Perhaps you saw (and even played) URL Hunter
when it was being passed around the Internets a little while back -- it's a tiny little HTML 5 game that takes place all inside a long Uniform Resource Locator
in your web browser's address bar. The HTML script moves a few little "a" characters around, and you can line them up in your sights with arrow keys, pressing space to fire and shoot as many as possible within a time limit.
Developer Corey Johnson, formerly of Maxis and now working at Github
, says the game was developed
over just a few hours of programming time. After reading about HTML 5's address bar API
, he decided to try and make it interactive, and came up with URL Hunter
. He had "lots of ideas at first, but cut most of them because of my self-imposed time constraints" of only a few hours of work.
Johnson says that HTML 5's Canvas
element offers much more "potential" for browser-based games than his URL hacking. But that hasn't stopped us from getting the initial funding together for Joystiq Publishing's first browser-based product, Call of Document Object: Model Web Design 2