Status of the Flash-Based Brain Games

UPDATE (04/10/19): 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.

The easiest way to allow Flash for my site in any browser is 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.

REMINDER: The free HTML5 games are not affected by any of this. They should all work fine without having to fiddle with any settings.

What Is Going On with Flash Games?

You may have noticed it is getting trickier to open the Flash-based games. This is by design of the browser companies.

Through this year and next (2019-2020), the major browser companies will restrict Adobe Flash more and more. They are coordinating together to remove Flash from the web entirely. Near the end of 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. HTML5 online games should work long into the future. So there will always be free online brain games for you to play on this site.

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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