Simple 2d Game Unity Tutorial

Simple 2d Game Unity Tutorial

4 min read Jun 18, 2024
Simple 2d Game Unity Tutorial

A Simple 2D Game in Unity: A Beginner's Tutorial

This tutorial will guide you through the creation of a simple 2D game in Unity, perfect for beginners looking to get started with game development. We'll build a basic platformer where a character can move left and right and jump.

1. Setting Up the Scene:

  • Create a New Project: Open Unity Hub and create a new 2D project.
  • Add a Background: Drag and drop a 2D image (like a background image) from your computer into the Assets folder in the Project window.
  • Create a Canvas: Go to GameObject > UI > Canvas to add a canvas to your scene. This will be used for any UI elements.
  • Create a Player Character: Go to GameObject > Create Other > Sprite and position it on your background.

2. Implementing Player Movement:

  • Adding a Script: Attach a new C# script to your player object. Name the script "PlayerMovement."
  • Writing the Script: In the script, create variables for speed and jump force:
public float speed = 5f;
public float jumpForce = 10f;

private Rigidbody2D rb;
  • Adding the Rigidbody: In the Inspector for your player object, add a Rigidbody 2D component.
  • Code for Movement: Add the following code to the PlayerMovement script:
void Start()
    rb = GetComponent();

void Update()
    float horizontalInput = Input.GetAxis("Horizontal");
    rb.velocity = new Vector2(horizontalInput * speed, rb.velocity.y);

    if (Input.GetKeyDown(KeyCode.Space))
        rb.AddForce(Vector2.up * jumpForce, ForceMode2D.Impulse);
  • Explanation:
    • horizontalInput gets the left/right input from the player.
    • rb.velocity sets the horizontal velocity of the player based on the input.
    • Input.GetKeyDown(KeyCode.Space) checks if the spacebar is pressed to trigger a jump.
    • rb.AddForce applies an upward force to the player when jumping.

3. Adding a Platform:

  • Creating a Platform: Create a new Sprite object and position it below your player.
  • Add a Collider: In the Inspector for the platform, add a Box Collider 2D component.

4. Running the Game:

  • Play Mode: Press the Play button to test your game. You should be able to control your character to move left and right and jump.

Further Enhancements:

  • Add More Platforms: Create more platforms at different levels to make the game more challenging.
  • Add Enemies: Create enemy sprites and implement movement and collision logic for them.
  • Create a Score System: Use UI elements to display the player's score.
  • Add Sound Effects: Include sound effects for jumping, hitting platforms, and encountering enemies.


This tutorial provided a simple foundation for creating a 2D game in Unity. You now have a basic platformer with player movement and jumping. By building on this foundation and adding more features, you can create more complex and engaging 2D games. Remember, practice is key to mastering game development!