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Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By : Dr. Edward Lavieri
Book Image

Getting Started with Unity 2018 - Third Edition

By: Dr. Edward Lavieri

Overview of this book

The Unity game engine has revolutionized the gaming industry with its complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows, which can be used to create interactive 3D content. With Unity, you can scaffold your way from the basics and make make stunning interactive games. This book will guide you through the entire process of creating a 3D game, from downloading the Unity game engine to publishing your game. It not only gives you a strong foundation, but puts you on the path to game development. Beginning with an overview of the Unity engine and its interface, you will walk through the process of creating a game environment and learn how to use built-in assets, as well as assets created with third-party 3D modeling tools such as Blender. Moving on, you will create custom scripts to control non-player character behaviors and gameplay. You will master exciting concepts such as Heads-Up-Displays, mini-maps, game navigation, sound effects, and lighting effects. Next, you’ll learn how to create your first VR experience, right from setting up the project to image effects. You'll be familiarized with all the tools that Unity has to offer to create your own immersive VR experiences. Each section is a stepping stone toward the completion of the final game. By the end of the book, you'll have learned advanced topics such as cross-platform considerations which enable your games to run on multiple platforms.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Designing our Heads-Up Display

As you will remember from Chapter 3, Designing the Game, we determined that we would have six on-screen components: health, lives, score, cherries, cucumbers, and Cucumber Beetles. That design will now be modified to include a mini-map in the lower-right-hand corner of the screen:

Now that there will be seven components to our HUD, let's review each of them, organized by region:

  • Top-left:
    • Player Health: This will consist of a text label indicating Health and a health meter tied to the Cucumber Man's health.
    • Lives: We will have a visual indication of the Cucumber Man's remaining lives. The player will start with three lives.
  • Top-right:
    • Score: We will add a text label indicating the score and then have the player's actual score updated here.
    • Cherries: The number of cherries the Cucumber Man has will be updated and displayed here.
  • Bottom-right:
    • Mini-Map: This will be a mini-map that shows an overview of the game map with indicators of where the Cucumber Beetles are...