Classic Game Design (2nd ed.)

From Pong to Pac-Man with Unity

Franz Lanzinger,

Classic Game Design: From Pong to Pac-Man with Unity

You too can learn to design and developclassic arcade video games like Pong, Pac-ManSpace Invaders, and Scramble. Collisiondetection, extra lives, power ups, and countless other essential design elements were inventedby the mostly anonymous designers at the early pioneering companies thatproduced these great games. In this book you’ll go step by step, using modern,free software tools such as Unity to create five games in the classicstyle, inspired by retro favorites like: Pong, Breakout, SpaceInvaders, Scramble, and Pac-Man. All the source code, art,and sound sources for the projects are available on the companion files. You'lldiscover the fun of making your own games, putting in your own color graphics,adjusting the scoring, coding the AI, and creating the sound effects. You'llgain a deep understanding of the roots of modern video game design: the classicsof the ’70s and ’80s. 


  • Uses Unity, C#, Blender, GIMP, and Audacity to make five fun classic games
  • 4-color throughout with companion files that include source code, art, and full projects (also available for downloading from the publisher by emailing proof of purchase to [email protected])
  • Includes historical anecdotes direct from one of the fabled Atari coin-op programmers
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions, dozens of exercises, and rules of classic game design
  • Contains unique insights on applying classic game design concepts to modern games.

  • ;
  • ISBN:
  • Edition:
  • Title:
  • Series:
  • Author:
  • Imprint:
  • Language:

In The Press

About The Author

Customer Reviews

Verified Buyer

Read online

If you’re using a PC or Mac you can read this ebook online in a web browser, without downloading anything or installing software.

Download file formats

This ebook is available in file types:

This ebook is available in:

After you've bought this ebook, you can choose to download either the PDF version or the ePub, or both.

DRM Free

The publisher has supplied this book in DRM Free form with digital watermarking.

Required software

You can read this eBook on any device that supports DRM-free EPUB or DRM-free PDF format.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

The publisher has supplied this book in encrypted form, which means that you need to install free software in order to unlock and read it.

Required software

To read this ebook on a mobile device (phone or tablet) you'll need to install one of these free apps:

To download and read this eBook on a PC or Mac:

  • Adobe Digital Editions (This is a free app specially developed for eBooks. It's not the same as Adobe Reader, which you probably already have on your computer.)

Limits on printing and copying

The publisher has set limits on how much of this ebook you may print or copy. See details.

  • {{ format_drm_information.format_name }} unrestricted {{ format_drm_information.format_name }} {{format_drm_information.page_percent}}% pages every day{{format_drm_information.interval}} days {{ format_drm_information.format_name }} off
Read Aloud
  • {{ read_aloud_information.format_name }} on {{ read_aloud_information.format_name }} off
Subject categories
  •  >