By Josh Morony
As I’ve stressed before, atmosphere is an extremely important element in a game that can turn a fun game into a masterpiece. One great way to add some atmosphere to your game is to add a day and night cycle (imagine how much less fun Minecraft would be with no night).
This tutorial, and the one before it, is inspired by the mobile game Alto which I think absolutely nails the atmosphere in the game. Like in Alto, the “night” in your game doesn’t necessarily need to have anything other than a visual effect on the game, but you could also quite easily modify the gameplay to tie into the time of day in the game (e.g. spawn night time monsters, change the music and so on).