5 HTML5 Video Games

The newest update to the language of the internet is here, HTML5, and it’s amped up and in an offensive position ready to take on, or at least stand equal with, Adobe’s Flash. Flash has long been used to animate web pages and create games but now HTML5 is allowing the same benefits. HTML5’s open source and free to use; and while it has some teething problems like not working with old browsers, it is an emerging technology which will only improve as people’s understanding of it does. The potential of HTML5 for gaming is bearing down on the web like Mario on a Goomba and while the graphics may be basic, this is only the beginning. In this HTML5 gaming round-up, we take a look at five browser-based games built using HTML5, so make sure you’re using a browser that supports it like Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

1. Jitterbugs

Unfortunately, you need IE9 to play this to its full potential. Sad faces. But it works OK in Chrome, if a little cumbersomely. However the graphics are great and the gameplay too. You draw a lasso around two or more bugs using your mouse, grouping same coloured bugs together, and working within the time allocated to unlock the band.

2. Vii

Control a freaky former alien-looking super being in this black and white physics-puzzle platform, where you wake up powerless and have to regain your abilities with the help of an omniscient voice.

3. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

8-bit graphics and very adult themes abound in this game developed by Al Lowe and published by Sierra back in the 1990s. Now it’s released on HTML5. Once again you can become leisure-suited, 40-something Larry, trying to seduce your way around a garish-coloured pixelated universe. Praise be.

4. Biolab Disaster

Written using Javascript and HTML5, it’s a retro-looking simple platform game where you run around as a little Hazmat-suited man, shooting mutated beings after another one of those unknown biological disasters. It’s pretty slow in Firefox 3.6, but go to the page and its creator Dominic Szablewski has a compatibility list for different browsers.

5. Swarmation

You are a pixel. Your role is to form patterns with your fellow pixels, which means it’s a multiplayer, and those other players are other people, so you don’t have to feel like a sad loner anymore. It’s addictive if a little limited in its range of patterns. But if you get bored you can always take sadistic pleasure in deliberately sabotaging it for everyone else.