TypeScript for Game Development: Getting Started


Game development is an exciting field, and TypeScript can be a great choice for building games. In this guide, we'll get started with game development using TypeScript and the Phaser game framework. Phaser is a fast, free, and fun open-source framework for Canvas and WebGL-powered browser games. It provides a rich set of features and tools for creating games in the browser.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites installed:

  • Node.js: You can download it from https://nodejs.org/
  • Visual Studio Code (or your preferred code editor)

Creating a Simple Phaser Game

Let's create a simple Phaser game to get started with game development in TypeScript.

Step 1: Create a New Project

Create a new directory for your game project and navigate to it in your terminal.

mkdir my-phaser-game
cd my-phaser-game

Step 2: Initialize a Node.js Project

Initialize a Node.js project and answer the prompts. You can use the default settings for most prompts.

npm init

Step 3: Install Phaser

Install the Phaser framework as a dependency:

npm install phaser

Step 4: Create Your Game

Create a new TypeScript file for your game, for example, game.ts. In this file, you can start writing your game code using Phaser.

// Import the Phaser library
import 'phaser';
// Define your game configuration
const config: Phaser.Types.Core.GameConfig = {
type: Phaser.AUTO,
width: 800,
height: 600,
scene: {
preload: preload,
create: create,
// Create a new game instance
const game = new Phaser.Game(config);
// Implement the preload function
function preload() {
this.load.image('logo', 'assets/logo.png');
// Implement the create function
function create() {
const logo = this.add.image(400, 300, 'logo');

Step 5: Serve Your Game

Serve your game locally using a development server. You can use a tool like live-server or any other local server of your choice. Simply run:

npx live-server

Step 6: Open Your Game in the Browser

Open your game in a web browser by visiting the provided URL. You should see your simple Phaser game in action.


Getting started with game development using TypeScript and Phaser is a fun and creative journey. Phaser offers a wide range of features for creating games, and TypeScript adds type safety and code organization to your game development workflow. As you become more familiar with game development, you can explore advanced features and build complex games that run in the browser.