Phaser is best used for creating 2D games such as RPGs and side-scrollers. That’s not to say its limited to just sprite-based graphics, however, as Phaser fully supports Canvas and WebGL rendering – which means you can use advanced lighting and post-processing graphics effects in your game.
PlayCanvas WebGL Game Engine
PlayCanvas is a super powerful game engine that uses HTML5 and WebGL to create some really beautiful looking browser games, with a ton of fancy features like physically based rendering, high quality PostFX that includes bloom, edge detection, and really just a ton of other features that make PlayCanvas a seriously powerful game development engine – it can be used for anything from beautiful web presentations to incredibly engaging race games, similar to(we use “similar” because it was made in Unity3D) with graphics that rival native applications.
The only drawback is that it isn’t free – you didn’t think all those fancy features would be, did you? PlayCanvas operates on a tiered subscription platform, so while you can use a free account, you’ll gain a lot more feature access if you subscribe to one of their monthly plans.
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If you’d like an engine that helps you lay out a roadmap for project completion from start to finish, Crafty could be the game engine for you. It uses a handy “components” system that allows you to make a series of choices by choosing various components, which will lay some of the foundation of your game engine – there are also a lot of community-made components available for download.
These components include things like entity hitboxes, level progress bars, tiled map builders, and just a ton of other things you would normally need to code from scratch – think of Crafty like being able to write a game using third-party building blocks, which may not appeal to everyone, but it’s certainly useful – especially for beginning game developers.
Another lightweight and powerful HTML5 framework, MelonJS does its best to provide a plugin-free experience with a focus on its ‘write once, run everywhere’ library. It is a completely standalone library which means it only requires an HTML5-compatible browser to run, and has an entire range of features such as high DPI / auto scaling, multi-channel HTML5 audio, polygon (SAT) based collision detection, a nifty particle system, and just a whole handful of other features.
Its been called the “Wordpress of HTML5 game engines” because it is really so easy to use, but don’t mistake simplicity for lack of features – Kiwi.js can be just as powerful as many other game engines, its mostly the UI and documentation that makes it so easy to use.
You could consider QICI Engine as an expansion of Phaser, as it built on top of the Phaser engine – but it utilizes its own interface that focuses entirely on game development within the web browser itself. This means you won’t need to have your code editor, tile mapper, sprite tools, etc all open in separate windows – everything is convenient done within the web browser.
Usually this sort of convenience is earned by sacrificing features or engine flexibility, but not so with QICI – being based on the Phaser engine, it has all the powerful features you’d expect from Phaser, but QICI offers a feature-rich dashboard that really just makes game development so much more convenient and easier.