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What were/are your favorite flash/browser games?

Flash is gonna die for good in a few days (dec 31st) so I felt this is a good time to ask this question. (Although obviously, there have been large efforts to preserve these when the developers did not. And even then, HTML5 means browser games will continue to exist, even though mobile games have mostly replaced browser games anyway.)

Mine personally were (taking away some of the more well-known ones):

Gravitee 2

Basically a game of celestial golfball. Had a level editor, which was quite fun.

Bonk.io (although this one has a sequel that's not in flash)

Pretty popular for a flash game made in 2016. Basically a game where balls need to "bonk" eachother out of the playing field.

Effing meteors (Definitely one of the games that I probably remember being better than it is.)

Basically a game where you clump up small meteors into bigger meteors to destroy stuff.

Ribbit

A game where a rabbit and frog are fused together and need to bounce like a pogo to the end.

Frost bite

A mountain climbing platforming game.

Sushi cat

A game where you need to eat sushis quickly. Also has cutscenes.

Flash cat

An aesthetic racing game? Not entirely sure.

Chisel

A game where you drill through the planet enough times to move to the next level (man, I had some weird gameplay preferences.)

Dillo hills

A game where you need to time your descents to pick up speed in the hills and fly.

Dino run

An 8 bit game where you as a dinosaur need to outrun extinction.

Raccoon racing

A power-up racing game I remember playing quite a bit. Definitely designed for children, even if that's not very surprising.

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  1. [2]
    FishFingus
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    My favourite, I seem to remember, were a few BMX simulators on a defunct site called TeaGames, as well as LineRider. The original N was a hoot, too. I think it ran on Flash, but I'm not sure. Same...

    My favourite, I seem to remember, were a few BMX simulators on a defunct site called TeaGames, as well as LineRider. The original N was a hoot, too. I think it ran on Flash, but I'm not sure. Same with Armadillo Run.

    10 votes
    1. xnaas
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      I'd completely forgotten about Line Rider. It runs like ass and has no sound (for me), but it's still fun anyway.

      I'd completely forgotten about Line Rider. It runs like ass and has no sound (for me), but it's still fun anyway.

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    petrichor
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    Here's a shortlist of my favorites. The Impossible Quiz: Easily my favorite Flash game ever, much of my younger years were spent working through this and its sequels. Its wordplay-themed nature,...

    Here's a shortlist of my favorites.

    • The Impossible Quiz: Easily my favorite Flash game ever, much of my younger years were spent working through this and its sequels. Its wordplay-themed nature, mixed with some truly devious puzzles (my favorite of which required abusing the right-click Flash popup as a bridge), made for a truly memorable game.
    • Fire Boy and Water Girl: A classic Flash multiplayer puzzle games that has one player playing with WASD while the other uses the arrow keys. There's four games in the series, but I have the strongest memories of the Forest Temple levels.
    • Bloons Tower Defense 5: One of the most popular Flash games amongst my friends from back in the day, this line of games has near-completely transitioned to mobile. Being able to make accounts and log into them from within the Flash blew my elementary-school brain.
    • Super Smash Flash: Smash? In Flash? I have no idea how this pair of games somehow snuck under the Big N's copyright-dar. Regardless, these games were known for including out-there characters that wouldn't ever make it into an official roster, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Cloud from Final Fantasy.
    • Homestuck: Strictly speaking, this is a webcomic and not a Flash game per say, but it frequently leveraged the medium for musically-scored animations and interactive walkarounds.
    • All the various personal websites that used Flash for interactivity. Even with what's possible in the modern web, many of these shifted entirely away from user interaction and towards the more standard vertical-scrolling design. Perhaps best exemplified by JK Rowling's personal site over the years.
    9 votes
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      CrunchyTabasco
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      Oh my god, I didn't even think about the Impossible Quiz! Is there a ported version of that anywhere? I used to play that for HOURS in middle school but I could never actually beat it.

      Oh my god, I didn't even think about the Impossible Quiz! Is there a ported version of that anywhere? I used to play that for HOURS in middle school but I could never actually beat it.

      4 votes
      1. xnaas
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        Man...I don't know how many hours I wasted at school playing it and variants with classmates. I don't know if any of these would scratch your itch or not.

        Oh my god, I didn't even think about the Impossible Quiz!
        I used to play that for HOURS in middle school but I could never actually beat it.

        Man...I don't know how many hours I wasted at school playing it and variants with classmates.

        Is there a ported version of that anywhere?

        I don't know if any of these would scratch your itch or not.

        1 vote
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    herson
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    I remember having a lot of .swf files and playing them in my computer locally since I didn't have internet connection back then, these are the ones I enjoyed the most: Maratón: The first flash...

    I remember having a lot of .swf files and playing them in my computer locally since I didn't have internet connection back then, these are the ones I enjoyed the most:

    • Maratón: The first flash game I ever played back in Windows 98, it was just a quiz game and nothing more. The game was in spanish and I don't know if they ever released an english version, so if you didn't know about this game, that's why.
    • Cat-A-Pult: I was an edgy teen back then when I played this game, it doesn't appeal to me anymore but I played a lot of this.
    • Egg Toss: This may be my favorite flash game of all times, and it's the most simple from the list, it's an egg and you have to jump, really simple.

    From miniclip games, I like how they were very polished, the ones that I played the most where:

    • Egg run: It was short but very fun, also I liked a lot the graphic style.
    • Smashing: This one was long and pretty difficult, my favorite from miniclip.
    • Mini Golf: There's not much to say here, it's minigolf and is very well done.

    Unicorn Robot Attack: Long after flash died, I started playing this game so I won't include it with the others, but this one is so good, and if you didn't know about it, you should play it.

    6 votes
    1. moocow1452
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      Robot Unicorn Attack was my first experience with what became the endless runner genre, and I don't think it was ever really surpassed.

      Robot Unicorn Attack was my first experience with what became the endless runner genre, and I don't think it was ever really surpassed.

      4 votes
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      xnaas
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      Playable on archive.org, for people who aren't still running Flash. Assuming this is the right game.

      Unicorn Robot Attack

      Playable on archive.org, for people who aren't still running Flash. Assuming this is the right game.

      1. Adys
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        Yeah, it is (tagging @moocow1452). There's a graphical artifact with the dashing but aside from that it works great. Takes me back…

        Yeah, it is (tagging @moocow1452). There's a graphical artifact with the dashing but aside from that it works great. Takes me back…

  4. WhyCause
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    I loved all of the GROW games. Fortunately, the author has begun porting (at least GROW Planet and GROW Cube) them to HTML5 (http://www.eyezmaze.com/sp/).

    I loved all of the GROW games.

    Fortunately, the author has begun porting (at least GROW Planet and GROW Cube) them to HTML5 (http://www.eyezmaze.com/sp/).

    6 votes
  5. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Curveball Unbelievably simple, yet incredibly addictive. It's just Pong, but in 3D, and you can put spin on the ball if your paddle is moving at the time of contact. I wrote a clone of it in...

    Curveball

    Unbelievably simple, yet incredibly addictive. It's just Pong, but in 3D, and you can put spin on the ball if your paddle is moving at the time of contact.

    I wrote a clone of it in PyGame for a college class, more than 10 years ago. I think I may still have the source code somewhere...

    6 votes
  6. [2]
    rogue_cricket
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    I tend to enjoy the simpler flash games. The two that come to mind immediately for me are Solipskier and Canabalt (although the latter is apparently now available on Steam).

    I tend to enjoy the simpler flash games. The two that come to mind immediately for me are Solipskier and Canabalt (although the latter is apparently now available on Steam).

    5 votes
    1. JXM
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      Canabalt is available on every platform now (iOS, Android, etc)

      Canabalt is available on every platform now (iOS, Android, etc)

      1 vote
  7. nukeman
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    StickWars and SkyWire, and Bloons/BloonsTD (which have since migrated).

    StickWars and SkyWire, and Bloons/BloonsTD (which have since migrated).

    5 votes
  8. nothis
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    Edmund McMillen's flash games were really ahead of almost everything else back in the day, no wonder he eventually grew some of those into indie hits. Most of them can be found in the Basement...

    Edmund McMillen's flash games were really ahead of almost everything else back in the day, no wonder he eventually grew some of those into indie hits. Most of them can be found in the Basement collection. My favorite is probably Aether.

    5 votes
  9. feigneddork
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    I'm surprised nobody has bought up Pico 8. A psuedo gameboy style fantasy console with restrictions on what can be displayed on screen but not necessarily the cart size. You'll find so many well...

    I'm surprised nobody has bought up Pico 8. A psuedo gameboy style fantasy console with restrictions on what can be displayed on screen but not necessarily the cart size.

    You'll find so many well done games for the Pico 8 that at times it could rival games that have released in recent years.

    Some of my favourites:

    5 votes
  10. Atvelonis
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    Definitely Hannah and the Pirate Caves, although the only way I know of to play it these days is through Flashpoint. The level editor allows for an unbelievable amount of design creativity in...

    Definitely Hannah and the Pirate Caves, although the only way I know of to play it these days is through Flashpoint. The level editor allows for an unbelievable amount of design creativity in custom-built caves: that forum I linked has a database of around 2700 levels—many of which are freakishly complex, like "...Imperio!" and thousands of others.

    4 votes
  11. Bauke
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    The various installations of Game In A Bottle's GemCraft series I have played a lot of, and even 100%ed GemCraft Labyrinth. A few years ago I ended up downloading the SWFs and a standalone Flash...

    The various installations of Game In A Bottle's GemCraft series I have played a lot of, and even 100%ed GemCraft Labyrinth. A few years ago I ended up downloading the SWFs and a standalone Flash player just so I could play them.

    4 votes
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    moocow1452
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    You Have to Burn the Rope, a send up of Portal, in that you have to follow directions to complete the game, and then a little song would play at the end. Naturally, it was a hit.

    You Have to Burn the Rope, a send up of Portal, in that you have to follow directions to complete the game, and then a little song would play at the end. Naturally, it was a hit.

    3 votes
    1. moocow1452
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      Also of note, the most excellent Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar about these Robot Dinosaurs that whenever they Roar, they shoot Beams. It's a rather novel concept, imo.

      Also of note, the most excellent Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar about these Robot Dinosaurs that whenever they Roar, they shoot Beams. It's a rather novel concept, imo.

      3 votes
  13. streblo
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    Slime volleyball was the flash GOAT. It has been ported to html5 but the AI isn’t the same so it’s not as good.

    Slime volleyball was the flash GOAT. It has been ported to html5 but the AI isn’t the same so it’s not as good.

    3 votes
  14. musa_totter
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    Old Spice made a flash game called "Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World" for a marketing campaign. Unfortunately, the later stages of the game can not be found in preserved versions of...

    Old Spice made a flash game called "Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World" for a marketing campaign. Unfortunately, the later stages of the game can not be found in preserved versions of the game.

    3 votes
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    Good_Apollo
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    Help a layman understand: so Jan 1st any and all Flash content, either on the web or on my HDD, will just suddenly not function anymore like a light switch got flipped? What about the original...

    Help a layman understand: so Jan 1st any and all Flash content, either on the web or on my HDD, will just suddenly not function anymore like a light switch got flipped?

    What about the original Binding of Issac on Steam? Isn’t that Flash-based? That’s gone too?

    3 votes
    1. mrbig
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      I believe a distributed flash game will contain the engine to run standalone, so a lack of support on the browser is not an issue.

      I believe a distributed flash game will contain the engine to run standalone, so a lack of support on the browser is not an issue.

      3 votes
    2. Kuromantis
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      From their announcement: Tldr: Flash will stop updating very soon (in a few hours?). Most browsers will stop letting you use Flash at this "very soon" time. 12 days from now, Flash themselves...

      From their announcement:

      1. What does Flash Player EOL mean?

      After the EOL Date, Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches. Therefore, Adobe will continue to prompt users to uninstall Flash Player and strongly recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player.

      To help secure users’ systems, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021.

      Major browser vendors will disable Flash Player from disable Flash Player from running after the EOL Date.

      Tldr: Flash will stop updating very soon (in a few hours?). Most browsers will stop letting you use Flash at this "very soon" time. 12 days from now, Flash themselves won't let you use Flash Player.

      1 vote
  16. Nivlak
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    Back in the day I would play the shit out of Kitten Cannon. I’m sure it’s still around but I haven’t seen it in a while.

    Back in the day I would play the shit out of Kitten Cannon. I’m sure it’s still around but I haven’t seen it in a while.

    2 votes
  17. mrbig
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    I love Ultimate Assassin. A fun minimalistic stealth/action game. Canabalt was so great I even bought it for my phone.

    I love Ultimate Assassin. A fun minimalistic stealth/action game.

    Canabalt was so great I even bought it for my phone.

    2 votes
  18. under
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    All of the Nitrome games, they were incredibly polished compared to any other flash games at the time and fun to play. I'd guess the bright graphics were also really attractive to child myself too.

    All of the Nitrome games, they were incredibly polished compared to any other flash games at the time and fun to play. I'd guess the bright graphics were also really attractive to child myself too.

    2 votes