Flash Games: Where Are They Now?

A year after the infamous closing of Adobe Flash, its games and developers of yore are still around in various ways

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Newgrounds, one of the most popular websites in the early Flash days, has adapted to Flash’s shutdown by creating its own launcher that doesn’t require the software.

Ella Whalen, Staff Writer

Adobe officially stopped supporting its software Flash just under a year ago, finally blocking its use in web browsers on January 12th, 2021. While this closure was hinted at as early as 2015, many games and animations from the early 00’s onward had yet to update to other software before the deadline, putting their existence on the web at risk. For those nostalgic for the free market of games from their childhood, though, not only are there archives of this piece of gaming history, some Flash developers have broadened their horizons into new works as well.

The premiere archive of Flash games and animations is BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint, preserving over 100,000 games and 10,000 animations from across the two decades. While the total archive is over 800 GB, the initial download is only 3 GB, with additional content being downloaded as you request it. Its archiving is completely neutral, including content that may be offensive to viewers, and certain developers such as Nitrome have requested their content not be included in the archive. However, it still is the best preservation of Flash content to date, and with its tagging system, it’s simple enough to filter out undesirable content.

Other sources continue to make games with a similar charm as well. Websites such as Newgrounds and Coolmath still exist, either hosting games with newer software like HTML5 or having a separate launcher

Some developers have opted to port their existing games to new devices, notably the Papa Louie restaurant simulation games being available on mobile devices. Others have gone to Steam, like PuffballsUnited of Henry Stickmin fame or Brad Borne with Fancy Pants Adventure, occasionally with additional content tied in with their original titles to keep things fresh even for returning players. Yet others are continuing to produce games; Mateusz Skutnik, the creator of Submachine, Daymare Town and Covert Front, has recently released Slice of Sea on Steam and his own website, while the aptly named Super Flash Brothers (now only abbreviated as SFB Games) created the iconic Nintendo Switch launch game Snipperclips and continue to work on new puzzle games.