Your humble web browser is rapidly becoming something wonderful, and nowhere is this so obvious as in the world of games and gaming. We’ve looked at HTML5 browser based games in the past and they finally seem to be getting somewhere in terms of sophistication and the fun factor.
Block Survival is a good example of an early version of a Minecraft clone, done entirely in the web browser using WebGL. The interface is clunky at the moment, and you’ll need to register and login in order to actually build stuff, but for those of you who enjoy open ended sandbox games, this is a great toy.
As you can see from the screengrabs, there’s already a ton of stuff being built on the platform, and some of it is very advanced. The game only seems to run full screen on Chrome at the moment (we had no full screen joy with Firefox 21 at all, only in a small window) but the functionality seems to be in place.
There’s a full complement of materials to play with, although one obvious difference with rendering massive worlds in the browser is the time it takes to populate the game once you join a server, and there’s definitely a lag when using materials, but apart from that the game plays well and is a solid recreation of the classic original.