General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Adso Fernández Baena

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Lasse Loepfe
Albert Carrillo Sorolla 


Basic skills
  • B3_Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • V6. Develop video games in high-level programming languages ​​in graphics engines based on specifications.

  • V15. Design and plan quality assurance strategies, test and data analysis of video games and interactive products.

Transversal competences
  • T1_That students know a third language, which will be preferably English, with an adequate level of oral and written form, according to the needs of the graduates in each degree


  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources



The subject introduces the student to the programming of 2D games. The main tool used is Unity, although the course focuses more on the key concepts of game development and not on the specific tool used to implement the examples and practices.

During the development of 3 independent projects the main concepts are theoretically introduced in the first classes with small examples that students can experience. Once the concepts have been explained, the students carry out their project, with the support of the teacher at all times during the classes. The games must be delivered on time and in the proper form.

The exam consists of implementing in a practical and eoric way concepts presented in class.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students must be able to:

E6.1. Design the software architecture of a video game according to specifications.

E6.6. Develop 2D and 3D video games (or parts thereof) in high-level languages ​​on platforms and engines designed for this purpose.

Working methodology

The subject uses the following work methodologies:

Master class, Video capsules, Problem solving and Small group laboratory.



Topic 1: Character Controller

           1.1 Pattern Command

1.2 Character Movement

1.3 Controller Assignment


Topic 2: Physics & HUD

2. 1 Observe pattern

2. 2 Joints

2. 3 Events


Theme 3: Camera

3. 1 Camera Follow

           3, 2 Camera Shake

3 Smoothing

3. 4 Game Loop

3. 5 Coroutines


Topic 4: SOLID Principles



Topic 5: Physics for dynamic platformer environments


5. 1 Jumping

5. 2 Wall Bouncing


Topic 6: IK

6. 1 Descent Gradient

6. 2 IK Logic


Topic 7: Combat and Enemies

           7. 1 Finite State Machines

7. 2 Enemy movement & Health

7. 3 AI

7. 3. 1 Patrolling on platforms

7. 3. 3 Edge detection

7. 3. 4 Player detection

7. 3. 5 Behavioral trees

Topic 8 Spawning & Procedural Generation

           9. 1 Prototype Pattern

           9. 2 Factory Pattern

           9. 3 Pooling

           9. 4 World Generation


Topic 9: GUI & Dialogue System

8. 2 Juicy UI animations

8. 3 GUI Architecture

8. 4 Custom Event system

           8 Dialog System

8. 6. 1 External data sheets

8. 6. 2 Location

8. 6. 3 Dialogue trees


Learning activities

With the aim of collecting evidence of the achievement of the expected learning outcomes, the following activities of an evaluative nature will be carried out (related to all the common competences):


The practices try to develop a 2D platform game in which the students will have to implement a solution to the problems that this type of games poses and that are explained in class. Teachers will make clear the features that the game must have and what elements it must have. Students will be able to decide how to implement them and propose different strategies (mechanics, types of enemies, traps ...) where their ability as programmers is demonstrated.


A1. Laboratory practice: 2D Video Game Project - Game 1 (Evidence of learning outcome E6.1 and E6.6)

Physics + Player Control + Camera

A2. Laboratory practice: 2D Video Game Project - Game 2 (Evidence of learning outcome E6.1 and E6.6)

Platformer Physics + AI Enemies + Dialog System

A3. Laboratory practice: 2D Video Game Project - Game 3 (Evidence of learning outcome E6.1 and E6.6)

Procedural generation

A4. Final practical and theoretical exam (Evidence of all learning outcomes)


General criteria of the activities:

  • The teacher will present a statement for each activity and the evaluation and / or rubric criteria.
  • The teacher will inform of the dates and format of the delivery of the activity.

Evaluation system

The grade of each student will be calculated following the following percentages:

A1. Laboratory practice: 2D Video Game Project - Game 1 15%

A2. Laboratory practice: 2D Video Game Project - Game 2 15%

A3. Laboratory practice: 2D Video Game Project - Game 3 15%

A4. Final practical and theoretical exam 55%

Final grade = A1 0.15 + A2 0.15 + A3 0.15 + A4 0.55



  • You must obtain a grade higher than 5 in the final exam to pass the subject.
  • You must obtain a grade higher than 5 a in the average of the practices to approve the asignatura.
  • The maximum grade that can be obtained in the extraordinary call will be 5.

  • An activity not delivered or delivered late and without justification (court summons or medical matter) counts as a 0.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to prevent plagiarism in all its forms. In the case of detecting a plagiarism, regardless of its scope, in some activity it will correspond to have a note of 0. In addition, the professor will communicate to the Head of Studies the situation so that measures applicable in matter of sanctioning regime are taken. .



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