Over 36,000 Flash games have been recorded and are now playable offline

For a long time, the Internet was filled with games and animations all built into Flash. But at the end of this year, Flash will die because almost all major web browsers will drop support for Flash on December 31, 2020. Fortunately, not all of this content will be lost thanks to Flashpoint, a project that has saved over 36 000 Flash games to disappear forever.

Back in 2017, Adobe has announced that it will stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020. The company has spent the past three years working with other tech companies 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 leap to newer, more secure technology. And with less than a year, most never will.

This is where Flashpoint comes in to save much of gaming history. Flashpoint uses open source technology to allow people to download and play a large roster of games and animations. The full list contains just over 36,000 games and you can suggest new games to add if something you like is not here.

The folks running this project will be removing the games if the copyright holder or the original creator requests it, but it doesn’t appear to be happening much. Who is great. Flash games might seem like silly, weird mini-games today, but ten years ago they were probably half of the games I played. If you’ve been to a school with a computer lab in the past 15 years or so, you’ve probably spent far 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 little web games can be directly linked to the subsequent boom in mobile and indie games and have helped many creators to get acquainted with building and creating video games.

On the Flashpoint website you will find a section where you can download the full collection. It takes almost 290 GB space, but you can also download a smaller version that only downloads the games when you play them if you want to save hard drive space.

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