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The best games on Unity: Inside, Disco Elysium and more

The most popular engines in the gaming industry are Unreal Engine and Unity. AAA-class video games are often based on Unreal – blockbusters from the category of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Mortal Kombat 11. And Unity is mainly used by mobile arcade authors and indie developers. However, this does not mean at all that the mass audience bypasses games on Unity – just remember Pokemon Go, Disco Elysium or Escape from Tarkov. In this article, we will answer the question why studios choose Unity and list the brightest projects.

History and features of Unity
First of all, we recall that a game engine is a set of programs and tools that are responsible for all aspects of the game. In other words, the software environment where development is taking place.

Unity is developed by Unity Technologies. In the mid-2000s, she carried the Over the Edge Entertainment sign. The company was originally headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is currently headquartered in San Francisco, USA.

The first version of Unity was released in 2005. Then the engine was intended exclusively for the Mac. Popularity came to him after the launch of the iPhone and the App Store. The authors of Unity quickly adapted their engine to the mobile market. On iOS, they simply had no competition, and over time, Unity has become the default engine for mobile games.

And here’s why indie developers fell in love with him:

universality: support for all current platforms (computers, consoles, mobile devices, browsers, VR);
the ability to create 2D and 3D projects of almost any genre;
ease of development;
low entry threshold (you can create games without technical knowledge);
an abundance of educational materials;
speed of development, given the presence of the Asset Store with paid and free materials like three-dimensional models;
soft pricing policy. If the project brings in less than $100,000 a year, then a small team can use the engine for free. Bigger studios with income up to $200,000 pay for a license (a version called Unity Plus) of $40 per month for each employee. When the income exceeds 200 thousand $, you need to buy Unity Pro for 185 $/month. And no royalties, that is, deductions of a certain percentage from sales.
Escape from Tarkov

A solo developer or a small studio can really get by with the standard features of Unity. Well, serious teams usually expand the software environment with their own add-ons.

Outside the gaming industry, Unity is also used, although not as actively. An example was set by Unity Technologies itself, which created a demo Adam (2016) about a robot in the world of a post-apocalyptic future. He has two sequels – the short films Adam: The Mirror and Adam: The Prophet (both 2017) by the famous director Neil Blomkamp.

Another notable film project is the mini-series Baymax Dreams (2018). In it you will see a “plush” robot Baymax, probably familiar to you from the cartoon “City of Heroes”.

Next, we move on to the main thing – the best games on Unity. In the “More in the same vein” block, we also indicated projects on Unity, if possible, but not everywhere.

Gone Home is one of the first walking simulators . According to the plot, the main character returns to an empty house and must find out where her relatives have gone.

You can explore the house at your own pace. There are few interactive objects here, no puzzles, but the environment is worked out with dignity.

More in the same vein: Firewatch (2016)

Pillars of Eternity (2015)
PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Pillars of Eternity is an isometric RPG that deliberately refers to the Baldur’s Gate series and its peers. Obsidian did a professional job with Unity – critics praised the visuals, 3D character models, and 2D scenery.

Money for Pillars of Eternity at that time was raised by the independent Obsidian through Kickstarter. Now it belongs to Microsoft, and the Redmond corporation does not constrain the studio in funds. Obsidian is also working on the AAA RPGs The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed.

More in the same vein: Pathfinder: Kingmaker (2018)

Ori and the Blind Forest is an incredibly beautiful 2D game. By genre, this is metroidvania : the forest spirit Ori gradually acquires abilities and thanks to them gains access to new zones.

Hardcore gameplay contrasts with a fabulous picture. Ori will die dozens and hundreds of times until you get to the final. Ori and the Blind Forest is reminiscent of Rayman in its combination of charming graphics and diabolical complexity.

More in the same vein: Hollow Knight (2017)

Kerbal Space Program offers to build rockets, orbital stations and bases on other celestial bodies. The process is complex, but it is diluted with hilarious physics.

In addition, you are helping not humanity, but amusing green creatures, kerbals. Time after time, the rockets of the kerbonauts crash on takeoff, but they do not even think about giving up!

More in the same vein: Kerbal Space Program 2 will be released in February 2023

Cities: Skylines is a strategy city builder inspired by SimCity. The developers from Colossal Order have been regularly releasing add-ons for it – for the past seven years.

The circulation of Cities: Skylines has exceeded 12 million copies. A fantastic achievement for a strategy.

Inside is a puzzle platformer from the authors of Limbo. Initially, the Danish Playdead used its own engine on which Limbo is based, but moved to Unity in order to simplify development.

As a result, gamers got a small masterpiece: with smooth animation, solid puzzles, and a mysterious world. Fans have come up with several theories explaining what is happening in Inside – Playdead, alas, does not comment on them.

More in the same vein: Little Nightmares (2017)

Pokemon Go rests on three “whales” – these are Pokemon ( cute monsters ), augmented reality elements and GPS. The smartphone acts as a portal connecting the real and virtual worlds. Using GPS, you find Pokemon, point your phone at them and start a fight.

There was a lot of talk and writing about Pokemon Go in its launch year, six years ago. Now in the media, she is rarely mentioned. In reality, the project has not lost its popularity and still brings Niantic and Nintendo big money. The number of Pokemon in the game has already exceeded 700.

More in the same vein: Pikmin Bloom (2021)

Superhot is a first-person shooter/puzzle hybrid. The main feature is that when your character does not move, everything around also freezes, including bullets fired from weapons. Both the hero and enemies die from one hit.

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