In the Editor, you can just click the pause button.
From gamecode, you can set Time.timeScale to 0. See the help entry. This should pause most of your game, assuming you don't rely on stuff like asking the actual system time. You can also set timeScale to anything between 0 and 1 (and even 1 and up), to modify the speed at which your gamesimulation progresses.
answered Oct 20 '09 at 12:14 AM
Lucas Meijer 1 ♦♦
If you rely on the time to remain active during the pause you can also implement it a following way.
If an MonoBehaviour needs a pause action, like e.g. stopping the animation, implement an OnPauseGame() function. To handle resuming, implement an OnResumeGame() function.
When the game needs to pause, call the OnPauseGame function on all objects using something like this:
And to resume call OnResumeGame on all objects.
A basic script with movement in the Update() could have something like this:
A big benefit of doing it like this is that you can implement object specific pausing and resuming functionality, like storing and restoring information for objects that use physics.
answered Nov 16 '09 at 08:04 PM
Jakko van Hunen
If you set Time.timeScale to 0, yet you still want to do some processing (say, for animating pause menus), remember that Time.realtimeSinceStartup is not affected by Time.timeScale. You could effectively set up your own "deltaTime" in your animated menus by subtracting the previous recorded Time.realtimeSinceStartup from the current one.
answered Oct 20 '09 at 04:40 AM
If you're in the editor, you also have the option of calling Debug.Break to pause execution. This works just like pressing the pause button and is ignored at runtime, so you could use it to make debug-time "breakpoints".
answered Oct 20 '09 at 01:11 PM
Setting Time.timeScale to 0.0 works great as you still can have at the same time a Unity GUI on top that is still clickable and the rest of Unity freezes meanwhile.
answered Oct 20 '09 at 07:41 AM