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Hands-On Unity 2020 Game Development

By : Nicolas Alejandro Borromeo
Book Image

Hands-On Unity 2020 Game Development

By: Nicolas Alejandro Borromeo

Overview of this book

Over the years, the Unity game engine has extended its scope from just being about creating video games to building AR/VR experiences, complex simulations, real-time realistic rendering, films, and serious games for training and education. Its features for implementing gameplay, graphics, and customization using C# programming make Unity a comprehensive platform for developing professional-level, rich experiences. With this book, you'll be able to build impressive Unity projects in a step-by-step manner and apply your knowledge of Unity concepts to create a real-world game. Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to develop your first complete game using a variety of Unity tools. As you make progress, you'll learn how to make the most of the Unity Editor and create scripts using the C# programming language. This Unity game development book will then take you through integrating graphics, sound, and animations and manipulating physics to create impressive mechanics for your games. You'll also learn how to code a simple AI agent to challenge the user and use profiling tools to ensure that the code runs in a performant way. Finally, you'll get to grips with Unity's AR Foundation for creating AR experiences for 3D apps and games. By the end of this book, you'll have developed a complete game and will have built a solid foundation using Unity's tooling ecosystem to develop game projects of any scale.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Chapter 20: Building the Project

Scripting the UI

We previously created a UI layout with elements such as bars, text, and buttons, but so far, they are static. We need to make them adapt to the game's actual state. In this chapter, we are going to discuss the following UI scripting concepts:

  • Showing information in the UI
  • Programming the Pause menu

We will start by seeing how to display information on our UI using scripts that modify the text and images that are displayed with Canvas elements. After that, we will create the Pause functionality, which will be used throughout the UI.

Showing information in the UI

As discussed earlier, we will use the UI to display information to the user to allow them to make informed decisions, so let's start by seeing how we can make the player's health bar react to the amount of life they have left in the Life script we created earlier:

  1. Add a new script called Life Bar to the HealthBar Canvas child object, which is the UI Image component...