Quick guide to the Unity Asset Store
The Asset Store is home to thousands of free or affordably priced assets that save critical time and effort for Unity creators. In this guide, we’ll explain what each asset is, help you navigate the store and show you how to download and install the assets into Unity.
What is the Unity Asset Store?
The Unity Asset Store is a growing library of Assets. Both Unity Technologies and members of the community create these Assets and publish them to the store. There are various types of Assets in the store ranging from textures, animations and models to entire Project examples, tutorials and Editor extensions. There is a mix of free and affordable commercial Assets that you can download directly into your Unity Project. You can become a publisher on the Asset store and sell your Unity creations.
You can visit the Unity Asset Store in a couple of ways: either visit the website, or through the Unity Game Engine. To access the store via the Game Engine, open your Project and go to Window > Asset Store.
Note: It is faster and easier to download and import assets through the Unity Engine. However, there are more assets available on the website version.
What is a Unity Asset?
A Unity asset is an item that you can use in your game or Project. An asset may come from a file created outside of Unity, such as a 3D model, an audio file, an image, or any of the other types of file that Unity supports. There are also some asset types that you can create within Unity, such as an Animator Controller, an Audio Mixer or a Render Texture.
The Asset store is sorted into the different types of assets available. Here’s a breakdown of what each asset type is:
The 3D assets section includes vehicles, characters, props, vegetation and animations. Unity’s humanoid animation retargeting means you can mix and match characters and animations from various sources.
Top rated 3d assets:
1. Nature Starter Kit 2 contains trees and bushes compatible with the built-in tree generator, so you can easily create all kinds of new variations of your own. Edit the shapes and colors of the plants right inside Unity!
2. Simple Town - Cartoon Assets is a collection of content that’s suitable for nearly every purpose imaginable. It's everything you need to prototype, and can be used for any type of game genre.
3. FPS Weapons is a high quality collection of animated first person weapons. There are over 34 weapon types to choose from, each with fire, reload, hide and ready animations, plus matching sound effects. It also includes two characters with 3rd person animations, and a simple demo scene is set up to test the weapons out of the box.
The 2D assets section includes sprites, textures, characters, environments, fonts, materials and UI elements.
Top rated 2d assets:
1. Skybox Volume 2 (Nebula) is a package of various high quality, beautiful nebulae of different colors and planets that’s perfect for any space genre project.
2. Mighty Heroes (Rogue) 2D Fantasy Characters Pack is a project containing 6 characters with Unity animations. And lots of clothes and weapons for customization and creation of new characters.
3. 2D Forest Pack is a high quality, beautiful forest scene that comes with 120 recomposable sprites, 37 prefabs, 4 particle presets and a demo scene. This asset will make your scenes look amazing.
Adds-ons are more advanced features you can import into your Project. Browse here for features such as Unity Ads, analytics, and in-app purchases.
Sound design is an important component to create an immersive and emotionally-charged game experience. Finding the perfect music to go with your game isn’t easy, but you don’t have to make it from scratch. Audio has a library of sound files that you can use to enrich the user experience of your project.
The Unity Asset Store has a variety of free and affordable audio assets, including ambient, music, and sound effects, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Top rated audio:
1. Casual Game SFX Pack is a collection of free, original hand-crafted one-shot sound effects. It contains essential audio material covering most events of any casual game, from short blips for bonuses, juicy explosion sounds, tight snappy clicks for tile removal, ticking clocks for depicting the level running out of time, etc.
2. Universal Sound FX has over 5,000 sound effects you can use across any game genre.
3. Absolutely Free Music is a free collection of music in a variety of styles that you can use in all your projects. The package contains anything from trance, orchestral, instrumental, rock, symphorock, etc.
The Templates section allows you to download various tutorials and starter packs, a great section especially for beginners.
Top rated templates:
1. Tanks Multiplayer is an action packed multiplayer template running on Unity Networking or Photon Unity Networking. Play in one of four different teams with up to 12 players per room and compete for the highest team deathmatch score.
2. Corgi Engine - 2D + 2.5D Platformer is a complete platformer solution for Unity. It's a tight character controller for your game. It's very fast and works on desktop, mobile, and anywhere you want. This is the perfect asset to create the 2D + 2.5D platformer or run & gun game you want!
3. Top Down 2D RPG Kit lets you create your own top down 2D RPG with 100+ well documented, modular and fully customizable scripts.
Top rated tools:
1. GAIA is an all in one terrain and scene generation system for both artists and programmers. This 5-star tool allows you to easily create environments in minutes by stamping textures, mountains, rivers, trees, buildings and props, skies and lighting.
2. Final IK is a collection of Inverse Kinematics solutions which help provide beautiful motion for both humanoid and non-humanoid models in your projects.
3. Easy Roads 3D is a powerful road terrain generator which lets you create unique road networks directly in Unity based on your own models.
Visually enhance your Unity project with visual effects. These include particle effects and shaders.
Top rated VFX assets:
1. Unity Particle Pack is a set of sample particle assets to use in your games, and to help you understand how to achieve certain effects using the Unity Particle System component and modules.
2. Post Processing Stack is an über effect that combines a complete set of image effects into a single post-process pipeline.
3. Realistic Effects Pack 4 provides a diverse array of spectacular particle effects to bring your project to life.
Navigating the Unity Asset Store
You can access the Unity Asset Store through the website or the Unity Game Engine. To access in the Unity Game Engine, open your Project in Unity and go to Window > Asset Store. This opens a new tab in the Editor.
The steps below will help guide you through your visit to the Asset Store website.
Scroll down on the main page to find recommended assets, new assets, popular assets, and others, in clearly labelled sections.
Click the Plus/Pro button near the top of the page to only show assets marked 20% off for Plus or Pro subscribers.
Click the Impressive New Assets button to browse some recently created assets selected by the Asset Store Content Curators.
- Click the folder icon to view the assets you have already purchased.
- Each asset has a heart icon you can click on to save it as a favourite. Click the heart symbol at the top of the page to view the assets you have saved.
- Click the bell symbol to see your notification feed. It contains useful information about packages you interact with.
- Click the cart symbol to view the assets you have bookmarked to buy.
There are categories at the top of the page. Click on one of these categories to filter the assets.
Use the search bar to search through every asset in the Asset store. Click the All Assets dropdown to view the Asset categories. Click on one of the categories to narrow down your search.
A page like this appears after you click on one of the categories:
Click on one of the categories at the left to further narrow-down your search.
Also, you can use the dropdown menus under the banner to filter your search. For example, use the Price menu to look for assets within your price range by using the slider.
Use the Sort By dropdown menu to change the order of the Assets according to your preferences.
Download an asset
Downloading an asset is very similar in both the Engine and the website.
Otherwise, click the Add to Cart button if you are happy with the purchase.
Make sure to read through any Terms of the assets and click the Accept button if you agree with them.
How do I install assets in Unity?
There are multiple ways you can install assets in your Unity Project:
Through the Unity Engine
After you have downloaded an asset from the Asset store through the Unity Engine, the Download or Add to Cart button changes to an Import button.
Click this button to import the asset into your open Unity Project. This causes a checklist to pop up which allows you to choose which files in the asset package you want to import.
When you are ready, click the Import button. Your Unity Project will load the assets into your Assets folder.
Through the Website
Click the Log In button at the top right of the website and log into your Unity account if you haven’t already. Find and click the asset you want to download. Next, click the Add to My Assets button to save an asset to your account. Make sure to read through the Terms that are associated with the asset. Click the Accept button if you agree to the terms. This causes a popup to show up similar to this:
Click the Open in Unity button to show this asset in the Unity Engine version of the Asset store. From here, you can now click the Import button to import the asset into your Unity Project.
Click the Go to My Assets button to view the assets you have already chosen.
Another way to import assets into your Unity Project is for you to open your Project in the Unity Engine and click Import New Asset or go to Assets > Import Package > Custom Package, and locate your asset on your computer.
The last way is to locate your asset on your computer, and click and drag them into your Unity Project Asset folder.
How do I become an Asset Store publisher?
You too can publish your Unity creations on the Asset store.
Follow these steps to become a publisher: