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List of JS game engines. You can find a wikified version at Feel free to modify that. I sync it here every once in a while.

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Game Engines

Name Latest Release Size (KB) License Type Unit Tests Docs Notes
Akihabara 1.3 GPL2/MIT Classic Repro Intended for making classic arcade-style games in JS+HTML5 3
Aves Commercial? Obsolete. Company bought by Zynga.
bdge Demo
Canvex FPS
ClanFX 0.0.1 Tile based
Cocos2D BSD 2D
Crafty 0.1 7.6 GPL/MIT Intended to be lightweight and modular 6
cssgameengine Aimed for beginners
Diggy BSD DHTML-based, abandoned
Effect Games
Flax Apache 2.0 Not released yet. Uses GWT and HTML5. Focus on web-based gaming for GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. 8
FlixelJS 2D Demo Port of Flixel (Flash) to JS. Announcement thread.
GameJs 2011-01 20-80 MIT 2D yes JsDoc and Tutorials CommonJs; integrates with RingoJs server (optional); similar to PyGame; Canvas only;
gameQuery 0.5.1 MIT Designed to be used with jQuery
GammaJS 1.0 MIT 2.5D Platform
gTile 0.0.1 (2008-07-21) Tile based
The GMP Javascript Game Engine 1.7.4 (2010-10-31) GPL2/MIT Emphasis on speed and simplicity, "easy to learn and use" 5
Impact Commercial ($99) 2D
Isogenic Engine Isometric
j5g3 GPLv3 Still WIP
The Javascript 2D Game Engine GPL Emphasis on gravity/physics/collision detection; uses HTML5 Canvas and ExplorerCanvas for IE support. Focus on limiting CPU usage. 4
Javascript Gamelib 2.10
jGen Isometric
jsGameSoup v74 LGPLv3
js-verge 2D Demo
PropulsionJS 1.1 MIT Uses HTML5 Canvas element. 7
The Render Engine 1.5.3 MIT Cross-browser; extensive API; open-source. 2
Rocket Engine Commercial
Rosewood 2D interpreter GPL 2D Adventure
SpellScript Online/MUD WIP
Tom's Halls 3.0 Platform
Unity3D Commercial (free version too) JS backend
vegalib LPGL
xc.js BSD 2D

3D Engines

Compared to full-fledged game engines these might be missing some features (AI, sound, game logic, network etc.) and you might need to use some other libs to provide these features.

Name Latest Release Size (KB) License Unit Tests Docs Notes
C3DL 2.1 (?) MIT
Curve3D 1.0 BSD
CopperLicht 1.3.2 (?)
GLGE 0.5.2
JS3D 0.1a (2007-02-05) GPL
Pre3d Demo
Sandy 3D Apparently compiles to JS via Haxe
three.js MIT



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Name Latest Release Size (KB) License Unit Tests Deps IE SVG Docs Notes
Artisan.js 17 no
burst 56 yes Not maintained anymore
CAKE 211 no
CamanJS Basic filtering ops for Canvas
CanvasContext2DWrapper Method chaining for Canvas
canto.js 0.15 (2010-10-18) 56 yes
canvas_library Canvas abstraction
canvg 78.3 yes yes no
doodle.js BSD
easel.js 33 MIT no no no yes An attempt to create a Flash like DisplayList API for the Canvas element (making it pretty easy to manage a lot of items).
fabric.js 97 yes yes yes yes Demo
gury.js 10 no yes
HTML5 Canvas Library 12
Layered Canvas Library (LCL) 21
Mootools Canvas Library (MCL) 8 Mootools
Pixastic Basic image manipulation ops
Raphaël Designed for drawing vector graphics
Stackblur Fast implementation of blur for Canvas
toxiclibsjs LPGL2.1 Works great with processing.js.

Note that size comparisons may not be accurate due to compression (some libs don't compress by default).



  • color.js - Color management utilities, MIT



  • PlayMyCode - Online game creation community. Uses Quby (looks like Ruby) and compiles to JavaScript.
  • Sphere RPG Engine - Designed for RPG creation. Uses JavaScript to script logic.
  • playtomic - Commercial service providing analytics, leaderboards etc. services for games. Provides HTML5/JS API in addition to AS2/AS3 ones.
  • Pixie - HTML5 based pixel editor. Demo
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