The most popular engines in the game industry are Unreal Engine and Unity.
Unity is mostly used by mobile arcade authors and indie developers, but this doesn’t mean that the mass audience is skipping Unity games – just think of Pokemon Go, Disco Elysium and Escape from Tarkov.
Unreal is often the basis for AAA class video games – blockbusters like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Mortal Kombat 11, which will inspire even those who enjoy playing real pokies online, but Unity is still an engine that is favored by plenty of indie developers, as well as some of the blockbuster releases you all know and love.
Here are some of the brightest Unity releases for you to check out!
Gone Home (2013)
Gone Home is one of the first walking simulators. According to the plot, the protagonist returns to an empty house and must find out where her family is missing.
You can explore the house at your own pace. Interactive objects are few, there are no puzzles, but the environment is well designed.
Pillars of Eternity (2015)
Pillars of Eternity is an isometric RPG, deliberately referring to the Baldur’s Gate series and its peers. Obsidian did a professional job with Unity – critics praised the visual effects, three-dimensional character models, and two-dimensional scenery.
The then-independent Obsidian raised money for Pillars of Eternity on Kickstarter. Now it belongs to Microsoft, and Redmond corporation doesn’t cut the studio any corners. Obsidian is simultaneously working on AAA novels The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed.
Ori and the Blind Forest (2015)
Ori and the Blind Forest is an incredibly beautiful 2D game. According to the genre it is a metroidvania: the forest spirit Ori gradually acquires abilities and through them gets access to new areas.
In contrast to the fabulous visuals, there is the hardcore gameplay. Orie will die dozens and hundreds of times before you reach the ending. The combination of charming graphics and diabolical difficulty of Ori and the Blind Forest is reminiscent of Rayman.
Kerbal Space Program (2015)
Kerbal Space Program invites you to build rockets, orbital stations and bases on other celestial bodies. The process is complex, but it is diluted with hilarious physics.
You help not humanity, but funny green creatures kerbals. Time after time the Kerbonauts’ rockets crash on takeoff, but they don’t want to give up!
Cities: Skylines (2015)
Cities: Skylines is an urban strategy game inspired by SimCity. The developers from Colossal Order have been releasing additions to it regularly for seven years now.
Cities: Skylines has already sold over 12 million copies. A fantastic achievement for a strategy game.
Inside is a puzzle platformer from the authors of Limbo. Originally Danish Playdead used their own engine, on which Limbo was based, but for the simplification of development moved to Unity.
As a result, gamers received a small masterpiece with smooth animation, solid puzzles, and a mysterious world. Fans have come up with several theories to explain what happens in Inside – Playdead doesn’t comment on them.
Pokémon Go (2016)
Pokémon Go rests on three “pillars” – Pokémon (cute monsters), elements of augmented reality and GPS. Your smartphone acts as a portal connecting the real and virtual worlds. You use the GPS to find Pokémon, point your phone at them, and start a fight.
Pokemon Go was much talked about and written about in the year of its launch. Now it is rarely mentioned in the media. In reality, the project has not lost its popularity and still brings Niantic and Nintendo a lot of money. The number of Pokémon in the game has already exceeded 700.
Disco Elysium (2019)
Disco Elysium is an unusual RPG. Instead of battles, it has clever dialogues. Instead of elves, a policeman investigating a murder. Instead of a fantasy country – a mix of East Berlin and Paris after the Great Revolution.
The game is extremely funny, which isn’t typical for classical isometric RPGs.
Untitled Goose Game (2019)
Untitled Goose Game invites you to inhabit the body of a goose and make mischief at full throttle. The task is to pester the inhabitants of a small town.
The goose opens faucets, pulls hats, takes a stool out from under a man who has prepared to sit down… All in all, an incredibly fun and lighthearted game for the evening.
Genshin Impact (2020)
Genshin Impact is an action/RPG with an open world. It’s distributed on a free-to-play model, so millions of people quickly signed up for it.
And they haven’t abandoned it. The anime-inspired image and good optimization are to blame. Genshin Impact was a great demonstration of Unity’s capabilities.
Do you have a favorite Unity game?