Today we officially launch Kiwi.js. We reckon it is the world’s easiest to use HTML5 game framework. It’s fun, blazingly fast, it’s free and open source, was built in New Zealand and exists so that fellow game developers can easily make mobile and desktop browser-based games (that look like this one ッ) and publish those games to the various App Stores.
It is fast. Faster than a real Kiwi, that’s for sure. Last time we checked our national icon didn’t have a custom built WebGL renderer. And although they are furry and adorable, there is no way you could get the flightless bird to play nice on Canvas.
So you want to make a game? Its easy, you simply download Kiwi.js from our github repository or use one of our automated building scripts to get you started. It has been designed to be easily extended by community contributors and we’ve collaborated with AmigaOS champion — Trevor Dickinson — to get v 1.0 out to the world.
Kiwi.js is for web developers looking to become game developers, Action Script (Flash) developers looking to move into the HTML5 space and it is for existing HTML5 game developers looking to join a smashing new community.
And if you’re a business looking for help and need proper support we’re here to look after your needs and help make your transition into the HTML5 gaming space a good one. As such we’ve already got some partners on board using the engine. A game based on award-winning children’s show The WotWots — co-created by Lord of the Rings visual effects Academy Award winner Sir Richard Taylor — and iPad sci-fi strategy game Stand Off for Nyuk Nyuk Games.
We decided early on that in order for Kiwi.js to be successful we must follow in the footsteps of other open source projects. We really admire WordPress’ efforts the most in this sense. From their extendable infrastructure for developers to make plugins, and an open source ecosystem where developers can make stuff, sell stuff and collaborate on stuff, they are an awesome role model.
Oh yeah, whats with the funny name? WordPress name each major release after a famous Jazz Musician (they like their Jazz). In a similar vein we decided we would pay our respects to the game creator legends who mean so much to us growing up at the dawn of gaming history. So here’s a salute to veteran arcade game developer and creator of the original Pac-Man Arcade game Toru Iwatani.
Kiwi.js is available for download from our Github repository and from our website. If you want to follow along or help out, check out our how to contribute section and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing Kiwi.js. See you soon!