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Getting Started with Unity 5.x 2D Game Development

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  • Import and set up assets for 2D game development
  • Design and implement dynamic and responsive User Interfaces
  • Create and handle complex animation systems
  • Unlock all the potentiality of the physics engine
  • Implement Artificial Intelligence algorithms to give intelligence to your NPCs
  • Script gameplay and overall bring your ideas to life

Want to get started in the world of 2D game development with Unity? This book will take your hand and guide you through this amazing journey to let you know exactly what you need to build the games you want to build, without sacrificing quality. You will build a solid understanding of Unity 5.x, by focusing with the embedded tools to develop 2D games. In learning about these, along with accurate explanations and practical examples, you will design, develop, learn how to market and publish a delectable Tower Defense game about cupcakes versus pandas.

Each chapter in this book is structured to give you a full understanding on a specific aspect of the workflow pipeline. Each of these aspects are essential for developing games in Unity. In a step-by-step approach, you will learn about each of the following phases: Game Design, Asset Importing, Scripting, User Interfaces, Animations, Physics, Artificial Intelligence, Gameplay Programming, Polishing and Improving, Marketing, Publishing and much more.

This book provides you with exercises and homework at the end of each chapter so that you can level up your skills as a Unity game developer. In addition, each of these parts are centered on a common point of discussion with other learners just like you. Therefore, by sharing your ideas with other people you will not only develop your skills but you will also build a network.

  • Build a complete and exciting 2D Tower Defense game from scratch.
  • Understand and learn to perform each phase of the game development pipeline
  • Homework and exercises to improve your skills and take them to the next level
Page Count 478
Course Length 14 hours 20 minutes
Date Of Publication 10 Feb 2017


Francesco Sapio

Francesco Sapio obtained his Computer Science and Control Engineering degree from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, with a couple of semesters in advance, scoring summa cum laude. He is currently studying a Master of Science in Engineering in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the same university. He is a Unity3D and Unreal expert, a skilled game designer, and an experienced user of the major graphics programs. He developed Game@School (Sapienza University of Rome), an educational game for high school students to learn concepts of physics, and Sticker Book (series) (Dataware Games), a cross-platform series of games for kids. In addition, he worked as consultant for the (successfully funded by Kickstarter) game Prosperity – Italy 1434 (Entertainment Game Apps, Inc), and for the open online collaborative ideation system titled Innovoice (Sapienza University of Rome). Moreover, he has been involved in different research projects such as Belief-Driven-Pathfinding (Sapienza University of Rome), a new technique of pathfinding in videogames that was presented as a paper at the DiGRA-FDG Conference 2016; and perfekt.ID (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), which included developing a recommendation system for games. He is an active writer on the topic of game development. Recently, he authored the book Getting Started with Unity 5.x 2D Game Development (Packt Publishing) that takes your hand and guide you through the amazing journey of game development, the successful Unity UI Cookbook (Packt Publishing), which has been translated also in other languages, that teaches readers how to develop exciting and practical user interfaces for games within Unity, and a short e-guide What do you need to know about Unity (Packt Publishing). In addition, he co-authored the book Unity 5.x 2D Game Development Blueprints (Packt Publishing). Furthermore, he has also been a reviewer for the following books: Game Physics Cookbook (Packt Publishing), Mastering Unity 5.x (Packt Publishing), Unity 5.x by Example (Packt Publishing), and Unity Game Development Scripting (Packt Publishing).

Francesco is also a musician and a composer, especially of soundtracks for short films and video games. For several years, he worked as an actor and dancer, where he was a guest of honor at the theatre Brancaccio in Rome. In addition, he is a very active person, having volunteered as a children’s entertainer at the Associazione Culturale Torraccia in Rome. Finally, Francesco loves math, philosophy, logic, and puzzle solving, but most of all, creating video games — thanks to his passion for game designing and programming.