If you’ve ever wanted to play NEStalgia on other platforms, your wait is almost over. Thanks to the hard work of the folks at BYOND (creators of the tools used to develop NEStalgia), we now have a working HTML5 client for the game that is playable in most major web browsers. That includes Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and even mobile platforms.
This “NEStalgia Webclient” employs the same account system and can access the same NEStalgia servers as the desktop client, meaning that you can basically switch back and forth from any platform at will. Opening the NEStalgia Webclient is as simple as clicking or navigating to the URL for a server and then logging in.
The Webclient is very exciting news, though it does come with a few caveats:
- The Webclient can’t yet be used to host or play single player games. You must join a server being hosted by someone else, such as our official servers or any public/private server.
- This new client can indeed be accessed by browsers on tablets (etc.), though the controls and the interface have not yet been adapted to make intuitive use of touch screens. In other words, tablet/smartphone compatibility is neat, but I don’t think that playing the game on a tablet would be much fun yet.
- Though it’s stable and works well, the Webclient is still very much in beta. You will almost certainly encounter aesthetic glitches, and your experience may vary (for better or worse) when using different web browsers.
You’ll be able to give the Webclient a spin after v1.70.0 is released (which should be sometime this weekend). [Edit: I didn’t quite get v1.70.0 finished for the weekend; my goal now is this Thursday the 25th] I’ll post an announcement when both the v1.70.0 update and Webclient access are live. In the meantime, here are a few screenshots that I took while playing NEStalgia on various devices earlier today: