Winnie the Pooh’s Home Run Derby service ends as other Flash games prepare to shut down

Adobe Flash has long been used for simple browser games that most people could easily play. Over the years, the software has depreciated. Adobe announced months ago that it would no longer support the software on December 31, 2020 and would be replaced with more interactive HTML5.

However, some websites continued to make games using Flash. One of the most popular Flash games was a Japanese game called Winnie the Pooh Home Run Derby. The game was developed so that children can enjoy a game of baseball with some of the Winnie the Pooh‘s friends. The gameplay consisted of clicking a mouse button at the right time to hit the ball.

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The concept seemed simple enough, but the game got more and more difficult as players progressed through each level. The pitchers have become incredibly difficult to pass with the toughest opponent being Christopher Robin. The friendly human can throw any throw that previous throwers could, but he has a unique twist on every move. Robin could also throw the throws at much higher speeds than the other characters.

Christopher Robin’s difficulty level was quickly shared online around 2012, with members of various forums trying to defeat the final boss. Only those who hit 40 of Robin’s 50 throws could beat the game. Many have tried, but fewer have succeeded.

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Eight years after the discovery of the Internet Winnie the Pooh Home Run Derby, they must prepare to say goodbye. Since Adobe ceases to support Flash, which runs the game, Yahoo! The Japan Kids website announced that it is ending service for the game on December 16 in the country.

The English version of the game is still available on the Disney LOL website with no news of its deletion. The English version is also run using Flash, which means it’s only a matter of time before the game leaves Disney LOL as well. Most browsers will refuse to load the game, but there may be other places to play it after Flash support ends.

Winnie the Pooh Home Run Derby isn’t the only game players will have to say goodbye to in the near future. Other sites hosting Flash games, such as Newgrounds and Flashpoint, strive to archive content as quickly as possible, even after many developers have long abandoned their plans. Even though new games are coming out all the time, there are some games that are so memorable that it’s hard for many to say goodbye.

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Adobe is officially ending support for Flash on December 31, 2020.

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