Unity has announced the Lego Microgame, a new way to learn how to develop games using virtual forms of the colorful plastic bricks that have destroyed the feet of parents around the world.
"Our latest Microgame release allows you to discover a joyful experience building with virtual LEGO bricks as you learn how to use Unity’s fundamental systems," read the blog post from Unity's Kay Woolley and Yat Chi Lau. "Create and play your first game then publish it to Unity’s hosting site for user-generated games, where you can show off and share your new creation with friends and the larger Unity community."
This isn't the first Unity Microgame, mind. Just under one year ago, the engine developer launched a similar project to help people create first-person shooters.
How Does the Lego Microgame Work?
Unity is probably one of the easiest engines to develop a game with, but people still need to learn how to actually use it. That's why the Lego Microgame was created.
Essentially, various Lego bricks have been imbued with special abilities. These Lego bricks can be placed into the world to create various kinds of gameplay behavior such as elevators and moving platforms, timers, playing audio sounds, and more.
This new Microgame isn't terribly complex, mind — you're hardly likely to create a magnum opus with the basic tools provided in this system. It will, however, give you a good chance of gaining an understanding of the fundamental systems of game design in the Unity engine.
If you're even remotely curious about trying your hand at game development, this new Unity Microgame is a fine way to try it out for yourself. You can get started by downloading the Lego Microgame for free.
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