Every now and then there are games that you stumble upon online which you think at first glance ‘oh this looks cool, i’ll try this for a few minutes’. Ultraflow is one of those games which starts out this way, and before long you are wondering where the past half hour went.
A beautiful polygonal 2D masterpiece, this game is essentially a 1-flick mechanic in which you must spot the correct angle to flick the player object in order to make it land within the target – without surpassing a maximum number of collisions on the way. Combine this with a great minimal soundtrack and awesomely tactile sound design throughout, and you’ve got a fantastic little game on your hands. I discovered ULTRAFLOW via Itch.io, and you can PLAY ULTRAFLOW ONLINE HERE.
This game was made by a group of 5 students who have already put this out on Google play store for Android –
And they are now looking for your help to raise just $250 to purchase an Apple developer license, so they can ship their game on the iOS app store. Visit their site and hit the Donate button if you’re feeling generous to help these guys out –
Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako is a homage to the original game boy created by Christophe Galati (@ChrisDeneos). Developed in Unity this game really takes me back! and the attention to detail in style, motion and the fact it’s a great little platformer that made me want to replay Kirby’s Dreamland.
Hat’s off to Christophe for creating this uniquely old and new game, check out the trailer and grab the game when its ready!
Want to make a Unity 2D game in the vein of Flappy bird or Swing copters? Check out this fantastic free sprite pack from Gold Experience Team –
Download it on the Asset store and get building / reskinning these example levels!
At Unite 2014 this year in Seattle, Veli-Pekka Kokkonen, one of the 2D team gave a great talk on some best practices for using Unity for 2D games, go watch, there’s an awesome segment on character construction, watch below!
Jenny LeClue is a super slick stylised choose your own adventure game that recently blew up on Kickstarter. Smashing past their goal quickly and eventually reaching over $100k, this game has all the hallmarks of a surefire winner.
Check out the pitch video below and follow the game via their kickstarter page –
Unity Technologies have released a 2D pack to help Unity users learn various types of 2D games. With a selection of sprites and sample games, you’ll find Angry birds, Flappy bird, a catch game and a space shooter. You can grab it from the Asset store to import directly into your 2D projects, go get it!
Thanks go to Tomas from the Unity 2D team for pointing this one out to me – Piskel is a really cool pixel art drawing tool you can use inside a browser – it’ll even let you animate a few frames of animation to create characters! This is super cool and worth checking out, so what are you waiting for?
Uni 2D is starting to make some serious waves in the Unity 2D community. Since it’s first version added a similar feature set to Ubisoft’s Ubi Art framework to Unity, they haven’t rested and now have released version 2.1 with some amazing features.
Since the release of Unity 4.3 there have been a few fantastic assets released to help you make 2D games, one of the best we’ve seen so far is this excellent detailed ‘acrobatic’ character from Battle Brothers. Dubbed ‘Acrocatic’, this character does all kinds of 2D platforming moves from runs, jumps, wall climbs and more. Take a look at the promo video below and then visit the Battle Brothers site below for more information.
Want to make 2D ragdolls of your characters for funky death animations? Thanks to Temo Kokiashvili you now can!
Grab this awesome extension from the Asset store –
Or check out his trailer for the system below –