September 22, 2011

appMobi, ImpactJS Release Visual Toolkit for HTML5 Mobile Game Development

appMobi (NewsAlert), a provider of world’s most popular HTML5 development tool stack, and ImpactJS, a popular game engine, announced the release of Impact GameDev XDK, a visual toolkit for the development and monetization of mobile HTML5 games.

A critical component of Impact GameDev XDK is HTML5 graphics acceleration based on appMobi’s DirectCanvas and DirectBox2D technologies which accelerate the HTML5 canvas element and physics emulation. The graphic acceleration feature speeds graphic rendering by up to an astounding 15 times the normal speed, according to company officials.

Impact GameDev XDK can be used to program a single code base and publish apps to a variety of platforms, including Native iOS, Native Android (NewsAlert), Facebook (and Project Spartan), Google Chrome App, and mobile Web app.

Since its introduction at E3 Game show in June, appMobi’s HTML5 game development technology has attracted hundreds of HTML5 game developers to its beta program, company officials said. For example, “Private Joe,” a popular HTML5 shooter game with 150,000 users on desktop PCs, turned to appMobi when its developer found HTML5 in standard mobile browsers to be too slow.

The DirectCanvas accelerated version of Private Joe is currently featured in the Apple (News Alert) App Store.

“We were already working with appMobi’s XDK to create an iOS version of Private Joe,” said Ben Chong, CEO of HotBazooka games, in a statement. “When we switched to DirectCanvas, the gameplay became indistinguishable from other native iOS games on both the iPad and iPhone4.”

“HTML5 mobile games can be every bit as good as those available from the Apple App Store – and they should make just as much money for their developers, too,” said appMobi CTO Sam Abadir, in a statement. “appMobi partnered with ImpactJS because, quite frankly, their game engine rocks.”

“The combination of appMobi’s XDK, mobile Web services and DirectCanvas technology, together with the ImpactJS  game engine, will give even novice developers all the tools they need to create compelling, superior mobile games,” Abadir added. “Game developers will find this new toolkit to be a really compelling offering, especially if they are looking to HTML5 as a way to break free from the ‘taxation’ and fees of native app stores.”

This partnership is the first such deal for appMobi with another development vendor to bring a superior hybrid set of tools to a niche development market. appMobi is working with other specialized vendors to deliver similar tools to make development of mobile and Web-based apps as simple and rewarding as possible for developers of all levels, the company said.

Impact GameDev XDK is available as a free download from the Google (News Alert) Chrome Web Store.

appMobi recently launched the appMobi Chrome app packager in the Google Chrome Web store. the packager enables Web developers to build and package Web apps and browser extensions for easy submission to the Google Chrome Web store.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell


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