The end of Flash has been a long time coming. At the end of 2020, Adobe will finally kill the platform, and all those wonderful web-based games we played after Y2K didn’t destroy all computers will be gone. Gone from the internet that is. Thanks to a new launcher called Flashpoint, those Flash games will still be playable on your PC.
BlueMaxima describes Flashpoint as a “web game preservation project” because it believes internet history is important. And games made using Adobe Flash are a significant portion of gaming culture.
Since early 2018, Flashpoint has saved more than 38,000 games and 2,400 animations. According to BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint trailer, it has “been scraping and scouring every site” to get as many games as possible. And there are many more still to come.
You can use the Flashpoint launcher to download the entire collection of games. Or you can download individual games you like, so you don’t bloat your PC — not that Flash games would, but it’s nice to be able to pick and choose. Then you can simply open the launcher and play. All the work needed to preserve the games has already been done for you.
Although Flashpoint is about saving Flash games, the launcher supports many other web technologies. It can run games made using Unity Web Player, Adobe Shockwave, Java Applets, and HTML5.
Get the Flashpoint launcher and all its wonderful Flash games
You can download Flashpoint from BlueMaxima’s website. It keeps the launcher updated and regularly shares news of its progress with fans. It has a team spanning the globe, but as it says in the Flashpoint trailer, time is running out. More help and contributors are always welcome. If you’d like to lend a hand or just keep your ear to the ground, you can join BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint Discord.
The full list of Flashpoint games is available to peruse. There have been many incredible Flash games over the years. What were your favorites?