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Introduction to 2D Game Development

1 day

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Course Description

This 1-day course introduces students to the Unity interface and its suite of 2D features. Students will build a 2D game from the ground up, covering major subject areas including sprites, animation, game mechanics, and publishing. At the end of the course, students will have a full side-scrolling endless-runner game where you collect objects and attempt to reach the end without falling.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in using Unity for video game development


  • Practical working knowledge of computers and basic Mac OS X or Windows skills.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Project Setup and Scene Creation

  • Learn how to navigate the Unity Editor
  • Identify the different Editor windows and their purposes
  • Use common hotkeys and shortcuts to navigate in the Editor
  • Configure a Project for 2D development

Lesson 2: Animation and Player Creation

  • Use the Sprite Editor to slice Sprite Sheets for use in the Scene
  • Apply 2D colliders for Physics interactions
  • Configure Prefabs for use throughout the Scene
  • Create sprite sheet animations
  • Create keyframe animations
  • Control multiple animation sequences with the Animator

Lesson 3: Creating Game Mechanics

  • Use Tilemap to build multi-layered Sprite based Scenes
  • Adjust Sprite Z-positioning to create a parallax effect
  • Use scripts to implement gameplay
  • Configure a Cinemachine camera to create a follow camera
  • Use multiple components to create a input based Player controller
  • Build a simple UI to display gameplay behavior

Lesson 4: Finalizing the Game

  • Publish the completed game for PC and Mac
  • Publish the completed game for Android