Unity Point and ShootHow to shoot in the direction of the mouse

Author Waldo
Published April 1, 2019

In this tutorial we discuss how to point and shoot a turret towards the direction of your mouse.

Video Walkthrough

  • 0:50 - Creating a C# Script
  • 1:40 - Calculating our target position
  • 2:04 - Crosshairs following mouse movement
  • 2:40 - Hiding our mouse cursor 
  • 3:15 - Rotating our gun to point towards the mouse
  • 4:25 - Creating an anchor point for our turret
  • 5:00 - Firing a projectile on click
  • 8:40 - Showing off the finished product

Source Code for PointAndShoot.cs

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

public class PointAndShoot : MonoBehaviour {
    public GameObject crosshairs;
    public GameObject player;
    public GameObject bulletPrefab;
    public GameObject bulletStart;

    public float bulletSpeed = 60.0f;

    private Vector3 target;

    // Use this for initialization
    void Start () {
        Cursor.visible = false;
    // Update is called once per frame
    void Update () {
        target = transform.GetComponent<Camera>().ScreenToWorldPoint(new Vector3(Input.mousePosition.x, Input.mousePosition.y, transform.position.z));
        crosshairs.transform.position = new Vector2(target.x, target.y);

        Vector3 difference = target - player.transform.position;
        float rotationZ = Mathf.Atan2(difference.y, difference.x) * Mathf.Rad2Deg;
        player.transform.rotation = Quaternion.Euler(0.0f, 0.0f, rotationZ);

            float distance = difference.magnitude;
            Vector2 direction = difference / distance;
            fireBullet(direction, rotationZ);
    void fireBullet(Vector2 direction, float rotationZ){
        GameObject b = Instantiate(bulletPrefab) as GameObject;
        b.transform.position = bulletStart.transform.position;
        b.transform.rotation = Quaternion.Euler(0.0f, 0.0f, rotationZ);
        b.GetComponent<Rigidbody2D>().velocity = direction * bulletSpeed;

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