At the end of 2020, Adobe and all significant online browsers stopped supporting Flash Player. Except for one kind of content many people miss: Flash games, this wasn’t a substantial loss because Adobe Flash is no longer widely used on the web.
Flash games were formerly extremely well-liked since they allowed aspiring developers to share their works with others. Unfortunately, these games can no longer be played online because Flash is no longer supported.
We’ll demonstrate how to download Flash games so you may play them later without an internet connection.
You could still make Chrome’s click-to-run feature available for Flash until 2021. Instead of Chrome blocking Flash content by default, this allowed you to run only certain types of Flash material.
Since Flash is no longer supported, this is no longer accessible. As a result, you’ll receive a message similar to the one below if you visit a website with a Flash game.
You must download the Flash game and run it offline since you can no longer play it directly in your browser. Below is a walkthrough of this.
Flash game download instructions
We will download New Super Mario 63 as the Flash game for this tutorial. Sadly, you’ll have to go through the same process again for every game you want to download. Since it doesn’t take long, you should soon have a small collection of local Flash games.
Go to the page that contains the Flash game you wish to download first. You will now see a puzzle piece icon in place of the game along with the notification that the Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported.
Thankfully, downloading the game won’t be hampered if Flash is blocked.
Step 1: View the Source of the Flash Game Page
The game’s hosting page’s source code must then be opened. To view the page source, right-click anywhere on the page (other than the game’s box). Ctrl + U on Windows and Cmd + Option + U on macOS are the keyboard shortcuts.
A new page with the page’s HTML source code will appear. To search for Flash files, press Ctrl + F (or Cmd + F on a Mac) and type “.swf” into the search box.
Depending on the page, this should return at least one result, but it might produce more. You can disregard installer files like expressInstall.swf because the File you’re looking for usually contains the game’s name.
It used to be possible to discover this information on the main menu or startup screen of the game, but because Flash games can no longer be played in browsers, it is no longer an option. Instead, try browsing the page you’re on for game credit.
A quick Google search for the game’s name should turn up additional pages that host it if there isn’t anything. If you go through those, you should ultimately locate one that contains the Flash file.
If everything else fails, you can try File2HD, a tool that allows you to download all the files on a website and lists them all. After entering the URL for the game page and checking the terms, click Get Files. You can perform another Ctrl + F menu search for the SWF file.
Download the SWF file in step two.
The Flash game’s SWF file is now available for download. To download a link ending in “.swf” to your computer, right-click it and select Save Link.
Ensure that Shockwave Flash Object, SWF File, or any comparable option appears as the Save as type. The fact that the File is a Flash document is therefore confirmed. You either right-clicked in the wrong location, or the URL doesn’t point to a Flash object if it displays as an HTML page or something else.
We advise making a new folder on your computer to keep all of the games you intend to download in one place. You ought to think about creating a backup of this directory so that you won’t ever lose the games.
Play your Flash games locally in step three.
Now that the Flash games aren’t in a browser, you might be wondering how you’ll play them. It turns out that many media player programs can play SWF files (which are Flash objects), allowing you to play them offline, avoiding the issue of Flash no longer working in web browsers.
For instance, SWF files can be opened on Windows via Windows Media Player. In contrast, it struggled to recognize keyboard inputs during our tests. So, we suggest downloading Adobe Flash Player local if you want to play Flash games offline. Although it was created for professional use, this program can also be used by anyone to open Flash files outside of a browser.
Depending on the operating system, go to Adobe’s Debug Downloads website and click the Download the Flash Player projector content debugger link. You don’t need to install it on Windows; just run the downloaded File to open a Flash Player window.
Select File> Open or drag it onto the program to play an SWF file you’ve downloaded. After that, the experience will be like playing a Flash game in a web browser.
Conveniently, you may adjust the window to alter the game’s size. To change the zoom level or game quality, use the right-click menu or the toolbar buttons at the top of the screen. If you have any problems, look at our advice for optimizing Flash game performance.
While this strategy to download a few Flash games locally works great, expanding your library will take a lot of time. But thanks to the efforts of diligent developers, additional solutions let you play many Flash games offline without having to download them.
We suggest checking out Flashpoint if you enjoy playing Flash games. There are two versions of this Flash preservation project that compile over 100,000 games into a single Flash game downloader.
Ultimate is more than 800GB and comes with all its Flash content. The smaller Infinity edition, in contrast, downloads games the first time you play them and stores them for later offline play.