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5+ HTML5 Games to Play in Your Browser Now

Dave Parrack 21-03-2013

html5 gamesHTML5 is driving Web development forward in an exciting way. It offers a range of advantages over its predecessors, and could (and really should) kill proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5 is capable of handling a wide range of multimedia requirements, including video, audio, and, best of all, games.


What follows are 5+ HTML5 games to suit all tastes. These are all free, and available to play in your Web browser right now. The only requirement is an HTML5-compliant browser, but seeing as that includes the latest builds of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer, this shouldn’t be a problem.


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Solitairey is a free virtual version of the age-old card game that has been played by generation after generation.There are over 30 variations of solitaire available to play here, including aesthetically pleasing layouts such as Pyramid and Grandfather’s Clock.

It looks great, and plays even better than it looks. The cards move fluidly and everything responds in the way you’d expect it to. As an added bonus the solutions are even provided for those lacking in working gray matter, and these can be viewed one move at a time.

For: Card players with time to waste and a preference for keyboards over the real thing.


Lux Ahoy

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With Lux Ahoy we move from the cerebral to the mindless, but that isn’t a criticism of this cracking little HTML5 game. It’s simplistic and therefore won’t train your brain 5 Sites to Boost Your Brain Fitness With Fun Games and Puzzles Read More in any way, shape, or form, but that is part of its charm. Simple gameplay worked for Angry Birds, so why not angry pirates?

The game sees you taking on the role of one of two warring pirates, fighting against the other by firing the cannon attached to your boat. The graphics are cutesy but gorgeous, and if there were more than three levels this would be a truly epic game. It’s still eminently playable, it just won’t last you long.

For: Fans of Angry Birds, fans of pirates, fans of firing cannonballs at a computer-controlled enemy.


A Grain Of Truth [No Longer Available]

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As with all the best point-and-click games, a sense of adventure lies at the heart of A Grain Of Truth. You control the main protagonist who sets off on a journey during which she’ll encounter many interesting characters, solve ingenious puzzles, and unravel a sweeping narrative.

The backdrops are exquisite, the characters are charming, and the story is compelling enough to keep you playing. The options to interact with the environment are kept to a minimum, which ensures the game can be played by all. And it comes highly recommended for everybody.

For: Those strange people (like myself) who miss the simple allure of a good point-and-click adventure.



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X-Type shows just what is possible with HTML5, being a game that would have needed some hefty hardware behind it a couple of decades ago. Now it’s playable right within your Web browser. For playing this game you’re rewarded with some epic boss battles and a light show capable of distracting you with its awesomeness.

The name X-Type is a rather obvious play on R-Type, possibly the best known 2D shooter ever created. It’s also one of the hardest, and unlikely to be beaten by modern-day gamers. X-Type is also a challenging game that requires gamers willing to remain focused for long stretches of time.

For: Fans of retro games who remember a time when R-Type was the best thing on the planet.



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HexGL is the frankly terrible name for what is a mind-boggling display of what HTML5 is capable of. This is a Wipeout clone that looks too good to work in a Web browser, but it does just that, and with ease. This is likely to be the best-looking HTML5 game you’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately HexGL is currently only available as a beta, meaning the actual gameplay leaves a lot to be desired. With one track and one ship, your only challenge is to compete against other gamers for the best time. Roll on a full release with more tracks, more ships, and more on-screen rivalry.

For: Those who loved the Wipeout games and would love to see how it will feel to play them in a Web browser.


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BrowserQuest, a simple MMORPG that will evoke memories of old-skool Zelda and Pokemon games, powered by Mozilla.

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HTML5 games are compelling by the very fact that they play right there in your Web browser without the need for any plugins or other such nonsense. Whether it be a virtual version of a classic card game, a pirate clash, a point-and-click adventure, a vertical 2D shooter, or a space racing game, HTML5 games are perfect time-wasters. As are these other fun things to do online with HTML5 5 Fun Things To Do Online With HTML5 HTML5 continues to go from strength to strength, with more websites switching to the new standard that brings multimedia content to the Web without the need for plugins such as Adobe Flash. Is that blasted... Read More . Learn even more by reading our HTML tutorial Get Started With HTML5 You’ve heard of HTML5. Everybody is using it. It's being heralded as the savior of the Internet, allowing people to create rich, engaging web pages without resorting to using Flash and Shockwave. Read More .

What do you think of the HTML5 games listed above? Did any one in particular float your boat? Or did you think they were all as good as one another? Are there any that didn’t make the cut that you think should have? As always we’d love to hear your views in the comments section below.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I bet many addicted to pc solitaire ex-windows players are warm-heartedly embracing Solitairey :) Anyway, as html5 is nowhere near as complex as Flash, I would personally would stick to simple and addicting games such as stick samurai or Stay On The Road You can't go simplier than that and yet it's fun

  2. Yota
    July 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Please do try our first 3D HTML5 game at

    Also, check this video out of Quake 4 using our HTML5 engine.

    Unfortunately, we cannot release this to the public. It was made as a tech demo.

  3. Faizan Ali
    April 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Hex GL was awesome, reminded me of a dos game which i used to play... forgot its name!!!

    • Rishabh
      May 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      I thnk skytrack it is

  4. Max
    March 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Pirates love Daisies, Turbulenz, Airscape, and They Need to be Fed are some other good ones.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Awesome. I'll have to check those out. Thanks for commenting :)