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PlayCanvas Reviews

PlayCanvas is an open-source game engine built on WebGL and WebVR.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about PlayCanvas and what they use it for.
  • WebGL2 Fundamentals
    What about ? - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • Is it possible to develop a game on my phone?
    There are many engines that you can use in browser. 1. (GDevelop)[] 2. (Construct 3)[] 3. (Godot Engine)[] 4. (Play Canvas)[] 5. (Hex Engine)[]. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • How to approach creating a virtual 3D art gallery
    I have done some project on who is a good too to make some good experiences. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Unreal Engine AR apps versus WebAR development and the GLB/GLTF export demon
    Web-focused 3D engines (three.js, babylon.js, PlayCanvas, ...) are pretty capable. Maybe not AAA-level like Unreal Engine, but certainly capable of the stuff you're describing here. If you're comfortable working within these frameworks, and writing shaders, there's a ton you can do. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Simple 3D Demo: ClojureScript + PlayCanvas + Odoyle Rules
    I wasn't familiar with PlayCanvas, looks very cool. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Web Dev or Game Dev?
    I was looking at the PlayCanvas stuff, which seemed pretty impressive. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • What language should I use to make games?
    Another thing I recommend is to learn how to make games with ThreeJS (3D) or PixiJs (2D) and build web-based games using javascript. If you want a full-fledged web game engine, then you can take a look at Playcanvas. Playcanvas is similar to unity but for web-based games. If you want to learn all about Three Js then this course will help you a lot. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Game dev engine like unreal engine or unity but with javascript?
    Not sure why no one has mentioned this yet but PlayCanvas is a good option - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Game dev engine like unreal engine or unity but with javascript?
    The closer to unity that I saw is PlayCanvas which has a web editor. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Why is visual programming so popular for game programming?
    They did, but then the FOSS movement took them away without proper replacements. For those that pay, or have their employers pay, for their tooling, - Source: Hacker News / 12 months ago
  • I want to learn c# but I have no idea how.
    a quick search of "online game engine" gave me,, and which all appear to have browser based GUIs, but I haven't personally used any of them (or heard of anyone using them tbh). Not sure why you would want that over a local interface, especially when you get into adding audio and art assets which can be quite large. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Game Programming Fundamentals
    Unity 3D Engine accepts Javascript. A WebGL-enabled Java engine such as PlayCanvas, developed at MIT, allows users to simultaneously work in the game with an online browser and publish to multiple platforms. - Source: / about 1 year ago
  • Townscaper Running in the Browser
    PlayCanvas[0] is the probably the closest "web-first" solution compared to Unity. Used by lots of Snap Games & Instant Games. It's written in JS which means that it's way smaller ~350kB for an empty scene if I recall. [0] - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Game engine for a 3D multiplayer browser game
    PlayCanvas (, free tier): full featured editor. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • An introduction to Three.js
    It’s worth noting Three.js is not the only JavaScript library to make WebGL easier. For example, Greensock, PlayCanvas and Pixi.js all offer the benefits of WebGL without actually writing WebGL. I think Three.js is a better choice for learning 3D however as the library has fewer distractions and is focused on one thing. - Source: / over 1 year ago
  • The Single-Page-App Morality Play
    When it comes to pages that would be served just fine with basic HTML, JavaScript and CSS there's an irritating, crossing into stupid, overemphasis on frameworks and patterns. A lot of times it's gotten to the point of bikeshedding. But that said there _is_ important progress being made in web tech but very little of it has to do with how you mash your HTML, JavaScript and CSS together. Take a look at what's being... - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Any engines which support cross-computer development?
    If you're not going to though then is an option. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Is there a decent way to develop android apps using dex?
    PlayCanvas is another example. But there I don't know, if it's possible to generate an App with. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Is there going to be like a mobile version of unity?
    Https:// comes to mind. I'm not confident it would be a reasonable experience, but... Maybe better than nothing? - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Creating a DOOM-inspired aesthetic with PlayCanvas – an interactive article
    Https:// describes itself as “the web-first game engine”. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: What Technologies Are Used for Google Doodle Champion Island Games?
    Some popular choices for web game development would be,,. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago

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PlayCanvas is an advanced WebGL game engine. With PlayCanvas, you can create interactive VR and 3D games. This game engine runs directly from the browser.

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