Great Games Built with HTML5

As you’ve probably noticed in the past few years since the initial unveiling of HTML5, the language has had a significant impact on Internet gaming. Once upon a time, we mostly saw browser-based video games using Flash in development. While there have been countless awesome Flash games produced over the years, we’ve seen a distinct movement toward HTML5 with developers. This is because HTML5 games can be efficient, playable, and really impressive all at once. That doesn’t delve into specific benefits like working directly in a browser without plug-ins, or compatibility across devices, but it gets to the basic idea: HTML5 is simply more dynamic and more modern.

Keeping that in mind, the beginning of a New Year seems like as good a time as any to take a look at some of the better games that have been built through HTML5 lately, across various genres and for multiple devices.

HexGL

Headlining a list of amazing games made on HTML5, HexGL is described as a futuristic, fast-paced racing game built on HTML5, JavaScript, and WebGL. It stands out because of the pace, but also because of its beauty relative to some comparable browser-based games. In terms of the actual style and objective, it’s pretty straightforward (you’re basically racing some kind of space pod on crazy, futuristic tracks), but playing is a pleasure, which speaks to what makes HTML5 games great in the first place.

Treasure Arena

This is another title featured on the same list of amazing games; Treasure Arena is a nice example of how HTML5’s utility in gaming extends well beyond beauty and sophistication. Built intentionally as an old school-looking, pixel-heavy RPG, it feels nostalgic despite being relatively new. Up to four players can play (displaying HTML5’s proficiency with multiplayer designs) and there are various game modes to keep players interested and help maintain a high replay value.

Agar.io

You may know this game best because of its mobile adaptation, but Agar.io actually started as one of the more popular HTML5 browser games. Another exhibition of brilliance through simplicity, the game places you in a live multiplayer environment in which you control a single blob (or “cell”) trying to consume smaller blobs while avoiding larger ones. It’s an elementary game, but one that is also shockingly fun and addictive.

Mobile Slots

This is more of a sub-genre of casino gaming than a specific game, but you may not be aware that you have HTML5 to thank for some of the most advanced casino gaming you can access on mobile devices. Increasingly, mobile-friendly online casinos utilize HTML5 technology to bring sophisticated, realistic, and competitive games to a wide variety of different devices. It’s a means of upping the ante on cruder and more cartoonish slot and poker games, which tend to quickly wear thin.

Sand Trap

Unless you’re a true browser game fanatic, you’re probably less aware of Sand Trap than some of the other games on this list. But it took the top spot in a piece on addictive HTML games, described as a challenge to fill a bucket with sand, by way of rotating a cube maze on your screen. It’s actually difficult to describe better than that, but it is quite a bit of fun. This is one you simply have to play to find out more about.

There are many more games that could have made this list, but this is a pretty diverse range of games that should help to demonstrate how important HTML5 has been to browser and mobile-based gaming in just a few years’ time.

Kyle Stanley is a tech and gaming enthusiast. He hopes to start his own app development company, but in the meantime works as a freelance writer and Web designer.

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