Remastered Flash games are the key to preserving the past
In 2008, anyone with a decent computer and web browser could instantly access hundreds of games. The accessibility of Flash as a programming platform revolutionized the Internet, and with communities like Newgrounds and Kongregate, it was easy for developers to download games that millions of people could quickly load and play.
But now that Flash is supported on fewer devices, many games of the past are at risk of being lost due to technological developments. If these games are not suitable for modern devices, it will not take long for them to become completely unplayable.
When I remember the bygone era of Flash games, I always think of the game fondly (I fell in love with) the majesty of colors. It was released at a time when many developers were still experimenting with what was possible with Flash. Some developers were getting their teeth into basic action games, while others were exploring how the medium could create new types of interactive fiction. I have always been drawn to the latter type because, at the time, more experimental and artistic games were still new and fascinating to me.
The majesty of colors was one of the first ambitious Flash games I remember viewing, and it has marked me over the years. You start each game by waking up in the dark and taking on the role of an HP Lovecraft-inspired monster, who lives beneath the waves. You notice balloons in the sky, which seem foreign to the creature you are playing with. Taking control of one of its members, you click on balloons to bring them closer to your eyes. Suddenly the dull, monochromatic look of the game fades and it explodes in color. Various humans then appear; how you interact with them – whether kindly or maliciously – determines what ending you get. Each interaction plays out like a vignette, and their outcomes each feel important and carry a lot of weight.
When I played this game a decade ago, I was moved by its attention, despite the short runtime. The five different endings of the game didn’t blow my mind, but The majesty of colors does a great job of wrapping in a lot of stories despite using so few variables.
So I was delighted to find that The majesty of colors just received a modern remaster that has been completely rebuilt to work on current generation devices. Instead of relying on a Flash-based website to keep the game online, or the original creator hosting a mirror on their own site, I now have a copy to keep forever.
As the sun sets on older technology, games related to archaic platforms will end up getting lost over time. Fortunately, console games can still be played on their original hardware, but even then, those who depend on online services still suffer. Keeping a Flash game alive can be a tedious process, even for a little one like The majesty of colors, which was remastered by just two people.
But for Melissa and Gregory Avery-Weir, the duo behind the game, preserving Majesty for future audiences was important: not only to keep their game playable on updated hardware, but also to use the benefits of modern technology to fine tune it, maintaining its appeal and relevance to older fans and fans alike. new.
After beating the remastered game for the first time, you unlock a long Notes section, where the developers detail the process of remastering the game. A major part of the project was to preserve the look and feel while bringing it up to standards. modern. More readable text and updated controls for touch devices allow The majesty of colors be more accessible than it could ever be in its Flash version.
Flash’s ubiquity was great: all kinds of developers tried out new ideas and pitched them to millions of people in no time. As the way we experience games has changed dramatically over the past decade – thanks to places like Steam, Reddit, and Polygon – it becomes less likely that new players will discover the gems of the past. For The majesty of colors, this will no longer be the case.
You can grab the remastered version of The majesty of colors on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.