Top 10 Best Unity Assets to Take Advantage of During the Super Sale
If you are an avid Unity developer or game designer, you already know about the Unity Asset Store. For those who don’t — the Unity Asset Store allows you to purchase assets, tool and services to help you build your game faster and better. Why reinvent the wheel when the tire store is running a 50% off sale this week?
That’s right — Unity is running their annual Super Sale, where more than 700 of their best assets are discounted up to 50% off. If you are lucky enough to catch it before it ends this Friday December 4th 2020, it is in your best interest to scoop up some of these amazing assets! Here’s a list of the top 10 assets I have purchased or already own, that I think are an absolute steal for the price right now.
A quick note — I am not sponsored by these developers or by Unity, and I am not given any monetary incentive to suggest these assets to you. I simply love them, and I think developers and designers that truly love making games in Unity would love them too!
1. Shapes $50 (normally $100)
Let’s get down to business — Shapes is a quite beefy Asset. Described as a “real-time vector graphics library”, Shapes allows you to render line-drawings at any resolution, with helper functions for drawing basic shapes in 2D and 3D, with a number of tweakable parameters. Think “programmatic Inkscape” for vector graphics in your game. Sounds like a dream come true!
If you’ve ever wanted a clean looking heads-up display, radar, graph, or anything you can imagine, Shapes has you covered. At 50% this is quite the steal!
2. Ultimate Sounds FX Bundle $9.99 (usually $19.99)
It can be argued that sound design and engineering is the make-it-or-break-it of game feel. Your game can be all kinds of fun and addictive, and it might hold its own without any sound whatsoever, but nothing beats a crunchy, squishy, or zippy sound effect to emphasize your gameplay.
9036 sound effects for $9.99 is a steal, period. Sure, you would be hard pressed to use them all in your lifetime, but having a vast pre-paid library of sounds can open up possibilities and inspire great game ideas. For the same price as one month subscription to a streaming service, its a deal that can’t be beat!
3. DoTween Pro $7.50 (MSRP $15)
I’ve talked at length about DoTween in a previous article on Unity assets I think every game developer should have, especially for 2D game dev. While there is a free standard version of DoTween, you can buy the Pro version for half off this week!
DoTween Pro, along with the standard ability to animate nearly everything in your game, allows you to create animations in real time and even against TextMesh Pro objects. For those who are not code-gifted, a visual animator with all of DoTween’s power is quite the utility. And even if you are fine with using the free version, it’s worth it to throw $7.50 towards to the developers of this tool — they deserve it for all the maintenance they do!
4. Easy Save $29.50 (normally $59)
It’s a great saving utility, enough said. It’s time to graduate from using PlayerPrefs to store things it is not meant to hold — this includes player save data. PlayerPrefs is meant to hold general game settings, not sensitive variables that can break the game if they are edited by the player.
I purchased Easy Save a while ago, at full price, and I have been using it ever since. It takes save / load functionality and compresses it into a paltry handful of lines of code. It is compatible with darn near every platform, it’s lightweight, well-documented and is maintained by diligent developers. Give it a try!
5. Text Animator for Unity $12.50 (normally $25)
Take a peek at the above image. Wiggle, shake, sliding, fade in, rolling text! We’ve all seen these awesome text animations in our favorite games. Now you can add them to your game, with a method that is much easier than DoTween’s. This text animator asset is clutch for those visual novel, RPG, and educational game developers that write a ton of dialogue.
With over 15 effects out of the box, and the ability to stack animations and integrate with other tools (like Playmaker and Dialogue System, which are next on the list), you would be smart to consider purchasing it while on sale! Also, the developer is very responsive via email and is incredibly helpful.
6. Playmaker $32.50 (usually $65)
Playmaker is the kind of asset that fills out your toolbelt, ties everything together and opens up new possibilities, especially for designers that are not keen to write thousands of lines of code. Playmaker allows you to design logic with a visual scripting engine that integrates with nearly everything. Breaking down a game’s structure into States, Actions and Events, game designers can create unique behaviors for their game without opening MonoDevelop or Visual Studio.
With excellent references to production games like Hollow Knight and Hearthstone, Playmaker is a powerful, fully supported tool you should get your hands on today!
7. Dialogue System $42.50 (typically $85)
Following the trend of designer-friendly codeless assets, Dialogue System allows you to build complex, branching and game-dependent dialogue all from within the Inspector and custom Dialogue designer (pictured above)
While $42 is definitely a steep price to pay, this asset occasionally shows up in Humble Bundle asset packs a well, so if you are on the fence about buying it, wait for one such opportunity.
8. Polygon Particle FX $19.99 (MSRP $39.99)
You may notice a trend with the assets I recommend. They usually do not include any 2D or 3D game models. While I believe game developers should do everything in their power to avoid game polish and art until they have a good prototype, I also think that if you are not a professional indie developer it’s fine to impulse buy every now and then! 😅
Polygon (unaffiliated with the website, I believe) packs, put out by Synty Studios, are some of the most amazing low-poly 3D assets, and this particle fx pack is definitely near the top of the list. It’s the type of thing you just know you will use somewhere in your projects. Make your wizard’s wand glow with flame, lightning rain down, or maybe a spritzy healing effect is more your thing. Either way, I would suggest against missing this discounted asset deal.
9. TopDown Engine $30 (normally $60)
The guys over at More Mountains have created an asset that will take your year-long top down RPG game dev and cut your timetable into tenths. The TopDown Engine is a deal unlike any other — if you are creating a top down game in 2D or 3D. This is the kind of boilerplate that helps you get started ASAP, like yesterday fast.
With great documentation, demos, and a great presence on forums and discord, this asset will never disappoint. It takes everything you need to make a top down game, from the character controller to inventory and AI, and serves it up for cheap. $30 to save hundreds of hours? Sign me up!
10. Odin — Inspector and Serializer $27.50 (usually $55)
Yes, yet another tool, but this time we are bringing richness to the developers and designers with the editors tools packaged up in Odin. Self promoted as “Unity workflow on steroids”, Odin gives you tools such as object serialization, rich inspector lists, color pickers, toggles and dictionaries, and a ton (yes I mean a TON) of great new C# attributes to bring your inspector to life.
The amount of passion and love put into this tool is as clear as day. Don’t pass up a 50% discount on Odin, I wouldn’t know what to do without it!
My list of favorite assets during this sale is certainly skewed towards developer tools and utilities, and light on art assets. As a game developer first and foremost, I enjoy building prototypes and game jam games quickly, and so tools that reduce development time are always top-of-mind for me.
Are you a game developer or designer who wants to learn Unity? Looking for some tips and tricks to help you with your next big project? Check out some of my other articles geared towards Unity developer!