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Zapak Launches HTML5 Games For iOS & Android; WebApps vs Native Apps

Zapak, the gaming company from the Reliance ADA Group, has launched HTML5 games for iOS and Android at mgames.zapak.com, which can be played from the phone’s native web browser and do not require a download. First tweeted by Zapak’s Deepak Abbot, the link to these games are available on Zapak’s mobile home page, when accessed through a supported phone. At the time of writing this post, ten game titles were available including Bubble Hit, Block Dream. Sea Treasure Match, Mahjong Shanghai, Flick Color, Doodle Shooting, Bunniez Extreme, Lazors, My Pipe Maze, and Maya Mojo.

The games have been developed by Netherlands based gaming company Spil Games, which offers a portfolio of free online games based on HTML5. The games offered by Zapak, in addition to some other game titles are also available on Spil’s mobile games portal m.agame.com.

Most of these games are simplistic implementations of common board games and puzzle based games such as Tetris and Mahjong. The gameplay is simple and does not feature any additional sound effects or background music, although the quality of graphics is decent.

Although, HTML5 is increasingly being used as a common web standard, as it eliminates the need for native app development, we wonder if Smart phone users on platforms like Android and iOS, which offer a myriad of free gaming apps with decent graphics and sound, would choose to play HTML5 games, over apps.

We like the fact that the games recognized the phone’s accelorometer orientation. As the standard evolves to support a higher degree of hardware integration, richer HTML5 games will enable developers to reach out to a large number of devices, without developing a port for each OS platform.

Nikhil adds: When I’m looking for a game to play, I just start any one of the 14 games I’ve downloaded, with the press of a button. It’s difficult to compete with apps that have been downloaded and saved, as opposed to connected apps on the web. I’m not very convinced about webapps for gaming.

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