The Flash Games Preservation project Flashpoint - gHacks Tech News

The Flash Games Preservation project Flashpoint

Adobe Flash will be retired in 2020 and browser makers such as Google, Mozilla or Microsoft started to phase out Flash support already in the browsers they create.

Think of Flash what you want but the technology was used to create a number of impressive games. Problem is, if no modern browser supports Flash, no one can play those games anymore unless they use browsers that still support it or find other ways to preserve the games and play them.

Even if browsers still support Flash, Flash itself will not be updated anymore and any security vulnerability found will remain unpatched.

It is possible that Flash content will be removed on many sites once Flash is gone for good; this would mean that many Flash games would be lost forever.

The Flash Games preservation project

The Flash Games preservation project is an attempt to preserve Flash games so that they remain available and playable.

flash preservation

The project is huge; the current full distribution of Flashpoint has a size of 31 Gigabytes. You can download a smaller collection with a size of just 2.2 Gigabytes if you prefer. The main difference between the two is that Infinity is configured to download Flash games that you select from Archive.org. The upside to this is that you won't have to download more than 30 Gigabytes of Flash files directly before you can start playing games.

The main downside is that it takes longer on first start to play games as they have to be downloaded first to the local system. Also, some games won't work with Infinity and are not displayed because of this.

The project maintains a Game Master List that is updated regularly. The current full version comes with more than 4000 games including many classic games. The developer has more than 2 Terabyte of Flash dumps on Google Drive from sites such as Gamepilot, JayIsGames, Newsgrounds, Kongregate, Armorgames, or NotDoppler.

Some Flash games can be saved to the local system and run from there without any issues provided that a browser or the standalone Adobe Flash projector is used for that. Others won't run because they rely on servers or have DRM baked into them which prevents local playback without modification.

The project uses the interface of LaunchBox and Apache web server capabilities to provide access to Flash games on Windows.

flash-game

The launcher displays the list of games that are available, and users may click on any to look them up, and on play to start the game locally.

The distribution takes care of DRM, sitelocked games, games that have server requirements, and games that require external files. The developer and volunteers test games, download required external components, and hack the games if required so that they will run on the local system.

Flashpoint requires Windows 7 or newer versions of Windows. It does require the .NET Framework 4.7 and a Visual C++ redistributable. You find copies of those in the arcade folder after you have unpacked the package on the local system.

Linux users may run Flashpoint as well. Instructions are found in the readme.txt file that is included in the distribution.

How Flashpoint works

Flashpoint changes the system proxy while it is running; this is required to get games to run that are locked, with DRM, or have dependencies that are not locally available.

You can run the custom redirector or the Fiddler redirector. The main difference between the two is that Fiddler is more reliable but also more interfering with network traffic while Flashpoint is running.

The developer suggests that no mission critical networking operations are run while Flashpoint is running.

Note that this will do certain things to your network traffic while Flashpoint is open, and while we maintain that we do not use this proxy or your network traffic for any kind of nefarious purpose, and we do believe that network traffic should remain relatively normal while Flashpoint is open, we do recommend that you do not do any sort of 'mission critical' networking while you're running Flashpoint, and if you do use a system proxy on the computer you plan to use Flashpoint on, we recommend making a copy of your settings somewhere in case something goes wrong.

The way things are set up can be cause for concern. If you are concerned, consider running Flashpoint in a virtual machine on the system or a spare PC if you have one.

Games are listed with screenshots and information; very useful. A quick test of the Infinity edition was completely positive. I played several games, and while it took a while before downloads completed, playing them worked fine and without any issues.

Closing Words

With hundreds of thousands of Flash games around on the Internet, and 2 Terabyte of data sitting on the author's Google Drive account, it is clear that Flashpoint is a massive project that will take a long time before the majority of games have been included.

The project offers an excellent option for gamers to play classic Flash games even after the technology has been put to rest finally.

Now You: Do you play online games?

Summary
Flashpoint
Article Name
Flashpoint
Description
The Flash Preservation project Flashpoint created a solution to play thousands of Flash games on Windows and Linux machines after Flash's retirement.
Author
Publisher
Ghacks Technology News
Logo
Advertisement

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:


Previous Post: «
Next Post: »

Comments

  1. Pierre said on August 28, 2018 at 7:54 am
    Reply

    The answer is no

    1. Akane said on August 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm
      Reply

      The answer is yes

    2. polikatsin said on August 28, 2018 at 6:03 pm
      Reply

      The answer yeah holla and nope.

  2. Weilan said on August 28, 2018 at 8:52 am
    Reply

    I don’t know who would nowadays willingly play there other than young children or elders. The games may have been OK, for the time period of around 2006-2008, but now they pale in comparison, even HTML5 games are better.

    1. John Fenderson said on August 28, 2018 at 5:22 pm
      Reply

      @Weilan

      I play them, so you know (sortof) one adult person who does!

    2. Anonymous said on August 29, 2018 at 5:10 am
      Reply

      There’s some Flash games that were really good. The Bloons games for example, and GemCraft. I never found as good non-Flash tower defense games as those.
      Well, until ports of those were actually released as native games.

  3. Graham said on August 28, 2018 at 9:11 am
    Reply

    We already have a site that preserves Flash games. It’s called Newgrounds.

  4. nosamu said on August 28, 2018 at 10:21 am
    Reply

    Thank you for covering the project, Martin ;)

  5. Yuliya said on August 28, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Reply

    I’m all for preserving things like these flash games 😊

  6. Anonymous Someone said on August 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    Reply

    It boggles the mind why so many Video/Movie sites still use flash. Not small time sites either, things like HBO etc.

  7. John Fenderson said on August 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    Reply

    I rarely play online games, but when I do, they’re usually small flash games that I play for a short time as a sort of mental break. I may download this collection so that I can still have a access to those sorts of games no matter what. Thanks, Martin!

  8. Wolfie0827 said on August 30, 2018 at 2:15 am
    Reply

    I just use SWF Opener from UnH Solutions with flash stand alone to play flash games. But then I don’t play many that require server connections. and no server connections or running flash through the browser (Not needed with this setup) means security vulnerabilities are not an issue.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.