Play to Learn: Game Dev in Unity 3D is a 50-minute workshop and game template to teach and learn how to develop games with Unity by Nathan Spence.

View the Project on GitHub hsudml/playToLearn

Play to Learn!

Intro to Unity® Game Development

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Digital Media Lab Quick Guide

This short guide will get you started with your project. For more information about this or with other digital media projects, visit


This guide is intended for Unity® beginners.

It will introduce a few Unity® concepts, and provide a starting point for game development in Unity®, using educational assets designed for this SkillShop.

Unity® is available for free download here:

Unity® is also available on campus in the Digital Media Lab (L120), the Library computer lab (L121), and the Art 125 computer lab. You will need to setup an account but can use your HSU Google account.

Part 1: Setup

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Depending on your version of Unity® and operating system, you may receive errors at this step. These can safely be ignored. Choose “ok” or “cancel” as prompted – whichever selection continues the opening process!

Part 2: Unity® Editor

The Editor is divided into several windows:

  1. Project: Your content in folders, subfolders, files, etc.
  2. Scene view: The currently open scene (game level).
  3. Hierarchy: hierarchical view of content content in scene.
  4. Game: preview of your game. Corresponds to the main camera in your scene.
  5. Inspector: A detailed view of whatever is selected.

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Part 3: Making Stuff Happen

For the purposes of this SkillShop, several “broken” scenes have been prepared for you to fix. In your Project window, open SkillShop/Scenes/SkillShopSequence. Each of these scenes presents a different challenge.

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Scene 1: Add Box Colliders so the player won’t fall through the floor.

Select the objects named “Catwalk” in the Hierarchy. (try typing “cat” in the search bar!)

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In the Inspector, click “Add Component” and type in “Box Collider”

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Scene 2: Let the player jump high enough!

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Scene 3: How would you change the red orbs to make them easier?

(Hint: relevant component attached to “base” subobject of these orbs!)

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Part 4: Onward!

Congrats, you’re off to a good start… but games are complex! Explore these resources to learn more:

For more info visit: or email

This guide has an open Creative Commons license. You can use, share, remix and repurpose this content as long as you attribute the author, Nate Spence CC BY, 2018. If you’re re-using this guide, we’d love to hear about your project-