Epic Games Launches Unreal Match 3 to Help Developers Make Games

By Brandy Shaul Comment

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Epic Games has announced the release of Unreal Match 3, a mobile match-three puzzle game built with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). While the game is available for users to play as a traditional game, it was built to be a learning resource to help aspiring developers learn to make their own games and apps using UE4.

Unreal Match 3 was developed by Epic Games’ learning resources team in ‘just a few months,’ and the full project, including its art assets, Blueprint scripts and source code, are available to download for free via the Unreal Engine Learn tab of the Epic Games Launcher.

Unreal Match 3 was created using many of the tools available in UE4, and can help users learn more about game monetization, as well as how to add features like achievements and leaderboards to their games, as examples.

Lauren Ridge, technical writer at Epic Games, told SocialTimes:

With making video games, there are many areas where seeing it in practice is key to learning the development process. Whether it’s how to divide your project’s logic between C++ code and Blueprint visual scripting, or communicating with external mobile services, we’ve worked to incorporate a lot of that information into Unreal Match 3. Our overall goal for the project is to show as many angles of creating with Unreal Engine 4 as we can by giving people the final product, the complete project and assets to dive into, and documentation walking through the steps we take along the way.

Our team always operates with the goal of teaching engine features and project design in a way that anyone can learn. We’re thrilled that we’ve shipped something that is also eye-catching and really fun as a part of the process. If someone plays Unreal Match 3, and gets that spark of, “Hey, I would like to make something like that,” and decides to check out the engine and learn more about making games —that’s the ultimate win for us.

Unreal Match 3 is available to download for free on Google Play. The game is coming soon to the iTunes App Store.