The make up of Phaser
With a web server running if you are using Visual Studio Code you can simply open the folder for your game and start editing files. Other IDEs worth a mention are Visual Studio, Atom and Notepad++.
Atom is a code editor from the creators of GitHub. It is straight forward to use and is highly customisable (like Visual Studio Code). The current version works well but it is worth noting that GitHub have confirmed that it is going to be sunsetted towards the end of 2022.
Notepad++, so this gives you a very basic option when it comes to development. Seen as the next step up from Windows Notepad then you can probably understand why. There are a few benefits around syntax highlighting and clever multi-line editing which are useful. Unless you are a fan of building everything from the ground up and reading documentation then this one probably isn’t for you.
The main benefit of using TypeScript is that you unlock simple auto-complete in most IDEs. If you are new to programming or even a veteran this comes in very useful when working on something new. Phaser provides a TypeScript version you can download for use, so all of the built-in types are present.
Features of Phaser
Phaser is packed full of useful features from games physics, animations, camera controls, tilemaps, sound and mobile scaling (just to name a few). For developing games to run in the browser or on Facebook it is the ideal engine.
The best place to start is in the learn section on the Phaser IO website which has various tutorials. It is also the place you can find the full documentation and getting started guide.
Future of Phaser
Phaser is under constant community lead development. Being open-source and driven by the needs of developers then new features are being added all the time. Currently the production release of Phaser is version 3 but version 4 is already being heavily worked on.
The complexity of the games being developed is also gaining momentum. Going from a simple platformer to a few gamed in the Idle game series. A few of our favourites we have seen are Idle Zoo, fishing.io and Deadswitch 3. If you have spotted any of your favourites then we would love to hear about them, or maybe you have created your own game in Phaser and want to spread the word? Just drop us your suggestions and creations in a comment.
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