HTML 5 game engines and tools

List of frameworks of game creation in JavaScript and on Canvas and tools to make games.

Disney bought in March 2011 the Finnish company Rocket Pack for producing such multi-platform games, proof that it sees a great future in HTML 5.

These frameworks are compatible with mobile phones and are supported by Android, IOS, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, and others...

Professional game engines

Professional engine are not free but offer superior services including the management of collaborative work. There are of course independent services for other solutions.

Unity 3D

The best known, and truly portable is based on NET or Mono. Its disadvantages are that it only works in 32 bits, which effectively limits the available memory at 2.7 gigabytes. This is enough for the production version, but during the development phase the limit can be exceeded. Despite the professional license, many services are offered as paid extensions. Unity seems more designed for small publishers. The advantage over UE 4 is that the store of items to include in a game has much more contents. It is also more suited to mobile.

Unreal Engine 4

Unity competitor, it does not have the same limitations, without having a higher cost. In fact, since version 4, the license has become much cheaper passing the part of the engine from 50% to 5% of revenues! The programming language is not the same, we must return to C++ that is less secure than C#, but with the help of Blueprint, a visual scripting language to manage objects and characters we can even avoid to use C++. Unreal Editor generates code directly for different systems like Windows or iOS.
Since March 2015, the use of the graphics engine is free, no subscription is required, it is freely downloadable and it is only from $ 3,000 of revenue for a product in a quarter that 5% is due!

Unreal Engine.

MarketPlace. An overview of the components that can be purchased to create a game.

Lumberyard from Amazon

Free, this engine can connect to the cloud service from Amazon, AWS, for multi-players online (it is the only licensed cloud service but a personal server). It is derived from CryEngine and allows for 3D games called AAA. The source code is provided in C ++ but a modified source code can not be distributed (you can distribute it in binary form). By logging on Twitch, spectators can attend games parties.

Scène de jeu avec Lumberyard

Landscape with the rendering engine of Lumberyard

It allows for games and other simulations on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4. Mobile are planned for later.

Personal engines and frameworks


Turbulenz ThumbnailYou can download it on Github and produce games in 2D or 3D. The Polycraft demonstration shows perfect fluidity and handling of all aspects of the physical world as the properties of the body and their interactions. It includes natively support for WebSockets and supports mouse, keyboard and multi-touch. It is a high-level library and the MIT license granted full freedom of use. A must for ambitious programmers!
Became open source in May 2013. The client code has been achieved in part in TypeScript and converted to JavaScript and when WebGL is not supported, thus on IE or older browser, then it requires a plugin, but to switch browsers.


Turbulenz, vignette To make 2D or 3D games, this set of tools based on Node.js, Three.js and TypeScript can target all systems, including mobiles. Superpowers is also a general purpose system, and a static site generator.
Free and open source.


Framework PhaserComplete framework for making 2D games or demos with physics managing, sprites or groups, animations, sound, tile sceneries. Requires WebGL and Canvas, it can be used with TypeScript.


Godot moteur de jeuThe framework that we were waiting for, offers a very complete documentation and a scene and sprites editor also of a good level. Works in 2D and 3D.
It is compared with Unity for its portability mainly, 2D is greater but 3D is lower, it need a faster scripting (GDScript is similar to Python) and misses asset store.
Runs on multiple platforms, PC, Mobile and Web. Works with Node.js


Devkit Thumbnail

Made open source in 2013, game development framework is as fast as native applications on Android and iOS. It manages the important problem of collisions and moves. Using Node.js is one of the source of its speed because it allows a part of the code to be native. The other factor is the use of OpenGL for Canvas.


Framework for building virtual worlds running a browser with WebGL and WebSocket. Then you can interact with others and discuss in a chat box.


Three.js and WebGL

The JavaScript graphics library can work with  in an  WebGL and Canvas application and implement fluid applications and fast action games.


To build role playing games (RPG) in JavaScript, in the style of dungeons and dragons, this framework, a sort of SDL for HTML 5, provide a toolkit.
The graphics of the demonstration are nice but simplistic as is the animation, however the speed of interaction ensures sufficient fluidity.

Gladius, from Mozilla

Mozilla also has its version of a game engine, based on WebGL. It uses WebAPI, another library Mozilla for Web applications as well other technologies as JoystickAPI. It seems also include the ammo.js code.


From Japan, another framework to build a game with a permissive MIT license. Open source since 2011, it has more online games than DevKit. It is compatible with WebGL for 3D games.
Also works on desktop browser including Windows 8 or mobiles.


Library to program animations, working with ou without Canvas.
It allows making games in Android too, but the demos on the site are not very exciting, maybe we can do better with the framework.

Online sound generator

JavaScript source code available on github.

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