Unity is a powerful engine. Whether you’re an indie dev or a well-known studio, Unity has the horsepower to bring your creative vision to life. And with such a versatile engine at your disposal, there are no limits on the sorts of experiences you can create.
Let’s take a walk through the Hall of Fame, exploring some of the best games made with Unity to date.
10 Best Games Made with Unity
In no particular order, let’s jump right into the list of Unity games.
- Genre: Run & Gun / Platform
- Developer: Studio MDHR
- Release Date: September 29, 2017
- Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox One, Switch
Cuphead took the world by storm upon release in 2017. It’s hard to innovate with a 2D sidescrolling arcade shooter, but the development team had an ace up their sleeve: the entire game is done with hand-drawn animation. Evoking the golden era of cartoons from the mid-20th century, it’s beautiful to see in motion. And fortunately, it’s just as fun to play as it is to watch. While Unity can sometimes be faulted for its haphazard 2D support, Cuphead is proof that a determined team can make something magical.
If you feel like breaking a controller or two, you can get Cuphead on Xbox One, Switch, Windows, and MacOS.
- Genre: Survival / Action-Adventure
- Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
- Release Date: January 23, 2018
- Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
Is there a Let’s Play-er or Streamer who hasn’t played Subnautica? The ubiquitous underwater survival game was once plastered across the net. Even today, there’s still a dedicated following of players and content creators sharing their stories. Build an aquatic base and explore the depths in your very own submarine. Just don’t let the Leviathans catch you down there in the dark. The sequel (subtitled “Below Zero”) delivers even more “hunt or be hunted” goodness. And the Unity engine brings stellar visuals to the underwater scenes to really sell the experience.
Set a course for survival on Xbox One, PS3, Windows, and MacOS.
8. Cities: Skylines
- Genre: City Building
- Developer: Colossal Order
- Release Date: March 10, 2015
- Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Let’s face it: city building fans had a rough go after the release of SimCity 4. There simply wasn’t another game ready to take up the mantle. Years passed, and then Colossal Order put Unity to work, spawning a city builder with next-gen graphics and deep systems.
Building a city has never looked so good, and managing the infrastructure of your city adds enough complexity to keep you planning. With plenty of content updates and expansions in the years since its release, Cities: Skylines continues to dazzle aspiring mayors with the greatest city simulation since Maxis closed its doors.
Build the city of your dreams on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, as well as Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch.
- Genre: Survival
- Developer: Facepunch Studios
- Release Date: December 11, 2013
- Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One
After the wild success of Garry’s Mod, developer Facepunch Studios set out to distinguish themselves as more than just crazy sandbox tool creators. The result was the Unity-powered Rust—one of the most intense and gripping multiplayer experiences of the era. It was one of the first major multiplayer survival games, and it set the standard that others like Ark: Survival Evolved continue to learn and build from. Rust starts players from scratch in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. You can clan up with other players, build bases, and scavenge your way to some semblance of civilization. But at any moment, a raiding party of better-equipped players could sweep it all away. Our recommendation? Sleep with something sharp beneath your pillow.
If this sounds right up your alley, you can channel Mad Max on Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
- Genre: Digital CCG
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Release Date: March 11, 2014
- Platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android
Even triple-A studios love Unity. Blizzard chose to build their free-to-play digital card game with the engine, and the result is a multiplatform experience unlike any other. Bring your card collection with you between PC, phone, and tablet. The goal, of course, is to build a deck strong enough to climb the ladder to Legend status. Or, if you’re like me, you can spend your time building off-meta Wild decks just for the fun of it.
Just-for-fun Tavern Brawl modes and the elite Arena keep the gameplay fresh even after hundreds of hours. For fans of TCGs like Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon, you’ll be right at home in Hearthstone. Build your killer Face Hunter deck on Windows, MacOS, iOS, or Android.
5. Kerbal Space Program
- Genre: Simulation
- Developer: Squad
- Release Date: June 24, 2011
- Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U
In Kerbal Space Program, the gameplay is literally rocket science. Start your own space program and sling your Kerbals across the cosmos. Of course, it’s easier said than done—keeping your Kerbals from exploding or becoming lost in space requires practice and forethought. You have the chance to test your theories with a deep spaceship construction system. And when you think you’ve got something serviceable, put it on the launchpad and ride your controlled explosions to the stars. Beloved by players and actual scientists the world over, KSP has an incredible amount of depth and authenticity. And it’s all made possible with Unity.
Aspiring rocketry buffs can set a course on Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
4. Untitled Goose Game
- Genre: Stealth / Puzzle
- Developer: House House
- Release Date: September 20, 2019
- Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
And now for something completely different. Untitled Goose Game grants players the opportunity of a lifetime: be the goose you always knew you could be. Pester the hapless villagers, steal their things, flap your wings, and honk to your heart’s content. Believe it or not, there are even objectives to complete, like “throw the farmer’s rake in the pond.” Trust me, its more fun than it sounds. While it doesn’t exactly push Unity to its limits, it’s yet another blockbuster multiplatform title making good on Unity’s portable design.
You can goose people on Xbox One, PS3, Switch, Windows, and MacOS.
3. Risk of Rain 2
- Genre: Roguelike
- Developer: Hopoo Games
- Release Date: March 27, 2019
- Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
The sequel to the wildly popular roguelike, Risk of Rain 2 takes things to the next level by adding the third dimension. It’s currently in early access, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell by playing it. Loot your way through procedurally populated maps as you kill everything that moves on your way to defeating the boss creatures guarding the portal. It sounds simple, but no two playthroughs turn out quite the same.
Developer Hopoo Games wields Unity to good effect here. The graphics are pleasantly stylized, and excellent controls make the game a joy to play. Blast your way to victory on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and Windows.
2. Monument Valley
- Genre: Puzzle
- Developer: ustwo studio Ltd.
- Release Date: April 3, 2014
- Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Critical acclaim and rave reviews made Monument Valley one of the biggest mobile games of its time. And if you didn’t know better, you’d be hard-pressed to guess that Unity is the engine driving it. The innovative gameplay loop, involving manipulating Escher-style impossible architecture to reach the exit, is still charming and fun today. And if you really like the calming, cerebral gameplay, there’s a sequel for more hours of mind-bending puzzles.
Chill out with a good mental challenge on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone (if you still happen to have one).
1. Escape from Tarkov
- Genre: Action / RPG
- Developer: Battlestate Games
- Release Date: July 28, 2017 (beta)
- Platforms: PC
Despite still being in closed beta, Escape from Tarkov has taken the Twitch world by storm. It blends elements from the survival, battle royale, and role-playing genres to create an entirely unique experience. You’ll stumble into massive gunfights as you sneak and shoot your way across Tarkov. Trade with NPCs, loot a backpack full of goodies, and make your final stand at an extraction point with a friend or two. It’s an innovative shooter that proves large-scale multiplayer is possible with Unity, and then some.
Check out our preview, then make your escape on Windows today.