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Unity 2D vs 2D toolkit

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Read each point of each comparison list to compare each feature.

Unity 2D

  1. Free, included since Unity 4.3.
  2. A few tutorials.
  3. Medium community that grows every day.
  4. Simple but fragmented workflow (many tools involved). Forced use of the Animator (visual state machine).
  5. Very good performance.
  6. Camera not adapted to multiresolution and pixel perfect, needs a plugin.
  7. No tilemap editor, needs a plugin.
  8. Animated tiles, tiles are normal sprites.
  9. No tiled sprites.
  10. Animation system based on timeline.
  11. Triggers in sprite animations.
  12. Animations are gameobjects.
  13. Sprites with different size in the same spritesheet.
  14. Sprite deep system.
  15. Texture atlas.
  16. Sprite groups with different atlas.
  17. No custom collider and shape for every sprite frame, needs a plugin.
  18. Attach points for compound sprites.
  19. Compatible with 3D world.
  20. Fragmented API because are involved many components.
  21. You can animate (from inspector) any part of a component attached to gameobject.

 

2D toolkit

  1. Third party plugin, 75$.
  2. Many tutorials.
  3. Big community.
  4. Simple workflow.
  5. Very good performance.
  6. Own camera, adapted to multiresolution and pixel perfect but complex to setup.
  7. Advanced tilemap editor system.
  8. No animated tiles, animated tiles are own sprites.
  9. Tiled sprites without animation.
  10. Animation system based on frames.
  11. Triggers in sprite animations.
  12. Animations aren’t gameobjects, own object type.
  13. Sprites with different size in the same spritesheet.
  14. Sprite deep system.
  15. Texture atlas.
  16. Sprite groups with different atlas.
  17. Custom collider and shape for every sprite frame.
  18. Attach points for compound sprites.
  19. Compatible with 3D world.
  20. Simple and documented API.

 

Conclusion

Unity 2D is a limited but with very future potential tool with fragmented workflow and exists plugins to compensate the limitations, is free and very soon will be the standard 2d manger. 2D toolkit has experienced and pay plugin without limitations but certain features are complex to use (camera) with more tools and functions. Personally, after working on a project with 2D toolkit and started another with Unity 2D, I recommend Unity 2D with this plugins.


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