Technically flash games are interactive games created using the Adobe Flash software. Macromedia originally owned and developed the Flash software for use in animation programming and was being used to create movies and TV shows and complex business presentations. Soon after, Flash was picked up by programmers to create web-based interactive games.
What makes Flash games different from your PC or video games is that they do not run on a PC based platform so you don’t have to install software on your system or get a new console. Most Flash games are web-based and run on your browser with the appropriate developer’s plug-in however what you do need is the Adobe Flash plug-in which is downloadable for free from the Adobe website. This means that you don’t have to install a client software on your system and all you need is your browser with the plug-in. Sometimes it is already pre-installed with your operating system.
The arrival of Flash games brought a new face to computer gaming, browser-based online gaming being mostly free with games that are designed for all ages. It started as single-player games that were mostly fun and children-friendly. These were closely followed by the development of other genres and interests and the single-player game concept eventually evolved into multi-player platforms of massive proportions. The player pool could run in the hundreds of thousands at any given time for popular games.
Players are chosen almost always at random. Today there are thousands of Flash games on the internet being offered for free play and sometimes for download. These games have become popular as a go-to plan for moments of family bonding and offer an exciting alternative to the traditional role-playing and table games. It is very common to find kids joining their mom to find an answer to a trivial question while playing a game.
Flash games have also become a tool for child development with thousands of these free games designed to help a child develop certain skills and adhere to specific disciplines. Thousands of flash games have also been designed to help some of us relax and de-stress after a day’s work and now you can find dads playing a cool game online after dinner instead of the usual tv or games with the boys. The advent of Flash games also brought a wealth of opportunity for social interaction, getting to mingle and find new people online in a fun scenario. You are playing games, after all.
The arrival of Flash games also brought a resurgence of newly re-designed games from the past. Some of the classics were back in slightly different configuration and design although play was basically the same and most of these games were re-released as Flash-based games sporting better graphics and sound. Once again artists and programmers, the hip crowd, are working closely and are having a field day with Flash by creating new games with new ideas with the least storage space required. The fact that Flash-based applications are storage friendly made it an ideal developer’s tool in designing mobile games.