HTML5 is still a developing technology and we’re barley beginning to see its capabilities in more advanced uses such as games. Though HTML5 isn’t even in its infancy yet, it’s beginning to emerge and here are 10 HTML5 games paving the way.
Edit: With the addition of an HTML5 version of Asteroids, submitted by Shkwav.
Unless you were living under a rock or don’t use the internet, you probably heard about the Quake II port using WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML5 elements, etc., built by a few Google employees. It’s probably one of the best examples of a browser-based game using HTML5. To play it though, you’ll need to build it first.
Requirements: Safari (nightly) or Chromium
WPilot is a multiplayer space shooter you can actually play without building anything, that is – if you can find someone to play with. You can also run your own server if you’d like.
Requirements: Safari, Chrome, Webkit or Firefox (Win)
For those who remember the older days of gaming, Wolfenstein 3D will probably strike a chord. It was a great little 3D shooter. The HTML5 version, shown here, isn’t actually the full game but a working demo allowing the player to shoot and move around.
Requirements: Firefox 2+, Safari 3.1.2+, Opera 9.27+
The Aves Engine isn’t really a game itself but the framework for developers to create some really neat HTML5 powered games. The demonstration video (shown below) really shows the great performance and capabilities of the engine, giving developers something great to work with.
Though graphics may be limited, the strategy game is a great example of HTML5 gaming. PTD was originally built as a demo for John Resig’s Processing.js library.
Requirements: Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Opera
The classic Asteroids game comes back in HTML5 by Kevin Roast. Submitted via comment by Shkwav, thanks!
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