This page covers everything you need to know about managers in the Infinite Runner Engine.

Introduction

The Infinite Runner Engine uses managers as central reference points for a lot of classes and components. These managers, always present in your scene, will remember the current points count, the sounds that are playing, or where to spawn the character(s).

There are a few of them, and in most scenes you’ll have a Game, Level, Input and Sound managers present at all time. Usually you’ll want to place them on empty gameobjects. Their position in your scene doesn’t matter, they’re invisible anyway. It’s good practice to put them out of the way of your level so you don’t delete them by accident.

Game Manager

The Game Manager is a high level manager that is responsible for setting the target frame rate, storing the points, handling the timescale, and handling the life system. In most cases you won’t have to interact with it much, but make sure there’s one in your levels. The API documentation is a good place to go to if you want more information about it.

Level Manager

The FlightOfTheAlbatross demo scene's LevelManager
The FlightOfTheAlbatross demo scene's LevelManager

The LevelManager is the central piece of each of your game scenes. It’s responsible for spawning the character(s), driving the game’s speed, handling level bounds and death zone, intro and outro duration, and initial countdown. Usually placed on an empty game object, it’s one of the few required elements in your scene.

  • In order to add a PlayableCharacter in your scene, you should not put the prefab actually in the scene. It’d work, but the LevelManager (and other game logic managers) wouldn’t know what the “real” player character is. Instead, select your scene’s LevelManager, and in its inspector you’ll see you can define a number of PlayableCharacters. Most games only have one, but you can have more if you want. Once you’ve defined the number of player characters you want, just drag a PlayableCharacter (or extended) prefab into the slot, and you’re done. If you have more than one character, you can also specify how far from each other they should spawn.

  • From the inspector you can define two bounds for your level : the recycle and death bounds. Both are just big boxes. The Recycle Bounds are a box outside of which all objects with a OutOfBoundsRecycle component will get recycled. This is especially useful when working with Spawners. Death bounds on the other hand are a box outside of which all PlayableCharacters will get automatically killed.

  • From the inspector you can also define the Speed at which the level will start, its maximum speed, and how much the Level’s speed should increase per second. This speed will affect all objects with a MovingObject component, as well as all parallax elements.

GUI Manager

The GUIManager, usually placed on a UICamera, is responsible for displaying the current Life count, the Pause screen, the initial level countdown, the points, transitions between scenes and the game over screen. Note that it’s completely optional, if you don’t want any GUI (or want a different one, you can remove it and the UICamera, you won’t get any error for that).

Input Manager

The Input Manager handles the inputs and sends commands to the player. It’s described in more details on the Input page.

Loading Scene Manager

With Unity, usually when you want to go to another scene (in a menu, or to go from one level to the next for example), you’d use the SceneManager API, and probably the SceneManager.LoadScene() method. The engine comes with its own scene change API, that you’re completely free not to use if you don’t like it. Personnally I think that this method doesn’t provide visual feedback to the player, and scene loading on mobile for example can be a few seconds long, so just having a black screen there isn’t really good looking.

The LoadingScene in scene view
The LoadingScene in scene view

If you want to provide a better experience to your player, you can use the Loading Scene Manager :

  • it can be called from anywhere, you don’t have to have a LoadingSceneManager in your scene
  • it handles loading (as the name implies), showing an animation and a progress bar
  • it’s completely customizable, just edit the Common/LoadingScene scene’s contents. You can easily add your own logo, change the look of the progress bar, what animation is playing, etc.
  • it’s pretty simple to use

To use the LoadingSceneManager API, when you want to change level, just call the LoadingSceneManager.LoadScene (string sceneToLoad) method. The string parameter you pass must of course match the name of the scene you’re trying to load. So if you were to load the minimal demo multiplayer level for example, you’d use :

LoadingSceneManager.LoadScene ("Minimal4Players");

And the engine will take care of the rest :rocket:

Sound Manager

As its name implies, the Sound Manager is in charge of playing sounds in the Corgi Engine. Of course you can play them directly in your code using Unity’s native APIs, but using the Sound Manager will ensure that it’s played using the same volume settings as other sounds, that they won’t be played if sound has been disabled, etc. It’s usually found on the same prefab as the GameManager script. From its inspector (or from your code), you’ll be able to set the music and sound effects (Sfx) volume, and whether or not each is active. You can have a look at the API documentation for details, but mostly you’ll be using the following methods :

To play a background music (will replace any previously playing background music) :

PlayBackgroundMusic(AudioSource Music);

To play a sound effect - you can specify its position in space, and whether or not it should loop (make sure you stop it in this case) :

PlaySound(AudioClip sfx, Vector3 location, bool loop=false);