Actions are one of the core features behind Game Creator. They allow to animate characters, activate interruptors, move objects, and a long etcetera.
To create an Action, right click on the Hierarchy Panel and select
Game Creator → Actions. Alternatively you can also add the Actions component to any Game Object or click on the Actions button from the Game Creator Toolbar.
An Action is a single instruction that when executed "does something". For example, the action Wait puts the execution on hold for a number of seconds.
Here's an example of an action called Play Sound.
To add a new Action click on the Add Action button. A categorized dropdown window will appear. You can navigate using your mouse or the keyboard.
Select which action you want to add and it will automatically be added at the end of the list.
You can configure the behavior of an Action at the end of the component.
Run in background checkbox is marked the Action will always be executed when called. If the checkbox is left unmarked, if another Actions object is being executed and is set to run in the foreground, the first one won't be executed.
Game Creator is all about fast development. If you want to destroy an Actions object after all its instructions have been executed, mark this checkbox.
Game Creator comes with a wide variety of pre-made Actions that will help you kickstart your project right away. Here's the complete list of Actions that Game Creator comes with.
Adventure Camera Settings
Change the settings of an Adventure Camera Motor
Changes the currently active camera motor
Changes the Culling Mask of the main camera
Changes the smoothness in which the camera follows its target destination
Shakes the camera for a limited time
Keeps the camera shaking for an unspecified time
Fixed Camera Settings
Changes the settings of a Fixed Camera motor
Follow Camera Settings
Changes the settings of a Follow Camera motor
FPS Camera Settings
Changes the settings of a FPS Camera motor
Railway Camera Settings
Changes the settings of a Railway Camera motor
Target Camera Settings
Changes the settings of a Target Camera motor
Attaches a prefab instance to a character bone or removes an attachment
Changes the direction in which the character looks while idle, walking or running
Makes a Character follow a target keeping a distance within a min and max radius
Plays an animation on a Character once. For more information on Gestures, click here.
Makes a Character hand reach for a target using Inverse Kinematics
Changes the Inverse Kinematics settings of a Character
Makes a Character Jump
Changes the 3D model of a Character, retargeting all bones to the new ones
Makes a Character move towards a certain position using the Navigation Mesh, if any.
Change a Character property, such as Height, Is Controllable, Radius, ...
Changes the ragdoll state of the character
Changes or resets the State of a Character. For more information on States click here.
Character State Weight
Change a Character's State weight or influence
Character Stop Gesture
Forces a Character to stop the Gesture that it is currently being played
Instantaneously moves a Character from its position to a new one
Makes a Character's head look at a target using Inverse Kinematics
Player Movement Input
Changes the input scheme of the Player
Changes the Cursor image and center
Opens the web browser and a specific webpage
Changes the quality settings of the game
Exits the Application
Game Creator comes with an optimized Audio Manager that reuses audio sources in a ring-buffer so your game doesn't experience hiccups when playing many sound effects at a time. Audio is divided in 2 categories
Music: Background music set in a loop. You can change it by cross-fading between multiple tracks.
Sounds: Or Sound Effects. These are small sounds that are played only once.
Pauses all audio effects
Plays a music track allowing you to fade it in
Plays a single sound shot
Play Sound 3D
Similar to Play Sound but allowing you to specify the source of the sound
Stops the background music, allowing you to fade it out
Force a sound effect currently being played to stop
Changes the volume of the background music, sound effects or both of them
These Actions allow to easily test your game and spot errors. These won't have any impact on your final game build.
Pauses the Editor
Write a text message in the Console, using a Warning, Information or Error flags
Prints the name of a Game Object through the Console
Prints the value of a Variable through the Console
Execute an Actions object and allows you to either continue the execution or wait till these Actions are finished to resume
Cancels the execution of an Actions object
Changes the language of the game. All localized strings will be automatically updated
This Action does nothing and only serves to write down a note for the developer
Executes a Conditions object, allowing you to continue the execution of wait till the Conditions are finished and resume
Dispatches a named event. More information about Event Dispatchers here.
Change the general gravity
Allows you to call any method from any component as long as it has zero or one parameter
Restarts the execution of the current Actions object
Changes the time scale as well as the fixed time scale. Useful for pausing the game or making a slow-motion effect.
Waits some seconds before jumping to the next instruction
Adds a Component to a target
Sends a Trigger, Bool, Integer or String parameter to an Animator
Changes the Animator Layer properties of a given Animator
Change the Material of a Game Object
Changes the Texture of a Material. By default it changes the Albedo texture but can also modify any input texture
Destroys a target Game Object
Enables or Disables a game object component
Creates an instance of a prefab or another game object and places it at a certain position and rotation
Changes the Light properties of a Game Object
Makes a Game Object face at a target. The Z axis will be aligned towards the target
Nearest with Component
Stores in a variable the nearest (if any) Game Object with a certain component within a certain radius
Nearest in LayerMask
Stores in a variable the nearest (if any) Game Object within a certain radius that belongs to a layer mask
Nearest with Tag
Stores in a variable the nearest (if any) Game Object within a certain radius that has a specific tag
Apply forces to any Game Object with a Rigidbody
Call a method from any component using the SendMessage API
Enables or disables a Game Object
Plays a Timeline object
Changes the Transform properties of Game Object, such as the scale, position, rotation and parent
Smoothly moves an object from A to B at a specified duration
Smoothly rotates an object to match an Euler rotation
Transform Rotate Towards
Smoothly rotates an object to face a given target
Executes a Trigger object
Game Creator has a robust built-in save system that keeps track of most important information in order to safely restore the state of a game when loading a previous game.
Each game save is stored in a slot. Each slot is called Profile and you can store up to 99 different game saves.
For example, if you save the game at a given point in
Profile 3, you can later on reload the game loading the
Changes the current active profile
Deletes a Profile along with all its saved data
Loads the game (either using the current profile or a specified one)
Load Last Game
Loads the last saved game from any profile. Useful when having a "Continue" button in your main menu
Saves the game content at the current profile location or a specified one
Loads a scene by name. A scene can be loaded as a single instance or additively. Click here for more information.
Load Scene with Player
Similar to Load Scene but also allows to make the Player start a a given location. Useful when a scene can be entered from multiple points
Unload Scene Async
Unloads an additive scene asynchronously and reports complete when the scene is unloaded
UI Actions allow Game Creator to interact with UI elements and even create small but useful animations.
Changes the settings of a Canvas Group over time. Useful for fading in and out entire UI Panels.
Change Font Size
Changes the font size of a Text component
Changes the text of a Text component
Changes the tint color of either a Text or an Image
Changes the sprite of an Image component
Messages section is a work in progress Actions list that will allow you to display information on screen.
Displays a simple message on top of a UI element. Useful for prototyping conversations
Displays a floating message on top of an object with a certain offset. Useful to display multiple conversations simultaneously
There are mainly three types of Variables:
How Game Creator interacts with them is done through the use of the following Actions. For more information about Variables click here.
Add to List Variables
Adds a new element to a List Variables object
Clear List Variables
Removes all element from a List Variables
List Variables Iterate
Execute an Action having as Invoker each of the different elements of the List Variables
Remove from List Variables
Remove an element from a List Variables
List Variables Select
Picks an element from the List Variables and store it in a Local or Global Variable
Generates a random value between min and max and stores it in a Variable
Assign a value of true or false to a Variable
Assign a Color value to a Variable
Variable Game Object
Assign a Game Object value to a Variable
Assign a numeric value to a Variable
Assign a Sprite value to a Variable
Assign a text value to a Variable
Assign a Texture2D value to a Variable
Assign a Vector2 value to a Variable
Assign a Vector3 value to a Variable
Reverts to the default value of a Variable
Add a value to a numeric Variable
Divides the value of a Variable for a certain value
Allows to perform a Math operation using a string-based formula
Multiplies the Variable value by another value
Subtracts the Variable value with another one