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Table of contents
Understanding Transforms
Setting the Rigidbody2D
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I move objects in Unity with a key?
In the movement script, what are the public access modifiers that we can use?
Instead of writing code, can we assign components and values using a simple UI?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Moving Player in Unity

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This blog will introduce How to Implement Movement in Different Genres of Games in Unity. After understanding what Rigidbodies are and how to attach them, let's put them to use. One of the best ways to explain how Rigidbodies work is to have the player move using the arrow keys.

Understanding Transforms

Transformation is the process of transforming visuals into something else by applying certain rules. Translation, scaling up or down, rotation, shearing, and other forms of transformations are all possibilities. The term "2D transformation" refers to a transformation that occurs on a 2D plane.

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Right-click in the Hierarchy view of your Unity project and select 3D Object > Capsule.

Make that both objects' Transform values are reset and that your Capsule is standing on the Plane. To make things easier, rename your capsule "Player."

Scroll down to Add Component in the Inspector pane after clicking on the Player object. Add a Rigidbody and then another component, this time as a Capsule Collider. You'll need these components to give your Player physics and thus movement.

Then, in your Scripts folder, right-click and select Create a New C# Script. "PlayerMovement" is the name of the script. We'll stick to the essentials and use only one script for the time being.


using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;

public class Movement: MonoBehaviour {

    public RigidBody2D starBody,
    public float speed;
    void start()
        // use this function to initialize anything
    void update()
        starBody.velocity() = new Vector2(Input.GetAxisRaw("Horizontal")*speed, Input.GetAxisRaw("Vertical")*2);


  • public Rigidbody2D line starBody: Declares a Rigidbody2D instance named starBody. Please take note of the public access modifier; we'll get to it soon.
  • public float speed: A straightforward declaration of a floating-point value called speed. Make a note of a public access modifier once more.
  • void Start(): This method is empty. We haven't even given speed or starBody a value. If you didn't provide those variables with something to work with, you'd expect NullReferenceExceptions or UnassignedReferenceExceptions to be thrown everywhere and general chaos. Nonetheless, this method is mysteriously empty.
  • starBody.velocity = new Vector2(Input ...): This is where the majority of the action revolves around your game character. Let's look deeper into this one line. The first few words, "starBody.velocity=," indicate that we are assigning a velocity to the Rigidbody referenced by starBody. At the same time, new Vector2() denotes that a Rigidbody is defined as a Vector2, with the input parameters being the velocity along the X and Y axes, respectively.

In the game world, give this rigidbody a velocity where the 

  • vertical velocity = vertical Axis * speed)
  • horizontal velocity = Horizontal Axis * speed

To finish, save this script and return to Unity. Drag and drop the script over an object to attach it, or go to Add Component Scripts.


Setting the Rigidbody2D

Examine the script's components. In addition to the script, Unity creates two fields for you to enter a Rigidbody2D and a speed float.


Values and class instances declared publicly can be seen in the Editor, allowing you to make changes without constantly looking in your code.

To activate the Rigidbody2D for the first field, click on the small circle with a dot next to the field. This will display a list of Rigidbodies in the scene that you can use. For the time being, because there is only one Rigidbody in the entire scene, click on the first one in the list.


We didn't assign anything to the starBody variable when we were writing the script. Why? This is where we put it. Instead of writing it in code, we can assign components and values using a simple UI.

Set a speed value in the following field. Set it too high, and your character will fly away before you can see where it went. That's a problem because our Camera is stationary, making bringing it back into view much easier. We recommend setting the speed to around 5.


Now press the play button, if everything goes well, you should now be able to move your character with the arrow keys.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I move objects in Unity with a key?

The object will rotate to the left and right if you press the "Left & Right Arrow" key. If you press the "Up & Down Arrow" Key, the object will travel forward and backward. By pressing the keys, you can move the object.

In the movement script, what are the public access modifiers that we can use?

The public access modifiers that we use are Rigidbody2D line starBody and float speed.

Instead of writing code, can we assign components and values using a simple UI?

Yes, as we have discussed in the setting the rigidbody2D, we can assign components and values using a simple UI instead of writing code. 


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