appMobi, ImpactJS Debuts Impact GameDev XDK on the Google Chrome Web Store
September 26, 2011
By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor
appMobi and ImpactJS announced the availability of the Impact GameDev XDK which can be downloaded for free from the Google (News - Alert) Chrome Web Store.
In a release, appMobi (News - Alert) CTO Sam Abadir said, “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.”
“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. Game developers will find this new toolkit to be a really compelling offering,” Abadir added.
The Impact GameDev XDK provides a visual toolkit for the rapid development and monetization of mobile HTML5 games. The new Impact GameDev XDK features HTML5 graphics acceleration based on appMobi’s DirectCanvas and DirectBox2D technologies which accelerate the HTML5 canvas element and physics emulation.
Also, the technology boasts speed graphic rendering by up to 15 times than normal. Such speed enhancements are gained via the Impact GameDev XDK making HTML5 suitable for programming any type of mobile game.
It was revealed that developers will leverage the Impact GameDev XDK to program a single code base and publish apps to several platforms such as Native iOS, Native Android, Facebook (News - Alert) (and Project Spartan), Google Chrome App, and mobile Web app.
appMobi’s HTML5 game development technology was launched in the E3 Game show in June 2011 and since then it has attracted several HTML5 game developers to its beta program. The games use DirectCanvas that is already available in the Apple (News - Alert) App Store. “Private Joe,” a popular HTML5 shooter game on desktop PC’s which boasts of 150,000 users, turned to appMobi when its developer found that HTML5 in standard mobile browsers were slow.
Officials explained that the appMobi XDK is a mobile HTML5 development environment with over 25,000 mobile Web developers and over 45,000 mobile Web apps. This deal with ImpactJS is the first partnership that appMobi has made with another development vendor to bring a superior hybrid set of tools to a niche development market.
In August 2011 appMobi announced the availability of “XDK” cross platform app development tool in the Google Chrome App Store. The XDK replaces numerous platform-specific development tools with a single HTML5-optimized development interface.Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves