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This is our next game development article. We continue a series of articles on game development in HTML5 using canvas. Today I will show you how to apply some physics to your project (with using Box2D). Box2D is popular open source engine that simulates 2D physics for applications. 2D Physics Engine is a hot topic in game development. With the help of this physics engine, we can easily create a playable game by just defining an environment and a simple rule.

Here you can read our previous lesson: Developing Your First HTML5 Game – Lesson 7.

Here are our demo and downloadable packages:

Live Demo

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Ok, download the example files and let's start coding !

Step 0. Pre-phase

First, you have to download the Box2D library here.

Step 1. HTML

Today we have to link all necessary library files to our project.


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" >
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <title>HTML5 Game Development - Lesson 8 | Script Tutorials</title>
        <link href="css/main.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

        <script src="js/protoclass.js"></script>
        <script src="js/jquery-1.6.min.js"></script>

        <!-- box2djs -->
        <script src="js/box2d/common/b2Settings.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/common/math/b2Vec2.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/common/math/b2Mat22.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/common/math/b2Math.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2AABB.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2Bound.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2BoundValues.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2Pair.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2PairCallback.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2BufferedPair.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2PairManager.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2BroadPhase.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2Collision.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/Features.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2ContactID.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2ContactPoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2Distance.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2Manifold.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2OBB.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/b2Proxy.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/ClipVertex.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2Shape.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2ShapeDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2BoxDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2CircleDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2CircleShape.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2MassData.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2PolyDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/collision/shapes/b2PolyShape.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2Body.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2BodyDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2CollisionFilter.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2Island.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2TimeStep.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2ContactNode.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2Contact.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2ContactConstraint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2ContactConstraintPoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2ContactRegister.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2ContactSolver.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2CircleContact.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2Conservative.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2NullContact.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2PolyAndCircleContact.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/contacts/b2PolyContact.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2ContactManager.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2World.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/b2WorldListener.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2JointNode.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2Joint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2JointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2DistanceJoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2DistanceJointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2Jacobian.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2GearJoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2GearJointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2MouseJoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2MouseJointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2PrismaticJoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2PrismaticJointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2PulleyJoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2PulleyJointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2RevoluteJoint.js"></script>
        <script src="js/box2d/dynamics/joints/b2RevoluteJointDef.js"></script>
        <script src="js/script.js"></script>
            <h2>HTML5 Game Development - Lesson 8</h2>
            <a href="http://www.script-tutorials.com/html5-game-development-lesson-8/" class="stuts">Back to original tutorial on <span>Script Tutorials</span></a>
        <div class="container">
            <canvas id="game" width="800" height="600"></canvas>

Step 2. CSS


I won’t publish CSS styles today; there are only a few page layout styles. You can find this file in our package.

Step 3. JS

js/jquery-1.6.min.js and js/protoclass.js

Both libraries available in our package. Next file is the most important – it is the main code of our game:


var canvas, ctx;
var canvasWidth;
var canvasHeight;
var world;
var iBorder = 5;

// get rand number between X and Y
function getRand(x, y) {
    return Math.floor(Math.random()*y)+x;

$(function() {
    // create the world
    world = createWorld();

    // get canvas and context
    canvas = document.getElementById('game');
    ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
    canvasWidth = parseInt(canvas.width);
    canvasHeight = parseInt(canvas.height);

    // create the ground
    createGround(canvasWidth / 2, canvasHeight - iBorder, canvasWidth / 2, iBorder, 0);
    createGround(iBorder, canvasHeight / 2, iBorder, canvasHeight / 2, 0); // left border
    createGround(canvasWidth - iBorder, canvasHeight / 2, iBorder, canvasHeight / 2, 0); // right border

    // add first rand object

    // draw frame

// add random objects
function addObjects() {
    var iVar = getRand(1, 2);

    if (iVar == 1) {
        var x = getRand(100, 600);
        var y = 0;
        var r = getRand(10, 40);
        createCircleAt(x, y, r);
    } else if (iVar == 2) {
        var x = getRand(100, 600);
        var y = 0;
        var w = getRand(5, 40);
        var h = getRand(5, 40);
        createBoxAt(x, y, w, h);

    // set timer
    setTimeout(addObjects, 500);

// draw frame
function frame() {
    world.Step(1.0 / 60, 1);
    ctx.clearRect(0, 0, canvasWidth, canvasHeight);

    // draw world
    drawWorld(world, ctx);

    // set timer
    setTimeout(frame, 10);

// create world
function createWorld() {

    // set the size of the world
    var worldAABB = new b2AABB();
    worldAABB.minVertex.Set(-1000, -1000);
    worldAABB.maxVertex.Set(1000, 1000);

    // Define the gravity
    var gravity = new b2Vec2(0, 200);

    // set to ignore sleeping object
    var doSleep = false;

    // finally create the world with the size, graivty and sleep object parameter.
    return new b2World(worldAABB, gravity, doSleep);

// create ground (box-type object)
function createGround(x, y, width, height, rotation) {
    // box shape definition
    var groundSd = new b2BoxDef();
    groundSd.extents.Set(width, height);
    groundSd.restitution = 0.4;

    var groundBd = new b2BodyDef();
    groundBd.position.Set(x, y);
    groundBd.rotation = rotation * Math.PI / 180;
    return world.CreateBody(groundBd);

// create box
function createBoxAt(x, y, w, h) {
    var boxSd = new b2BoxDef();
    boxSd.density = 1.0;
    boxSd.friction = 1.0;
    boxSd.restitution = .5;
    boxSd.extents.Set(w, h);

    // add to world as shape
    var boxBd = new b2BodyDef();
    return world.CreateBody(boxBd);

// create circle
function createCircleAt(x, y, r) {
    var boxSd = new b2CircleDef();
    boxSd.density = 1.0;
    boxSd.friction = 1.0;
    boxSd.restitution = .5;
    boxSd.radius = r;

    // add to world as shape
    var boxBd = new b2BodyDef();
    return world.CreateBody(boxBd);

// draw world
function drawWorld(world, context) {
    for (var b = world.m_bodyList; b != null; b = b.m_next) {
        for (var s = b.GetShapeList(); s != null; s = s.GetNext()) {
            drawShape(s, context);

// draw shapes
function drawShape(shape, context) {
    context.strokeStyle = '#0000ff';
    context.fillStyle = 'rgba(100, 100, 255, 0.8)';

    switch (shape.m_type) {
        case b2Shape.e_circleShape:
            var circle = shape;
            var pos = circle.m_position;
            var r = circle.m_radius;
            var segments = 16.0;
            var theta = 0.0;
            var dtheta = 2.0 * Math.PI / segments;
            context.moveTo(pos.x + r, pos.y);
            for (var i = 0; i < segments; i++) {
                var d = new b2Vec2(r * Math.cos(theta), r * Math.sin(theta));
                var v = b2Math.AddVV(pos, d);
                context.lineTo(v.x, v.y);
                theta += dtheta;
            context.lineTo(pos.x + r, pos.y);
            context.moveTo(pos.x, pos.y);
            var ax = circle.m_R.col1;
            var pos2 = new b2Vec2(pos.x + r * ax.x, pos.y + r * ax.y);
            context.lineTo(pos2.x, pos2.y);
        case b2Shape.e_polyShape:
            var poly = shape;
            var tV = b2Math.AddVV(poly.m_position, b2Math.b2MulMV(poly.m_R, poly.m_vertices[0]));
            context.moveTo(tV.x, tV.y);
            for (var i = 0; i < poly.m_vertexCount; i++) {
                var v = b2Math.AddVV(poly.m_position, b2Math.b2MulMV(poly.m_R, poly.m_vertices[i]));
                context.lineTo(v.x, v.y);
            context.lineTo(tV.x, tV.y);

I have added my comments everywhere. Hope that all this code is pretty understandable.

Live Demo

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And that’s it! You have just completed our new lesson with HTML5 and Box2D. Congratulations!


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