If I create an interactive maze game with html5, would people be able to
play the game on all platforms? Also, is it true that you can’t play a
game created by html5 on internet explorer?
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Look at a programming language called haXe and a library for it called
Have a look at RiaStats for a general idea of
HTML 5’s market penetration. The canvas element, which can be used for
2D games, is supported on all the latest browsers and most mobile
platforms (most being any new devices or devices running the latest OS).
You can run 2D HTML 5 games in IE 9, but not any of the previous
versions. People still on IE 8 (released with Windows 7) or IE 7 (WinXP)
without upgrading will not be able to run HTML 5 content. You can
display a friendly error to them however, letting them know technology
is evolving and they should tag along ;)
On top of what TheNut just posted, be aware that there is no “standard”
for 3D in html 5
You have the canvas for 2d, which is supposed to be standard (haven’t
done any exhaustive testing), but the only cross platform solution at
the moment is webgl.
However webgl is hardly supported by anything at all
“HTML 5” has become a very loosely defined set of techniques. It
generally means stuff that recently became possible with modern
browsers. Thus, you can’t expect any of it to work on older browsers,
like IE 6 or even FF 3.0.
Also be aware that “all platforms” really is a lot of platforms these
days, even if you just count the modern ones. You might want to make
sure it works on touch-devices, which means hovering can’t be used for
There is also a wide range of performance on the web. Anything from
cheap Android phones to high-end desktop PC:s.