Over 36,000 Flash Games Have Been Saved And Are Now Playable Offline

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Over 36,000 Flash Games Have Been Saved And Are Now Playable Offline
Gif: BlueMaxima/Flashpoint, <a href="https://youtu.be/qrU6RJbeKfo">YouTube</a>

For a long time, the internet was filled with games and animation all built-in Flash. But when this year ends, Flash will die as nearly all major web browsers will remove Flash support on Dec. 31, 2020. Luckily, all that content won’t be lost thanks to Flashpoint, a project which has saved over 36,000 Flash games from disappearing forever.

Back in 2017, Adobe announced that it would stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020. The company spent the last three years working with other tech firms like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google to make the transition as smooth as possible. And while many games and apps have moved to HTML5 or Unity, many other games haven’t made the jump to newer, safer technology. And with less than a year left, most never will.

That’s where Flashpoint comes in to save a huge chunk of gaming history. Flashpoint uses open-source tech to allow folks to download and play a large list of games and animations. The full list contains just over 36,000 games and you can suggest new games to be added if something you love isn’t on here.

The folks running this project will pull games if the copyright holder or original creator requests that, but it seems this isn’t happening much. Which is great. Flash games might seem like silly and weird mini-games today, but a decade ago they probably made up half of the games I played. If you went to a school with a computer lab anytime in the last 15 years or so, you probably spent way too many hours playing Flash games on sites like Miniclip.

And while Flash games might not be as impressive today, they are still an important part of gaming history. These small web games can be directly linked to the later rise of mobile and indie games and helped many creators get their feet wet with building and creating video games.

Over at Flashpoint’s website you can find a section where you can download the full collection. It does take up nearly 290GB of space, but you can also download a smaller version that only downloads games as you play them if you want to save room on your hard drive.

Comments

    • You can enable flash natively, in chrome/brave at least. You click the padlock next to the URL and choose “site settings” and then you can enable or disable flash for that site.

      But the download for this has a game launcher, anyway. Windows Only, of course.

    • When the browser vendors drop support for the plugin interface used by Flash, your only option would be to use old versions of those browsers. You might get a bit more time from the long term support channel of Firefox, but the writing is on the wall.

      As for this Flashpoint thing, the article is a bit misleading in crediting “open source magic”. It seems what they’ve done is packaged Adobe’s standalone Flash Player with a proxy server to make it appear that the that the locally downloaded games are being run from their original websites. It is probably more maintainable than relying on the browser plugins, but it’s going to be just as unmaintained by the end of the year.

  • always good to save some history. flash games were definitely a huge part of school life a decade ago. trying not to get caught. having a small window and alt tabbing when the teacher walked around the corner. it was great fun and the games were silly. stuff designed to just screw around with a few and hour or so a day when you were just bored and didn’t have anything you needed. they were relaxing as anything else I can think of.

    It’s just nice that people actually think these are worth saving. funny they seem like such a small thing and maybe they were. it’s just a part of the internet age I don’t think we’ll ever really experience again. that boom was a one time thing. schools have better monitoring tech and firewalls. kids just don’t really care for them all that much. an era is ended indeed.

    I may have rose tinted glasses on these but, they were a wonderful thing in their time. the saddest thing here is that this makes me feel old… except i’m still in my early 20’s. I suppose it makes me appreciate just how far we’ve come in recent years. a lot of things have changed. this are still changing but, some experiences and memories really do stick around for life I guess.

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