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Game Development for iOS with Unity3D

1st Edition

By Jeff W. Murray

A K Peters/CRC Press

280 pages | 101 B/W Illus.

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Demystifies the Processes of Game Development

Game Development for iOS with Unity3D takes you through the complete process of Unity iOS game development. A game developer for over 12 years, the author presents production-proven techniques and valuable tips and tricks needed to plan, build, test, and launch games for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. He walks you through all the necessary procedures, including how to publish your game to the App Store.

Encompasses the Whole Range of iOS Game Development

This practical book begins with advice on writing a game design document and getting Apple developer certification. It then covers the build processes of the Unity Remote application and explains how to use the Unity editor. After focusing on debugging and optimization, the author describes tips for designing and marketing a successful App Store page. The book also features two iOS-ready games to explore, adapt, and play. Source files for the game examples are available at

Guides You in Creating a Functional iOS Game

Accessible to indie game developers and small- to medium-sized studios, this hands-on guide gives you the tools and knowledge needed to start building and launching iOS games. It helps you create games using Unity3D and publish them to the App Store.

Table of Contents

Designing Your Game

It’s Not as Easy as It Looks!

Play Testing

iOS Platform-Specific Considerations

Clear Out Your Clutter

Stay Grounded in Reality


Mind Mapping

Scripting and Storyboarding

Gantt Charts

Task List Management

Software for Word Processing and Writing

Writing Game Design Documents

Why Project Manage?

Project Management for Guerillas

Set Work Time and Stick to It

Tasks Lists

Stay Healthy

Keep Communication Going

When Good Games Go Bad

Testing and Quality Assurance

What Bug Reports Should Include

Getting Set Up for iOS Development

Which Version of Unity Do You Need?

The Apple Developer Program Subscription

Choosing the Right Developer Program Subscription

A Summary of the iOS Developer Setup Process

Developer Tools

Basics of the Apple Developer Center

Overview of the Apple Developer Center Areas

Setting Up the Certificates You Need for Development

Setting Up iOS Devices to Use for Development and Testing

Setup and Download Provisioning Profiles

Setting Up Unity and Your Mac for iOS Development

Introduction to Unity

Setting Up Unity to Work with Your Apple Developer Profile

Downloading and Installing Apple Developer Certificates

What Is the Unity Remote?

Installing Unity Remote onto the Device

Naming Profiles Properly

Basics of the Unity Editor

What Makes a Unity Project?

Finding Your Way Around

Navigating the Game Scene

Finding Objects in a Scene Quickly

Unity Physics: PhysX

Building a Game in Unity iOS: The Roll-a-Ball Game

Game Overview


Making the Game

Building and Testing the Game on Your iOS Device

There’s Always Room for Improvement

Making a Kart-Racing Game

Game Overview


Making the Game

Choosing Random Textures for the Cars

Drawing the In-Game User Interface

Sound Effects

Making the Game Even Better

Debugging and Script Optimization

Introduction to the Debugger

Strategies for Wiping Out Bugs

Console Debugging

Retrieving PlayerPrefs and Application-Specific Files from an iOS Device

Script Optimization

An Introduction to the Profiler (Pro-Only Feature)

Optimizing for File Size and Performance

Texture Import Settings

Why Compression Is Important

Quality versus Quantity: What’s Available and What’s It About?

Scale and Why It’s Important

Why Audio Can Make or Break Your Game

Draw Call Batching

Occlusion Culling (Pro Feature)

Publishing to the iTunes Store

The Approval Process

What You Need to Submit to Apple

An Introduction to iTunes Connect

How to Upload Your Game to Apple for Review

What Happens Once Apple Approves Your Game for Sale?

iOS Marketing

Promotion Tips and Tricks

Thinking Outside the Box

The Democratization of Game Development: Anyone Can Make Games!

Tweaks to the Compiled Project Code in Xcode

In-App Purchases

Other Uses for Unity iOS and Available Plug-Ins to Expand Its Functionality

Tips and Questions to Ask for Porting to Other Platforms

Using TestFlight to Get Builds to Your Testers


The Unity Online Community



About the Author


Jeff W. Murray runs PsychicParrot Games, which develops iOS, Android, downloadable, and browser-based games and explores experimental game technologies such as brainwave readers and robotics. He has programmed and designed games as a hobby for nearly 30 years and has worked in game development and browser-based entertainment for over 12 years, working with companies such as Microsoft, RealNetworks, and Sony.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Computer Graphics
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games