HTML5 Game Development is no longer the new kid on the block and it has now passed its potentially many good years in application development arena. It is increasingly becoming the web technology of choice. As discussed in our first blog of the series, its upward trend will surely continue as it is gaining popularity fast among game developers.
From my own and as much from others’ experiences, there is so much to research on HTML5. This gives me a better understanding to find valid reasons as to what exactly made HTML5 the apple of everyone’s eye and a favorite in Gaming Industry.
An observation went unnoticed:
“During the GDC 2014 Unity Technology Conference, the company which develops popular engines for 3D and 2D games presented their new version. In Unity 5, a Unity Player plugin which allows running in-browser games developed in that engine has been replaced with an HTML5 exporter using WebGL”
If you want to build a game that works on various platforms, HTML5 is the way to go.
1- Cross-platform and cross browsers compatibility: HTML5 offers an attractive feature which is nothing but its compatibility across a range of devices is impressive. In terms of ability to implement and the ease with which it syncs in perfectly. It has proven its compatibility with browsers such as Firefox, Safari iOS, Android Browser, Google Chrome, Amazon Silk, Blackberry Browser, Nokia Browser, Internet Explorer, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. As HTML5 app works on different mobile operating games, whether it is on iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry, HTML5 Game Development incurs less costing than that of creating native apps for each OS. In order to have the app on multiple platforms, there is a requirement for developing multiple apps just once using HTML5 as against to its native counterpart.
2 – Remote updates: A great benefit of HTML5 web apps is the fact that updates happen automatically for users so there is no need for them to update manually. Everyone using or visiting the application will only see the updated version. This gives benefits to all parties, be it the app providers or developers. This means that they don’t have to go through the (sometimes cumbersome) process of a manual update.
3- More suited to emerging markets: It was predicted some three years ago that Africa was the world’s second most connected region by Mobile Subscriptions and in 2015 it will reach to one billion. Therefore Africa is one of the emerging markets. To sustain such a market you would require a diverse range of devices so developing applications for each one of them could be a nightmare.
4- Gaming Engines as Boon: HTML5 for its application developers have brought ultimate gaming engines which opens an exciting door to the gaming world. Various HTML5 Game Frameworks like Construct 2, ImpactJS, Phaser, Turbulenz and Booty5 which have shouldered the burden associated with HTML5 Game Development process.
Choosing HTML5 Game Engines and Frameworks:
Game engines are another level of abstraction which take care of few of the more tedious tasks of game development process. HTML5 Game Engines reduce the time it takes for you to create a fully-functional game in almost every circumstances. These frameworks and engines takes care of many technical intricacies like audio, physics, maps and animation to develop puzzle, shooting, strategy, sports, emulators, poker, simulation or board games.
If you are set to create your next HTML5 Game, it definitely makes a lot of sense to know about Engines and Frameworks. And here comes a good news for you- there are many free HTML5 game engines or frameworks- right from minimal to pretty complex there is a lot in store.
So, let’s get right into the list of the best HTML5 Game Frameworks and Engines:
- Construct 2: It is a powerful and ground breaking HTML5 game engine which is specifically designed for 2D games and without any requirement of coding it allows developers to build games.
- Phaser: It is a light-weight 2D game framework for making HTML5 games for desktop and mobile browsers.
The list extends to other HTML5 Game Frameworks such as EnchantJS, Pulse, MelonJS, LimeJS, Isogenic Game Engine and many more. These stunning HTML5 Game Frameworks are available for 2D and 3D Games.
The epic tale has just started and this is just the beginning. In my next blog, I will be discussing these HTML5 Game Engines and Frameworks in detail. So happy reading and keep exploring, until we meet next!