HTML 5 Gaming Showcase: Old Classics and Modern Games You Can Play for Free

By on February 17, 2012, 2:33 AM

A lot has changed since the days when web developers relied almost exclusively on Flash for media-rich interactive content. Although the technology is still very much alive and may not see a replacement anytime soon for certain uses, more and more websites are implementing HTML5 for streaming audio and video, and we are also starting to see some applications in the gaming space.

HTML is a markup language for structuring and presenting content on the web. Its latest and still-in-development incarnation adds a variety of elements and attributes that make it easier to include and handle multimedia and graphical content on the web without having to resort to proprietary plugins.

On the gaming side, there are some really impressive examples that could easily rival some of the stuff that has been done on Flash over the past decade. We've compiled a small selection of old classics and modern titles built with HTML5 and other open web standards that will give you a taste of things to come.

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Guest said:

That version of Command & Conquer they've got up is pretty sweet. If I wasn't so busy I'd want to help build that out. It's awesome!

Guest said:

Yep.. it's great but that's all at the level of 10 years ago. It's nice to see it progressing but the problem is that these games simply don't run the same or without issues across platforms and browsers.

Compare that to latest Flash games (including the super awesome version of Angry Birds on Facebook, Age of Defenders, Unreal Tournament 3 and many others) and you see how far Flash is compared to HTML5. Stage3D and Flash 11.x just rock people's socks off at performance and fluidity of gameplay and now with Unity3D exporting to Flash we will see some truly breathtaking games in the browser that work in any browser.

Most of the games in HTML5 are fairly simple and interestingly enough, due to HTML5 shortcomings with audio (and number of channels and so on) Angry Birds version on Chrome Store is still using Flash for some audio stuff.

Guest said:

@Guest above, the HTML5 version of those games run as fast and looks as nice on flash...

Guest said:

"Other famous first-person shooters have also been ported to HTML, including Doom -- which was taken down after a cease and desist notice from Id Software"

Seriously? A game from 1993 was taken down due to cease and desist notice?

treetops treetops said:

I had loads of fun a few years ago playing road of the dead

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/550714

Guest said:

HTML 5 Free games (tested with Chrome)

Bejeweled: http://bejeweled.popcap.com/html5/

Cut the Rope: http://www.cuttherope.ie/

Angry Birds (beta): http://chrome.angrybirds.com/

They all run smooth on my PC.

Guest said:

pff google..

This is a way better pacman example!

http://worldsbiggestpacman.com/

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"Other famous first-person shooters have also been ported to HTML, including Doom -- which was taken down after a cease and desist notice from Id Software"

Seriously? A game from 1993 was taken down due to cease and desist notice?

I thought the same thing.

Guest said:

Angry Birds can't be considered an HTML5 game because it doesn't play without Flash installed. It requires Flash for audio.

Another good HTML5 game is World's Biggest Pacman: http://worldsbiggestpacman.com/

Guest said:

Command and Conquer - HTML5 - Progress update and Demo -

This is a demo of the new version I am working on, with more units, levels and multiplayer support...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lorDK_gY3CI

Guest said:

Html 5 runs on apple, ps, vita 3ds and is a lot less resource hungry than flash

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