HTML5 games you must check out!
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Friday, October 8, 2010 7:51:48 PM
HTML5 enables some pretty cool stuff in your browser. Check out these fun games - with no plugins required!
HTML5 and other modern web technologies can enable some pretty cool stuff in your browser without the need for any additional plugins. What is even more impressive is how easy it can be to create these games.
Although HTML5 is in its relative infancy, there are some promising demos out there that show what the future may hold. Even better, there are several fun and cool games that you can play right now! The best part is that most of these types of games work great in Opera because it currently has the fastest implementation of HTML5 Canvas.
Here are some of my favorites that you should check out:
Dominic Szablewski created a neat game engine and made a really cool retro-styled side scroller game where you can battle with all kinds of monsters. It features a great soundtrack and buttery smooth gameplay. He created a "making of" video as well that is worth a watch. He notes that Opera performs much better with this game than any other browser due to its excellent Canvas implementation!
This game is now also available in this awesome Opera Widget!
A neat billiards game with sharp graphics - the object is to sink as many balls as you can before the timer runs out. One of the balls is a time bomb that will explode if you run out of time!
Although the graphics don't look so fancy, this is a remarkably addictive game. You have to build towers to defend from intruding "monsters" while managing your resources (Gold earned from destroying invaders). It seems easy until you get past the first 20 or 30 waves of enemies, and then look out! What's your high score?
The classic Asteroids game that you have probably played over and over again forever, but in HTML5 Canvas, and sporting some impressive visuals. It features nice, smooth gameplay in Opera!
If you're as old as I am, you may have nostalgic memories of playing Sierra Adventure games in glorious EGA graphics, typing in fairly arbitrary phrases trying to solve each puzzle so that you could advance to the next part of the game. All the classics are available at www.sarien.net: King's Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest, and yes, even Leisure Suit Larry!
Have you found any other neat HTML5 based browser games that are worthy of some attention? Let us know in the comments!