NextPlay, a feature rich Instant Play alternative, is a project that hasn’t got the attention it deserves. NextPlay was launched on February 22nd 2009 by Covac Software which is lead by uuf6429 at the GMC. NextPlay has the most features when comparing it to some other Instant Play alternatives as you can see on this chart (created by James Rhodes) that compares various services:
As you can see from the chart, this cross-browser plug-in is only lacking one thing: the estimated time remaining to launch the game. It also has the lowest number of clicks needed to run a game. NextPlay is able to embed a game right inside your browser which means unnecessary clicking is eliminated, while the option for a Pop-up window is still optional.
NextPlay is also extremely easy to install. You are able to install the entire plug-in as well as the provided SDK within a few clicks by installing it directly off of the website. The website also provides a few demo games which allow the user to try out the plug-in right after installing it. The SDK provided allows the user to package their game and prepare it for the embedding. It also includes tools to help the user create a perfect set of html tags for embedding their game.
This powerful plug-in is very easy to use and is the most feature-rich Instant Play alternative available. Unfortunately this project was not advertised greatly, allowing for other Instant Play alternatives to jump ahead with their user bases. With YoYo Games planning to enable instant play for websites other then their own website, it is quite possible that all of the Instant Play alternatives will slowly fade away.
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