Amazon S3 is a huge benefit to the gaming industry. In this day of downloads being the main way to access games, it is a massively popular medium for storing the game data to be served out to gamers. Its distributed, fault-tolerant and highly scalable architecture means that it is a reliable way to get game files to users.
Did you know that you can run games directly on Amazon S3 though?. HTML5 games can live in an S3 bucket and be served directly from there.
There are quite a few games running and being served directly from s3 buckets.
Most of them live in the s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws location and are built on the playcanvas system.
The amazon s3 games are generally pretty simple affairs and take advantage of HTML5 and its flexibility and capability. They are small and let you play them anywhere.
They are clearly a way for people to learn games development in a simple way that allows them to distribute their creations widely and easily.
Here is a list of all of the amazon s3 games that I have found
All of the Amazon S3 Games that are out there!
Swerve is a simple game where you control a car that is driving along a road and you click the mouse to make it swerve around corners. It gets pretty frantic at times and there are pickups to collect and things to avoid.
Robo Racer is a runer style game but with a more analogue control method. There are a couple of different tracks, coins to collect and obstacles to avoid.
Chickens Day Off
Chickens Day off is a frogger clone. You guide a cube across increasingly busy roads.
It’s just what you would expect with a clone of the popular Flappy Bird Game
Space Buggy is a space physics driving game. The aim is to try to get along various courses as quickly as possible but the catch is that you are driving in low gravity and you only have a small amount of fuel to accelerate with. You have to be careful not to overturn your buggy.
This is a really well-done version of monopoly. It looks really slick and is a great copy of the popular board game.
Swoop has you controlling a plane and trying to collect stars. It’s a nice looking game and quite relaxing.
One thing is that there are no instructions. There is only one button that you need which seems to be the space bar to control the plane but it would be nice to have that written somewhere.
Call of Duty Gunsmith
Minecraft is a bit too complicated to play run just on S3 storage. That only allows static files so you are basically limited to html and scripting.
You can run your own Minecraft server on AWS though and it’s really easy thanks to Amazon’s Lightsail service which lets you deploy your own VM with a few clicks.
Check out this guide: https://aws.amazon.com/getting-started/hands-on/run-your-own-minecraft-server/
Amazon S3 Car Games
Do you know any good ones that I have missed? Let me know in the comments,