10 HTML5 Games Paving The Way

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.

Quake II GWT Port

Quake II GWT Port

Quake II GWT Port

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

WPilot

WPilot

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)

Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D

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+

Aves Engine

Aves Engine

Aves Engine

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.

Processing Tower Defense

Processing Tower Defense

Processing Tower Defense

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.

Akihabara

Akihabara

The Akihabara Collection

The Akihabara collection is a group of five 8/16-bit games of different types, showing fun ways HTML5 and JavaScript can be used. Though the games are old and the graphics are what you’d call “classic”, it’s non-flash browser-based gaming none-the-less.

Requirements: Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Opera

Asteroids

Asteroids

Asteroids

The classic Asteroids game comes back in HTML5 by Kevin Roast. Submitted via comment by Shkwav, thanks!

Conclusion

If you know of some neat browser-based games utilizing HTML5, let us know via comment below! As you can see, these are just the very tip of the ice berg but non-flash browser-based gaming is coming. JavaScript is a technology largely aiding and enabling many of these games and there are many fantastic JavaScript-based games, so if you have any favorites share them via comment and we’ll credit you with the find in our gaming roundup.

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