What Is Going On with Flash Games?

You may have noticed it is getting trickier to open the Flash-based brain games. This is by design of the browser companies. They plan to disable Flash games on the web completely by December 2020. See below for more info.

Open Site Settings to Allow Flash
In Chrome: Site Settings: Allow Flash

Fortunately you have another option: the new HTML5-based games. The HTML5 brain games don't use Adobe Flash. The HTML5 games should work fine without any browser plug-ins or having to fiddle with any settings, and you should be able to play them long into the future.

FLASH UPDATE (12/04/19): As of today the free Flash-based games such as Scrabble Sprint are still working. In Google Chrome, to open the games you must now re-allow the Adobe Flash Player for my website every time you re-open Chrome.

GOOGLE CHROME USERS: If you were previously able to play the Flash games in Google Chrome but now cannot open them, a recent Chrome update may be the cause. Your Adoble Flash Player may be disabled in Google Chrome. To re-enable the Flash Player, click the Lock icon in the address bar above and choose Site Settings. On that screen, change Flash: "Block" to Flash: "Allow". Next, refresh your browser. The Flash-based games should now open.

MICROSOFT EDGE USERS: (12/02/19) To open the Flash games in Microsoft Edge, you may need to click the PLAY GAME button under the picture of the game. (On some game pages, this button is labeled VERY LARGE, instead.) The Small, Medium, and Large links under the game picture might not work. After clicking the PLAY GAME button, a pop-up window appears showing a puzzle piece. To enable Adobe Flash, click the puzzle piece, then click the Allow Once button on the next pop-up that appears. Next, refresh your browser. The Flash-based games should now open.

OTHER BROWSERS: In some browsers, the easiest way to allow Flash for my site is to click the red rectangle under the "Free Online Brain Games" heading in the sidebar at right. This should open a pop-up message asking whether you want to Allow Adobe Flash. See below for alternative methods for allowing Flash.

The Slow Death of Adobe Flash

Through this year and next (2019-2020), the major browser companies including Google, Apple, Mozilla, and Microsoft will restrict Adobe Flash more and more. They are coordinating together with Adobe to remove Flash from the internet entirely. By December 2020 the Flash games will stop working completely.

This is not what I personally would want to see happen. Unfortunately it is out of my control. The browser companies have their reasons.

I will do my best to keep the Flash games going as long as I can. And all is not lost. The HTML5-based brain games are not affected by the slow death of Flash.

HTML5 is a different, newer technology. It is enabled in your browser automatically without the need for a plug-in.

Unfortunately, not all Flash games will ultimately be converted to HTML5 format. This is also something not under my control. It is up to each game's developers and those who hold the game's license. I am trying to find HTML5 equivalents for many of the Flash games, but some of your favorites will likely be lost forever, which is the sad reality.

The good news is that HTML5 online games should work long into the future. There will be free online brain games for you to play on this site for many years to come. Or at least as long as I am able to keep the website going, that is! Smilie

Alternative Methods to Enable Flash

LATEST: FIREFOX QUANTUM (03/24/19): The following screen image shows how to activate Adobe Flash for my site in Firefox Quantum. For instructions for Google Chrome, please scroll down.

firefox enable flash player

The image above shows Firefox Quantum v.66.0.1 (64-bit), the most recent version of the browser as of today.

LATEST: GOOGLE CHROME (9/20/18): As of version 69 of Google Chrome, to play the Flash games you must re-allow the Adobe Flash player every time you close and re-open the browser. The "always allow" feature is gone.

The following screen image shows how to quickly re-allow Adobe Flash for my site in Google Chrome.

chrome enable flash player

After you "Allow" Flash, a "Reload" button should appear. Click that button. This reloads the page and makes the Flash player active. The Flash-based games on my site should then open for you.

Don't see the Flash → Allow setting in the lock pull-down menu in Chrome (as shown above)? You may still be able to access the Flash settings toggle through the Site Settings gear as shown in the following image:

chrome enable flash player

Click the Site Settings gear to open the Chrome Settings screen. In the Flash row, change the setting from Block to "Allow", as follows:

chrome enable flash player

At this point a "Reload" button should appear near the top of your browser. Click that button to refresh the page and activate the Adobe Flash player. You should now be able to open the Flash-based games on my site.

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GAME TIP #1: Many games on this site such as Curveball were built with Adobe Flash. To play these games, you must allow the free Adobe Flash Player to run in your browser. If you don't see an animation in the red rectangle above, click in the red rectangle and activate your Flash Player. Then the Flash-based games should open for you.

If you see a message that the Adobe Flash Player is "blocked", go to your browser's Settings page and change Block to Ask First, if possible.

If the red rectangle is empty, your browser might not have the Flash Player. To check this, follow the steps on Adobe's Flash Player Help page.

GAME TIP #2: If you cannot get the Flash-based brain games to work, try the HTML5 brain games instead. HTML5 games do not use the Adobe Flash Player. They work in modern browsers automatically. All the HTML5 games are listed on this page.

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