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Intro to 2D Side Scrollers in Unreal Engine 4

by Patrick Haslow

The indie game renaissance in 2D side scroller gaming has produced successful titles, such as Cuphead, BroForce, and CaveStory+. This course will show you how to create a sprite-based game level with basic running, shooting, and jumping gameplay.

What you'll learn

2D side scroller games continue to enjoy popularity with a time-tested formula of running, jumping, and shooting through the fun obstacle course of long, horizontal game levels. One of the great and easy ways to build these games is through the use of sprite art for all facets of the game. In this course, Intro to 2D Side Scrollers in Unreal Engine 4, you'll be introduced to Unreal Engine's easy and intuitive Paper 2D system, and will explore ways to make the player and world come to life through a combination of sprite animations, environment tiles, and Blueprint logic. First, you'll delve into importing sprite art. Then, you'll discover how to to use it for both the player character and the game level. Finally, you'll learn how to bring it all together to create your very own game. By the end of this course, you'll have the fundamental knowledge to quickly create and animate new gameplay possibilities to fit within your 2D side scrolling design. Software required: Unreal Engine 4.

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About the author

Patrick Haslow transitioned from a commercial artist to a game developer, driven by a love of video games and imagination. He has worked extensively in the US and Canada on AAA multiplayer and single player games to craft exciting large and small scale player experiences.

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