May 5, 2016

I am not really a shopaholic, but the Unity Asset Store occasionally makes me question that assertion. I tweeted about spending a good amount of money yesterday buying asset packages, and there was quite a bit of interest in what they were, so I wanted to share the asset packages that I’ve bought that I’m loving with some of my current projects.

Note: these are only paid packages – I’ll have to do another post to cover all of the amazing free content that I use regularly and give some shoutouts there. As a non-artist, I am eternally thankful for people who share their talents through publishing asset packages for us to use.

Low Poly: Full Pack by AxeyWorks – $19

I am obsessed with low-poly, cartoon styled environments and this one has been excellent for the basics. In my most recent project, I’ve been spending a lot of time working on environment design, and this package contained quite a few key elements that I was looking for – a bridge, graveyard models, fences, and – most importantly – a modular dungeon set that I used extensively.

Dreamscapes 2.0 by Shapes – $50

I got this when it was on a 24-hour sale at $35, and I am in love with the look and feel of this package for terrain building. The assets are absolutely gorgeous, and the tree/detail sprites have helped me create a beautiful scene that had exactly the aesthetic I was looking for. I don’t know that I would have bought this full-priced, but it was definitely worth the sale price. The publisher also has a few free packages that you can try out to get a sense of their work before buying a full package, which I thought was a great option for checking that it had the style I was looking for.

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Dreamscapes terrain with Polyworld Vistas in the background

PolyWorld: Low Poly Vistas by Quantum Theory – $15

I find myself reusing this package a lot, and the assets are really nicely made. I use these models for backgrounds in my scenes a lot, and there are several different biomes to choose from. I think that this package was meant to go alongside some of the other Quantum Theory PolyWorld packages, which I’ll probably pick up at some point in the near future.

Ultimate Christmas Pack Bundle by Damaged Grounds – $15

This was a really great package for building out the start of a Christmas-themed level in KittenVR. The package contains presents, trees, decorations, cookies, lights, ornaments, and more, and included some miniatures with a few animations as well. For creating basic low-poly holiday themed scenes, this one is a must-have.

Cartoon Forest Environment by Doubstract – $5

This was the first asset package that I used for KittenVR, and it was a really great option for low-impact prototyping and early levels for VR development. Unfortunately, this asset package has been deprecated, but the value it provided for the cost was really excellent – a few basic cartoon trees, bushes, fences, buildings, and smaller objects were all included with colliders and great materials. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one to see if the author updates for Unity 5 – it was a great deal.

Asset Hunter by Heureka Games – $10

I am an indecisive asset adder. If I find a promising package for an object I’m looking for, I’ll immediately download and import the entire thing into my project. Asset Hunter is a plugin that deletes unused assets for your application after you’ve built it, and it’s been a game changer for me once my projects are finished up and ready to have some final builds. Once you have an initial build, running Asset Hunter lets you see what assets are unused, and then clear out the ones that you don’t want to keep. Definitely recommended if you’re asset-happy like I am!

What are some of your favorite Unity Assets and packages? What absolutely has to be used in your projects? Leave your favorites in the comments below!

 

 

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