Dimension Drive needs a little help to make its Kickstarter budget.
Another Unity tutorial, but this time one that focuses on the new 2D features in Unity 4.
This tutorial is written by French indie developers Pixelnest.
The tutorial is available in English and Chinese, and there’s even a video version. Discuss this tutorial in the forums here.
Valkyrius is a new shmup from Iridescent Games which features multiple weapons and an interesting warping mechanic that lets you teleport short distances.
It’s available to buy now direct from Iridescent Games, and will be on Desura and Green Man Gaming soon.
Wondersonic’s Unity 3D shmup framework is looking very polished now. Take a look at this video demonstration of using the framework within the Unity editor.
I recently gave a lecture on shmup development with Unity as part of a course at RMIT University.
You can download the lecture slides and example project.
The example project is a template for Unity shmup development – it contains just a player, an enemy and a scrolling background, however it implements many of the optimizations needed to get a shmup to run properly, such as:
Rhythm Destruction is a new game from Curious Panda which plays like a traditional shmup, where you control your ship as you traverse through a stage, dodging enemy movement paths, bullets, and environmental hazards. The twist however, is that enemies and objects are destroyed with timed key presses to the beat of the music.
If you’re interested in developing a shmup but don’t know where to start then this should help you. Here are 3 threads in the forum providing shmup-templates, which are frameworks with the basic controls and systems in place to quickly create a shmup.
Simply choose the engine you want to work with, download the template and start making your shmup! Please post any questions in the forum. The Unity 3D framework is currently in-design and feedback is requested.
Spline movement is very important for shmups, whether it’s moving your camera through the scene, or making enemies follow precise paths. iTween is a plugin for Unity that makes spline editing and scripting easier.
Visit the iTween website for more information.
Discussion about camera scrolling techniques in the forum.