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Aquatic webgame Subbania is Das Boot reimagined as a Metroidvania

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We're constantly being told that HTML5 is the future of webgames, but until now actual fully-fledged games developed using the language have been thin on the ground. Enter Subbania (opens in new tab) , a game two years in the making that plays like a mixture of Metroid, Aquaria, and Das Boot. You can buy it (opens in new tab) for $2.99, or download a demo here (opens in new tab) , but you'll need the Chrome browser (for the demo at least), as it runs like a schweinhund in Firefox.

Developer Ektomarch outlines the frustration of working with HTML5 and Chrome on the frank blog post (opens in new tab) that accompanies the game launch, but the result is an atmospheric underwater shooter/exploration game with "118 levels, 25 songs, around 20000 lines of code, so many enemies and entities that I'm not even going to bother counting them, and a few solid hours of content." Also: demons. Have a look at them in action in the soggy trailer.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.