Swipe to Kill: Designing An HTML5 Mobile Game

swipe-to-kill-kickstarter

Fancy yourself a game developer, but don’t know where to start?  Looking for development tools with little monetary overhead that support multiple mobile platforms?  Do you like match 3 / RPG style games?  Gregory Ellis might just have the solution for you… if you’re willing to help give his project a bit of a Kickstart!  The name of the game is Swipe To Kill, and the goal behind the project is for the developer to provide a complete tutorial along with fully documented source code so you can develop your own game of this style in no time flat.  Since the format of choice is HTML5, CSS and JavaScript there’s nothing to buy unless you want a special editor that supports the syntax for these common web development paradigms, and you could probably even find a few of those for free as well.  To find out what you can do to support this developer’s aspirations check out the Kickstarter page here: Swipe to Kill: HTML5 Mobile Game & Development Tutorial.

iPad iOS 3.2.1 scores 127/300 on HTML5 Test

While by no means exhaustive, the HTML5Test by Niels Leenheer, does a good job of showing off how well a browser tackles the web standard, HTML5. As you can see, the iPad has a ways to go, but among mobile devices, it – along with the entire iDevice family – is still on top, losing only marginally to the desktop version of Firefox. In many ways, this test mirrors the results of the Acid3 test, proving that Apple play better by web standards than their rivals. I could not test iOS 4′s Safari on my iPod touch because of a God-awful Wifi router, but I assume it to be equally as OKAY. Here are the results compared to various browsers run under OSX 10.6.4 with all the latest trimmings on a 2007 MacBook Pro.

Web Broswer:HTML5Test Score:
iPad Safari (iOS 3.2.1)127
OSX Safari 5.01208
OSX Chrome 5.0.375.125197
OSX Firefox 3.6.8139
OSX Opera 10.6.0159

At Jeffrey Zeldman’s blog, controversy is starting over the inclusion of certain features in the test.

Apple reveals iPad-Ready Websites

Despite the initial rounds of positive reviews for the iPad, there are concerns that the device won’t have support for flash. Some feel that universal support for HTML5 is still years away and that Apple should cater to a format that’s most compatible with the market today. Well Apple seems to be taking a firm stance on the matter as they’ve just revealed a list of websites that “supports the latest web standands – including HTML5, CSS 3 and Javascript“. Some of these sites include CNN, New York Times, Vimeo, Time, Sports Illustrated, Flickr, People Magazine, and Major League Baseball. The common denominator here appears to be support for watching video on the iPad via an HTML5 compatible player. Apple have even included a section for companies to “Submit their site to the growing list“, as well as providing detailed info to webmasters on how to ensure that their website is fully functional when viewed on an iPad.

[Apple via PC World]