPoints[Random.Range(0,

// Store its position for us to use
var spawnPos = spawnPoint.transform.position;

// Create our obstacle
var newObstacle = Instantiate(obstacle, spawnPos,

// Have it parented to the tile

Note that we modified the SpawnNextTile function to now have a default parameter set to true, which will tell us if we want to spawn obstacles or not. At the beginning of the game, we may not want the player to have to start dodging immediately, but we can tweak the value to increase or decrease the number we are using.

  1. Save the script and go back to the Unity editor. Then, assign the Obstacle variable in the Inspector with the obstacle prefab we created previously.
  2. It's a bit hard to see things currently due to the default light settings, so let's go to the Hierarchy window and select the Directional Light object.

A directional light acts similarly to how the sun works on earth, shining everywhere from a certain rotation.

  1. With the default settings the light is too bright, making it difficult to see, so we can just change the Color to be darker. I used the following:
  1. Save your scene and play the game:
For more information on directional lights and the other lighting types that Unity has, check out:

As you can see in the preceding screenshot, we now have a number of obstacles for our player to avoid, and due to how the player works, he will gradually get faster and faster, causing the game to increase in difficulty over time.