You probably know that 2020 is the doomsday year for Flash games. Or at least it is on Google Chrome, which will ditch Flash all-together starting with December. And if you’re a game dev or if you want to get in this business, then you probably know that Flash should have been obsolete since a couple of years ago. It’s all about HTML5 now and in these following paragraphs, we will talk about the main frameworks you can use to start your very own browser game project.
- Phaser is by far the most popular tool used in developing online browser games. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve surely played so many games developed using Phaser. One of the biggest features of this game framework is its versatility. And also, another thing you should know is the fact that you can use it for free. These two things made Phaser so popular. And because it is popular, it also brings us the reason for which we put it in the first place of this top. The popularity of software also means a lot of available tutorials on the web. There are entire communities formed around this framework, where you can learn from other people’s experiences and ask for help when you’re stuck. It’s the tool used for most of the free games on JerkDolls. If you want to see the end products created using Phaser, just check games on JerkDolls.
If you want to make your first game and you want to make it fast, you should go with Pixi.js. This is a 2D framework with the best rendering speed. It’s compatible with other engines for sound or physics if you want to take your project to the next level, but if you want to keep it simple and easy, Pixi is your buddy. It also offers multi-platform compatibility and it’s so good when it comes to multi-touch interactivity.
Although Pixi is easy, Kiwi is even easier. This open-source framework is perfect for someone who just started coding. You will learn how to use this tool overnight and, in a week, you will have your first game ready. But even though it’s easy to use, it lets you create some quality games that will sure enchant you.
If you want to create complex games with multiple elements, all kinds of different menus, and increased interactivity, you need to check out CreateJS. Although it’s not primarily used for browser games, it’s the right tool for those who want to develop more web apps besides games. It’s a bit more complex, but it’s worth the hustle and the extra hours of late-night tutorials.
Quintus is the tool anyone who dreams about becoming a game dev should check out. It’s such an easy and fast creating tool that you can write a game in under 100 lines of code. One could use this tool even without any prior coding experience and still create a playable game in less than a week.
So, based on your needs and knowledge, you should pick one of these tools and start building. Good luck and have fun! If you create a game, don’t forget to come back and show it to us.