Learn to create HTML5 3D games with Three.js thanks to Three.js Essentials book

Do you know Three.js? It’s an open source JavaScript library thatallows you to easily create good-looking 3D scenes directly inside your browser rendering using WebGL if the browser supports it, or falling it back to an HTML5 canvas or an SVG approach if WebGL isn’t supported.

You can even create 3D games which run on browser. If you want a quick but comprehensive guide about Three.js, I recommend you to read Three.js Essentials.

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From setting up a development environment and creating your first Three.js scene, you will quickly dive into more complex scene-making. Discover a variety of possible scenes from how to make a rotating planet with data overlay to mini games. Through these examples, you will be shown an array of skills from using materials, controls, and lighting to creating particle systems and geometries from scratch.

Let’s have a detailed look at the book:

Chapter 1: Three.js is introduced, you will familiarize with the requirements to make it run on a local server on your computer. You will be able to create your first web application: it’s just a box over a plane but it’s your first step into Three.js 3D environment. Also you will be able to make your object to cast shadows, which is generally an advanced feature.

Chapter 2: begins with the creation of a planet (actually planet Earth) which you can turn around just like Google Earth and place into a space environment with stars and nebulas. Normal and specular maps will give your planet the bumps and reflections to add photo realism. The resulting planet will look very realistic.

Chapter 3: here you will be able to create your first game: a cube exploring a 3D mazes rendered with lights and textures. You will also learn the principles of collision detection and camera controls.

Chapter 4: it’s entirely focused on particle effects, which can really add a lot to game experience. In this case, you will build an audio spectrum analyzer entirely made with particles. I said “an audio analyzer” but you will actually see how to build a lot of audio analyzers using different particle effetcs.

Chapter 5: this chapter covers one of the things I love the most: procedural terrain generation. And it covers it really well. You will also see how to create procedural buildings (actually, an entire town) and procedural plants and trees.

Chapter 6: if you are into web design, this chapter only is worth the entire book, because you will learn how to combine HTML and Three.js with CSS3DRenderer in order to create 3D Google maps and 3D image galleries. No more flat lightboxes in youw webistes!

Chapter 7: dedicated to all 3D artists, which will learn how to fully integrate their Blender models into a Three.js world.

No need to say I definitively recommend Three.js Essentials book.

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215 GAME PROTOTYPES EXPLAINED WITH SOURCE CODE
// 1+2=3
// 100 rounds
// 10000000
// 2 Cars
// 2048
// A Blocky Christmas
// A Jumping Block
// A Life of Logic
// Angry Birds
// Angry Birds Space
// Artillery
// Astro-PANIC!
// Avoider
// Back to Square One
// Ball Game
// Ball vs Ball
// Ball: Revamped
// Balloon Invasion
// BallPusher
// Ballz
// Bar Balance
// Bejeweled
// Biggification
// Block it
// Blockage
// Bloons
// Boids
// Bombuzal
// Boom Dots
// Bouncing Ball
// Bouncing Ball 2
// Bouncy Light
// BoxHead
// Breakout
// Bricks
// Bubble Chaos
// Bubbles 2
// Card Game
// Castle Ramble
// Chronotron
// Circle Chain
// Circle Path
// Circle Race
// Circular endless runner
// Cirplosion
// CLOCKS - The Game
// Color Hit
// Color Jump
// ColorFill
// Columns
// Concentration
// Crossy Road
// Crush the Castle
// Cube Jump
// CubesOut
// Dash N Blast
// Dashy Panda
// Deflection
// Diamond Digger Saga
// Don't touch the spikes
// Dots
// Down The Mountain
// Drag and Match
// Draw Game
// Drop Wizard
// DROP'd
// Dudeski
// Dungeon Raid
// Educational Game
// Elasticity
// Endless Runner
// Erase Box
// Eskiv
// Farm Heroes Saga
// Filler
// Flappy Bird
// Fling
// Flipping Legend
// Floaty Light
// Fuse Ballz
// GearTaker
// Gem Sweeper
// Globe
// Goat Rider
// Gold Miner
// Grindstone
// GuessNext
// Helicopter
// Hero Emblems
// Hero Slide
// Hexagonal Tiles
// HookPod
// Hop Hop Hop Underwater
// Horizontal Endless Runner
// Hundreds
// Hungry Hero
// Hurry it's Christmas
// InkTd
// Iromeku
// Jet Set Willy
// Jigsaw Game
// Knife Hit
// Knightfall
// Legends of Runeterra
// Lep's World
// Line Rider
// Lumines
// Magick
// MagOrMin
// Mass Attack
// Math Game
// Maze
// Meeblings
// Memdot
// Metro Siberia Underground
// Mike Dangers
// Mikey Hooks
// Nano War
// Nodes
// o:anquan
// One Button Game
// One Tap RPG
// Ononmin
// Pacco
// Perfect Square!
// Perfectionism
// Phyballs
// Pixel Purge
// PixelField
// Planet Revenge
// Plants Vs Zombies
// Platform
// Platform game
// Plus+Plus
// Pocket Snap
// Poker
// Pool
// Pop the Lock
// Pop to Save
// Poux
// Pudi
// Pumpkin Story
// Puppet Bird
// Pyramids of Ra
// qomp
// Quick Switch
// Racing
// Radical
// Rebuild Chile
// Renju
// Rise Above
// Risky Road
// Roguelike
// Roly Poly
// Run Around
// Rush Hour
// SameGame
// SamePhysics
// Save the Totem
// Security
// Serious Scramblers
// Shrink it
// Sling
// Slingy
// Snowflakes
// Sokoban
// Space Checkers
// Space is Key
// Spellfall
// Spinny Gun
// Splitter
// Spring Ninja
// Sproing
// Stabilize!
// Stack
// Stairs
// Stick Hero
// String Avoider
// Stringy
// Sudoku
// Super Mario Bros
// Surfingers
// Survival Horror
// Talesworth Adventure
// Tetris
// The Impossible Line
// The Moops - Combos of Joy
// The Next Arrow
// Threes
// Tic Tac Toe
// Timberman
// Tiny Wings
// Tipsy Tower
// Toony
// Totem Destroyer
// Tower Defense
// Trick Shot
// Tunnelball
// Turn
// Turnellio
// TwinSpin
// vvvvvv
// Warp Shift
// Way of an Idea
// Whack a Creep
// Wheel of Fortune
// Where's my Water
// Wish Upon a Star
// Word Game
// Wordle
// Worms
// Yanga
// Yeah Bunny
// Zhed
// zNumbers