Thousands of Flash Games Have Been Made Available Offline to Preserve Internet History

Thousands of Flash Games Have Been Made Available Offline to Preserve Internet History

It's 2002 all over again.

If you were anything like me, you burned away time in the computer labs by finding whatever Flash games hadn't been caught by the firewall yet. The good news is, some people share the nostalgia for that messy, beautiful era of game development, and have built an offline launcher of sorts to archive it for the foreseeable future.

Flashpoint is a preservation project for various webgames made in Flash, as well as in Shockwave and other formats. The project, as the developers put it, is "dedicated to preserving as many games and animations from these platforms as possible, so that they aren't lost to time." Run by a team called BlueMaxima, it's currently archived over 38,000 games and 2,400 animations.

If you missed the news, Adobe has been gradually killing support for the Flash platform, and many of these games could someday be subject to the whims of hosting platforms and other issues. As games get older, preserving them in playable states becomes an issue to tackle, and it seems like the BlueMaxima team has put itself up to the task of keeping this weird, wacky side of development alive.

You can either download the absolutely titanic Ultimate bundle with over 200GB of Flash content, or pull down the Infinity platform and download games as you play them. I fully recommend the latter option.

The master list already has some classics of my youth. There's the 3D Lego Studio Backlot game, and the historical autobattler precursor Age of War. A classic Bionicle adventure game set in the world of Mata Nui is fully playable offline, and there are a bunch of other Flash classics hidden away that you can sort into lists and browse, either in-client or through the master list. The developers are also taking requests, in case you don't see your personal favorite on the list, though the team is adhering to copyright claims and requests to not host games.

There are a lot of incredible games that offered free distractions to the lethargic youth of my generation, and I'm glad they're getting preserved. It's tough to think of time-wasters like Slime Volleyball in these terms, but keep in mind, gems like Frog Fractions and QWOP came from this burgeoning scene. You can grab the client via Flashpoint's site, and if you do, let me recommend the seemingly Zero Escape-inspired "No one has to die."

Thanks, Kotaku.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Among Us Sneaks Aboard Game Pass for PC Today, Will Ruin Xbox Friendships in 2021

Yet another way to play Among Us today and one more planned for next year.

Dicey Dungeons Had a Surprise Launch on Switch Last Night

Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.

How's Creator Fit Multiplayer Monster-Taming Into a Single Tweet

Bless Twitter's Javascript embeds for letting this Pokemon-like flourish.

Need help?

Stardew Valley Guide - Essential Tips to Help You Become the Ultimate Farmer

Everything you need to know to go from rags to riches in Stardew Valley.

Disco Elysium: How to Find All Four Pieces of the Fairweather T-500 Ceramic Armor

We show you how to find the hanged man's armor hidden across Martinaise.

How Long Is Disco Elysium and How Many Days Are There?

We take you through the length of Disco Elysium and how many days the game covers.

Disco Elysium: How to Find Your Gun, Badge and Bullets

We show you how to find your pistol and police badge ID after losing them.