Create Your First Game with These 5 Incredible Game Development Tutorials for Beginners

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Have you ever wanted to create your own video game? Well there is no better time to start than now, as there are countless tutorials available all over the Internet to help you get started.

When I first started studying Game Design, I used a number of tutorials that helped me learn the vital aspects of creating a game. These tutorials not only helped me learn the ins and outs of the Unity Engine, but also how to program using the C# language. 

While the thought of creating your very first game may be scary, I promise that once you're done, all the time and effort that you have invested will be completely worth it. To help make the process even easier, I have complied together five of the best tutorials on the internet that will make creating your very first game a breeze!

Please note that while most of these tutorials are for beginners, some may happen to require some very basic familiarity with game development terminology and the Unity3D Engine. To help with this, I have included a video above that provides an introduction to game development.

What Development Engine Will You Need?

For the purpose of this list, I will be focusing primarily on Unity3Das it is one of the best industry leading, free and full-featured game engines on the market. Unity is renown for being one of the most user-friendly engines currently available, making it the most ideal engine for those that want to learn how to create video games. The Unity Engine has been responsible for creating such games as Deus Ex GO, Valley, Superhot, Tricky Towers, Ori and the Blind Forest, and many more!

Another key aspect that makes Unity one of the go-to engines for indie creators is its online store, which is full of helpful tools, assets, and example projects to help assist you in creating your own games. Unity will also allow you to publish your game onto multiple different platforms such iOS, Android, PC, Mac & Consoles. 

For full details on the Unity engine, you can visit their official website where you can find instructions on how to install the engine, tutorials and guides, community forums and their asset store. 

Beginner 2D UFO Game 1 of 9: Introduction - Unity Official Tutorials

The official Unity YouTube channel is a gold mine for tips and tricks, in-depth tutorials and live-streamed events where Unity Developers will often create a game. 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a very simple but playable 2D collectible game. The tutorial will cover basic player and camera movements, how to collect objects and score points, and finally how to build your completed game so that it can be played by other people.

While this tutorial may be very simple, it is a great starting point for those that are creating their first game. The skills learnt throughout this series will be expanded upon in future tutorials that you complete.

Unity Mobile Game Tutorial • 1 • Game Menu [Tutorial][C#]

N3K EN, who's real name is Michael Doyon, is a part-time teacher and freelance developer from Quebec who enjoys creating games in his free time. N3K EN's game development tutorials are some of the best tutorials you can find on YouTube. 

The tutorials featured on his official YouTube channel are very clear and easy to understand, making them the ideal tutorials to follow for those looking to create their very first game. 

This particular tutorial series will teach you how create a simple roller ball game for mobile and tablet devices. The series covers a vast number of skills and techniques that can be used in your future games such as level creation, saving data, character movement, destructible items, particle effects, timing and much more.

Unity Endless Tutorial • 0 • Introduction [Tutorial][C#]

If you are looking to create a game that will provide a very rewarding final product, this will be the series you will want to follow -- as the completed game could easily be uploaded to the application store. 

This beginners series will teach you how to create an endless runner game that is similar to Temple Run and Subway Surfers. Throughout the series you will be taught a number of useful skills such as player and camera movement, infinite spawning, scoring and difficulty settings and menu creation.

[UNITY 5] Beginner Tutorial: Horror-Game

Have you ever wanted to create your own horror game? Well this tutorial will be one you'll want to complete! Coming in at just over 30 videos, this tutorial series for beginners covers everything you will need to create a terrifying horror game.

Throughout the series you will learn how to create and implement just some of the following features into your game:

  • A working flashlight.
  • Jump scares, sounds, pictures, image effects, animations & riddles.
  • Interact and pick up objects around your environment such as notes, keys and weapons.
  • Player & enemy controls such as health and damage and also enemy chasing.
  • And the ability to create and texture the environment around you.

These are just some of the features that you will learn to create and implement into your game. This series is a must-complete for any beginner that is wanting to expand their skill set.

Unity 2D Platformer Tutorial • 0 • Overview [Noob Friendly][C#]

The final tutorial series that will be showcased in this list is a 2D Platformer that features some pretty neat game mechanics.

This particular series will teach you how to create wall jumps, double jumps, jump pads, a teleporter, collectibles, a scoring system, level design and much more. This 21 episode series is jam packed with a number of cool mechanics that can be used throughout your future games.

Have you completed one of these tutorials? Share your final game with us in the comments section below!

Published Aug. 28th 2016

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Aspiring Game Designer | Australian | Lover of all things Uncharted & Naughty Dog

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