Practical Game Design with Unity and Playmaker
By Sergey Mohov
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 122

In Detail

Unity is a powerful rendering engine which is fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools to create interactive 3D and 2D content. Playmaker is a flexible visual state machine editor and runtime library for Unity 3D which facilitates visual scripting for Unity 3D.

This book explores the basics of Unity scripting in JavaScript and C#. It is a step-by-step tutorial which thoroughly explains how to make a game from scratch quickly and effortlessly. This books details the steps required to make a game in seven chapters, each of them examining one of the aspects of game development in the most practical and concise way possible.

This book starts by explaining you the component-based approach to game development. It then moves on to teach you how to use state machine's interface to make a game with minimum code and how to add AI and Photon networking to it. The book then progresses through helping you understand how to write a Kongregate API code and upload your game on it. The book finally ends up enabling you to make a complete web Multiplayer game in Unity and add an external API to it.


A practical guide packed with examples that helps you to build a full-fledged game with the help of Unity and Playmaker. A few exercises and useful external resources are also provided to improve both the game and your skills.

Who this book is for

This book is for animation artists and 3D artists, designers, and engineers who want to create interactive content with little or no programming. This book is also for game programmers who want to create a game from scratch in Unity and Playmaker. You are expected to have basic knowledge of game programming and Unity 3D.

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Good start, needs more content though

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Comments about oreilly Practical Game Design with Unity and Playmaker:

This book is aimed at someone interested in game design who uses Unity and has purchased (or is thinking of purchasing) the Unity plugin Playmaker.

The beauty of Playmaker is that it allows you to rapidly prototype games without touching code - great if you are a designer, or a developer who needs to have something prototyped quickly to test.

The book begins by explaining Unity at a basic enough level, guiding you around the interface etc. It's not until a few chapters in that Playmaker is introduced fully. When it is introduced, the book shows how easy it is to perform action using Playmaker instead of scripting.

The networking and 3rd party APIs are a nice bonus, but it would have been nice if the book assumed you knew Unity and could then focus on teaching more of Playmaker.

I do like the way the book teaches you to build on one game idea and enhance it, but it feels like this book should have had more content, for example, using Playmaker for different types of games (the example game is a 2D Air Hockey clone). The AI section is 6 pages, I'm sure a whole chapter at least could have been dedicated to this.

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