Will Flash Games Stop Working in 2021? Flash Shutdown & Emulation

Never thought I’d be making a debunking article about Adobe Flash but here we are. As someone with a YouTube Channel focused on Indie games often covering Flash Games, I hear the line “sure sucks you can’t play Flash Games after 2020” a lot. So what’s the deal? Is Adobe Flash and Flash Games really dead? Will I never be able to play Bloons TD again?

The short answer: MS DOS’s support ended nearly 20 years ago. Are DOS games unplayable in 2020? No. In fact, they’re still sold on Steam. Long answer: Well, the rest of this article.

Note I basically talked about this same thing on YouTube a couple months ago, if you prefer to watch/listen, check that out.

Adobe Flash’s Official End Of Life

What’s really happening after December 2020 is that Adobe’s official security patch support for Flash will end. (And we all know how useful Adobe’s security support has been). More directly, official browser support of Adobe Flash will end which is probably where you heard about Flash’s death, particularly from Chrome’s lovely little bar warning.

This is basically akin to your OS not natively opening .ZIP files. You won’t be able to, without extra effort, open them up, and sure, to many people that’s all it takes. ZIP files were an impregnable barrier to some until Windows started natively opening them. But a lot of us would just download 7Zip (or god forbid, in those dark times, WinRAR) and go right along.

But how will people play something that’s not officially supported? Flash Games, like ZIP files, are mostly just…files. They’re SFW files generally, just a bunch of data that a program on your computer has to know how to open and process for it to work properly.

As a passionate preservationist the topic is pretty near and dear to me even if I didn’t like Flash Games so much, but before we talk about the how of preservation, allow me a brief sideline to talk about why we actually don’t like Adobe Flash itself.

Isn’t Flash Literally Internet Hitler?

Not quite. You’ve probably heard of Flash’s countless flaws (or maybe you just heard Apple didn’t like it, and that’s all it took), and to be sure, back in the days when advertisements, video players, and even whole website designs were in flash, it was a mess. Adobe’s never been big on stability, or security, or, …well, let’s just say they had to patch Flash a LOT.

Flash and Adobe’s…’security culture’ or lack thereof, meant dynamically loaded flash content from third parties was an incredibly risky move, which is why Flash ads were a disastrously bad idea, and they used a ton of resources too. …modern ads are still resource hogs, but most of that badness is because they’re ads from third parties who don’t give a crap—turns out that’s a bigger problem than the ad serving technology. Whodathunkit.

Flash also wasn’t good for website layouts at all—it’s not designed for accessibility so screen readers and other assistive technologies had a heck of a time with it. Video players weren’t much better, Flash just never ran too fast and had a habit of crashing if you had lots of tabs with Flash open. When most of the web ran on or expected you to use Flash, it was a big problem.

So what could Flash possibly be good for? What redeeming feature could this evil, hateful technology have?

Well, it’s pretty damn good at animations. And games. Which is. You know. The things it was made to do. And that’s one of the biggest reasons Flash became such a problem; it was so easy to use and on so many people’s computers, people started using it for stuff it was not made to do. If no one ever made an ad or website layout in Flash, we probably wouldn’t be here having this not-quite-conversation honestly.

Anyway, back to saving Flash, now that we know why some crazy person like myself would want to do such a terrible thing.

Adobe Flash Beyond 2020: Emulation, Players, Extensions

There’s three basic ways to play Flash after the official extension is unsupported/removed. The most basic way is Browser Extensions—with native Flash support they aren’t necessary, but official (or sideloaded) extensions could allow one to just run Flash in browser with a little extra work.

Then there’s Flash Players, like the Newgrounds Flash Player. Flash is just a way of encoding executable information, so downloadable players can (and do) just run .SFW files similar to how you can load .nes files in your favorite emulator. It’s a little more effort, but you won’t lose it after 2020 and don’t have to install any browser extensions which people—for good reason—often don’t trust. For a laugh, try the flash player with a Homestar Runner cartoon to see how it works. Here’s a direct SFW link to a classic H*R cartoon, open the file in Newgrounds Flash Player and boom.

The most advanced, promising, and (slightly) far off way of preserving Flash content is Flash Emulators. More on these later, but like all emulators, Flash Emulation is basically an interpreter or compiler that lets a system play games or content that your system doesn’t natively run. In this case, it would be a program that interprets Flash games/animations without directly relying on Adobe’s code.

But Are Flash Games Safe?

Of all the reasons to abandon Flash, safety was by far the biggest and most reasonable. Is it even safe to still run Flash stuff after 2020 then?

Most of the Flash game and animation content people actually care about is years, even a decade or so old. New Flash security vulnerabilities will surely be found, just like new MSDOS vulnerabilities are found occasionally. While a new Flash Player’s official support certainly could keep up with Flash files, the basic assumption of security would basically move from “is the platform secure” to “is the file secure”.

The best way to play Flash Games post Flashpocalypse will be basically the same way it is now—to only play Flash Games from reasonably secure sites like Newgrounds, Kongregate, Armor Games, places that take down actually malicious software instead of trusting your Flash Player to be secure. This is basically the same paradigm your phone’s App Store uses.

It’s not like trusting Flash Player to be secure on its own ever worked when Adobe supported it anyway.

To a lot of people that’s still very scary and that’s fine; I’m not saying your average user is going to download SWFs and play them without even thinking about it. But for those of you who download Fallout 4 mods on the regular, playing a post-2020 Flash Game is going to be similar in difficulty and security—and frankly a 15 year old flash game is probably a lot safer to run than Fallout4NudeMod.exe. Just saying.

So I’m not trying to argue the security aspect too much, as a pretty hardcore “gamer” I regularly download stuff from Itchio and even Mediafire and I know some people would flip out doing that, and the same will basically be true of non-packaged Flash games for a bit. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of comments that it’s unsafe and I acknowledge for the average user, fine. The average user doesn’t run DOSBOX either though, some of us will always go a step beyond the path of least resistance, and in this case it’s not really too big a step.

The Future Of Flash Games Is Emulation

But even if you’re too scared of trusting individual flash files (including those that have worked without issue for 15 years…), Flash Emulators and other solutions can replace Flash while keeping their own security as well, it’s not like we’ll be using a Dec 2020 version of Adobe flash for 2000 years, just like DOSBOX isn’t exactly using a wild and wooly 1999 release of DOS begging your real OS to be invaded by Napster viruses.

Even if you’re too scared to download Newgrounds’ Flash Player, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of Flash Emulation. I imagine in a matter of years Flash Emulation will be as pleasant and smooth as SNES emulation is now—smooth enough to run in your browser without even knowing it’s emulation, in fact. The Ruffle demo is already pretty close, though its support isn’t yet universal. It’s very likely in the future Flash emulation will just happen in the browser with no manual installs or downloads at all.

So Will Flash Die? Official Support will end, yes. Will Flash Games and Animations still work? Yep. The two aren’t as mutually exclusive as you might have thought. Flash isn’t an MMO or service that requires server-side support—oh, and MMOs can be preserved too by the way!

In short, whatever happens, my obstinate keister will still be playing Flash games for years to come, and you’ll be able to too. In fact, join me on YouTube to check out some Flash Classics!

(Subtle plug, TapTap. Nice.)

Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole Tropical Theme Event Guide All Hidden Fish

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole, with only the 2020 Tropical Theme Event information. It seems we’ve totally given up the “pole” aspect and this is just Abyssrium with ground. See the main Pole guide for a more comprehensive set of information and for links to other events.

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2020-07-01: Video Guide out

2020-06-28: App is out under a slow rollout. Started the guide. No hidden fish…

Tropical Theme Event Summary

Unlike regular AbyssRium, this event simply uses Vitality instead of it’s own event currency. Just complete the tasks and unlock the fish. There’s also 3 event customization items that cost a hefty 1500 pearls each—but they’re not required to unlock any fish! They do give gameplay benefits for the event however, as do the new “treasure” items.

Thus far, events do not seem to expire, instead you select which event to play in the events menu (the book). Press the Back button after opening the menu to see other events. If an event is not selected, you will not progress toward unlocks in that event.

  • New fish:
    • 11 cost Vitality
      • Fish list below
    • 1 new pearl fish, but it’s NOT event-limited
      • Rooster
    • 1 Paid IAP Fish
      • Snobbish Poodle
  • 9 new Treasure items to get
  • 3 Event customization items
    • 1500 pearls each
    • Not required to unlock fish
      • Items:
        • Emerald Sea & Sky Theme
        • Tropical Resort Iceberg Costume
        • Tropical Resort Dye
  • 1 Treasure Discovery Penguin skin
    • Tropical Penguein (sic)
      • Play for 3 days to unlock
  • Currency: Regular vitality
    • Total cost: 81 fish’s worth of Vitality
      • 3500 pearls to get all the pearl-only items
        • 3000 pearls to get the not-event-related new Pearl creature

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Brave Viking Warriors Event Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the  Brave Viking 2020 information. There’s no hidden fish. Boring and increasingly makes me disinterested in the game. Please consider supporting my Patreon (and get perks!) if my guides help you. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information and for links to other events.

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2020-06-30: event ending soon! Fish Exhibition video up.

Video guide/event review:

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Fan Art: Crystal, Fire, Water & Meteor TapTaps by Code Coral

Fan art time! Here’s a couple fine, exotic bois from Code Coral in our Discord server! Thanks so much! The crystal boi is very shiny and crystals are peak aesthetics, but the meteor boi reminds me of Minior my favorite Gen 7 Pokemon!

Power of…!

crystal taptap by code coral
Crystal!
meteor taptap by code coral
Outer Space!
fire taptap by code coral
The Phoenix Flames!
water elemental taptap fan art by code coral
And…and…I’m not sure I want to know about this one.

See more art in the Fan Art Gallery and don’t be shy to send your submissions to my email ([email protected]) or share them in our Discord! I try to post all fan art I receive here as long as the artist is okay with it.

MewBot Guide & Commands List | Pokecord Alternative with more features

MewBot is a Pokecord alternative, especially as Pokecord itself bit the dust in June. So, here’s how to play this great and decently feature-rich Discord pokemon bot including all commands, strategy information, spawning information and more!

Feel free to leave a comment if you have questions or information to share! I read all comments on my guide, just like I do on my YouTube.

MewBot Updates

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Guide updates:

Use ;updates to see the latest official Mewbot updates. Most of them are minor/bugfixes and are accessible ingame, so I won’t list them here anymore.

Donation Scams

I’ve been alerted that high-dollar amount donators to Mewbot development have been targeted by a certain scam. Do not donate with any link except the one the Mewbot bot itself gives you in discord via the ;donate command.

If you use any other link, the money probably won’t go to Mewbot development and you may not get your ingame rewards! Use the official links only. Also, the above Patreon link is for Sir TapTap—I make this guide, not the bot. Mewbot donations do not go to me, and donations to me do not go to Mewbot. I have no official contact or sources with Mewbot staff (which is why player tips help out!).

Adding MewBot to Discord

Top.gg has an invite link, just let the bot in and then you can use the ;start command to begin playing and ;help to see various help topics and commands.

Playing MewBot

Spamming doesn’t spawn pokemon! Only real, back and forth conversations with multiple people reliably spawn pokemon. Talk like a normal person in populated channels to spawn mons.

You can play it in the official server, which is also the only place to get support for bugs etc. Please do not join my server for support or to ask questions about MewBot. I do not work for MewBot or have any inside information whatsoever and all Pokemon bots were removed due to them being a negative influence. You’re welcome to join the server, just don’t expect anything to be related to Pokemon bots.

MewBot vs Pokecord Differences

Mewbot is a bit less reliable and (until it shut down) was less popular than Pokecord. Mewbot somewhat often goes down for up to a few hours, and at one point lost save data for players.

Mewbot spawns don’t work quite like Pokecord; you don’t need a command, just type the Pokemon’s name. New spawns do not override existing spawns (hallelujah!), but they do despawn after about 40 minutes. Mewbot edits the spawn post to show if a Pokemon is caught or despawned.

Mewbot has minigames like fishing, game corner, and even NPC battles. Fishing is a Hangman style guessing game and NPC battles are instant 1v1 fights with a random opponent (usually a Starter or Legendary Pokemon). These activities give items or money that can be used to buy items or pokemon in the market.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole Ancient Egypt Event All Fish Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole, with only the 2020 Ancient Egypt Event information. Please consider supporting my Patreon (and get perks!) if my guides help you. We also have a Discord Server you can hang out in and chat about games. See the main Pole guide for a more comprehensive set of information and for links to other events.

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2020-05-29: There are no hidden fish this event, boring. I posted some thoughts about this on reddit.

2020-05-27: Event is live via slow rollout. I don’t have it yet either, so wait 3 or so days with auto updates on to see if you get it before you panic. I wish they wouldn’t release updates like this too.

Ancient Egypt Event Summary

Unlike regular AbyssRium, this event simply uses Vitality instead of it’s own event currency. Just complete the tasks and unlock the fish. There’s also 3 event customization items that cost a hefty 1500 pearls each—but they’re not required to unlock any fish! They do give gameplay benefits for the event however, as do the new “treasure” items.

  • New fish:
    • 11 cost Vitality
      • 1 is hidden
    • 1 new pearl fish, but it’s NOT event-limited
    • 1 Paid IAP Fish
  • 9 new Treasure items to get
  • 3 Event customization items
    • 1500 pearls each
  • Currency: Regular vitality
    • Total cost: Depends on your present vitality
      • 7500 pearls to get all the pearl-only items

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Let’s Play Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective – YouTube Full Playthrough

Here’s Sir TapTap playing Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective  on YouTube, a full playthrough. This is a stunningly stylish mystery game by the creator of Ace Attorney! You’re a ghost who has to solve the mystery around their own death, and it’s one of my favorite mysteries ever with a gallon of twists!

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium 2020 Theme Park Event All Hidden Fish Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Theme Park Event 2020 information. Please consider supporting my Patreon (and get perks!) if my guides help you. See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information and for links to other events.

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2020-05-22: Update about the buggy Past Event whales.

2020-05-18: Here’s how to get event currency easy.

2020-05-14: Past May fish were added to the game, as was the Gold Sea Slug and a set of new lottery fish. Nothing special about the past fish, just access them the same way as always.

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole Temperate Forest Event All Hidden Fish Guide

This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Pole, with only the 2020 Temperate Forest Event information. Please consider supporting my Patreon (and get perks!) if my guides help you. We also have a Discord Server you can hang out in and chat about games. See the main Pole guide for a more comprehensive set of information and for links to other events.

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2020-04-27: Video guide is up!

2020-04-26: Event is live for some users. It’s buggy/causes crashes for some people. Expect a patch soon. Last Hidden Fish found! Unless the Puffin is obtainable, unsure about that one.

Temperate Forest Event Summary

Unlike regular AbyssRium, this event simply uses Vitality instead of it’s own event currency. Just complete the tasks and unlock the fish. There’s also 3 event customization items that cost a hefty 1500 pearls each—but they’re not required to unlock any fish! They do give gameplay benefits however, as do the new “treasure” items. I’ll have more info on treasures as soon as I can play the event myself.

  • New fish:
    • 12 cost Vitality
      • 1 is hidden
    • 1 Paid IAP Fish
  • New gameplay feature: Treasure
    • Watch an ad or spent peals to get pieces of Treasures
    • Assemble treasures with 3, 5, or 7 pieces to get gameplay bonuses.
  • 3 Event customization items
    • 1500 pearls each
  • Currency: Regular vitality
    • Total cost: Depends on your present vitality

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Ad Crash Fix Guide

Ad crashes are a pretty common bug in Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium, and a particularly brutal plague on players is a persistent ad crash no matter what.  For some players ads do not crash but instead never load at all, with the app saying No Available Ads or Cannot Request Ads, Try Again Later. For me, I usually get Loading… and then it just freezes and I have to close the app. Crash or no, it’s usually the same root problem.
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Reset Advertising ID to fix Ad Crash on Android

On Android you need to change this from the Settings app. Go to Settings> Google> Ads> Reset Advertising ID and select OK. You can also select Opt Out of Ads Personalization, which should prevent most apps from using your advertising ID at all, though I’m not sure it fixes the Ad Crash bug in AbyssRium or not. Different device manufacturers may customize the settings menu a bit, but it should be in the same or a similar location regardless of which device you have.
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How it looks in Android 7

Reset Advertising ID to fix Ad Crash on iOS

iOS removed the ability to reset Advertising ID. RIP privacy. You can try turning off personalized ads which should (but may not) do the same thing. Start in the Settings App, then navigate to Settings> Privacy> Advertising> Personalized Ads After resetting the Advertising ID, make sure AbyssRium is closed and start it fresh, and ads should start working again! You might still get some ads that crash, but the issue where no ads load, ever, should be fixed at least temporarily with a new Advertising ID. Support Sir TapTap on Patreon! You can support me and my guides monthly on Patreon (and score some rewards like cute cat pictures)! The more I earn the more time I can spend on improving guides like this. My PayPal is a thing too if you can’t do monthly donations.

Wait A Bit After Starting The Game

If your game doesn’t crash, but freezes on Loading… when trying to play an ad, in my experience sometimes this happens because the game hasn’t downloaded an add yet. Waiting a minute or two before clicking the ad can help.

AbyssRium Guide Index

Other resources useful for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium players: My Patreon Page – Where you can support me, or use paypal instead. AbyssRium Pole Guide – The guide for the latest game. Full AbyssRium guide – Anything you could ever ask for is in here! All Saltwater tank information is here. Event Fish Guide – All info on limited-time events & Event Tanks Freshwater Guide – All info on the Freshwater tank Fusion Fish Guide – All Fusion fish and info on using them effectively Striped Marlin/Bonito/Star Striped Marlin guide – Because these stupid RNG fish generate 10x as many questions as anything else Video Guides – A YouTube playlist full of my AbyssRium video guides & updates Other mobile games – Bored? Check out some other mobile games I’ve made guides or reviews for.