Frequently Asked Questions
What platforms do you support?
We support games and animations using Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player, HTML, Java Plug-in, Unity Web Player, Microsoft Silverlight, 3DVIA Player, 3D Groove GX, PopCap Plugin, ActiveX, Authorware Web Player, GoBit Games Plugin, ShiVa Web Player, Superscape Viscape, Vitalize!, Hypercosm Player, Pulse Player, VRML, Tcl Plugin, and Burster. Learn more at the Supported Platforms page.
What operating systems do you support?
Windows 7 and up, as thoroughly updated as possible. Mac and Linux versions are constantly in flux due to technology changing left and right in the Windows version and a lack of dedicated maintainers; for the most up-to-date information, you'll have to ask on the Discord.
Will Flashpoint still work in 2021, or with the Windows 10 update that removes Flash?
Yes! The versions of Flash used by Flashpoint are all contained in a portable environment that won't be affected by EOL. The (currently) optional Windows 10 update that removes Flash only deletes the installation found in the Control Panel, and does not interfere with the standalone projectors or any portable installations of the plugin.
Does Flashpoint pose any security concerns?
The entirety of our application suite (minus the tech needed to download games via Infinity) can't connect to the real internet in and of themselves. Any changes made with Flashpoint Secure Player are removed once the game is done being played. BlueMaxima has been working with these files on his hard drive for some time, with competent and up-to-date antivirus software. We've done our best to ensure the collection is as safe as it can be. It is worth noting that some antiviruses will detect certain files as being dangerous; in every situation we've come across, this is a false positive.
How many games/animations are there?
As of 9.0, we have over 70,000 games and 8,000 animations. You can find the respective lists here and here.
Where are the Nitrome games?
Nitrome politely asked us to remove their content from the collection. If you're looking to play their games, do it at their website, and if Flash isn't an option, follow their growing HTML5-compatible catalog. Flashpoint does not condone harassment over Nitrome's decision.
How can I request a game/animation?
You can make a request by first reading this article all the way through, then following the links at the bottom.
How can I add a game/animation myself?
Follow the steps listed in the Curation Tutorial. When you're done, post your finished curation in the #curator-auditions channel on the Discord for checking.
I want to contribute in some way (coding, adding games, testing, etc). How can I help?
Join our Discord server for more details. The majority of our work & communication happens there.
Is Flashpoint open source?
Yes...ish. The sources for our custom-made tech such as the launcher are all available at our Github. The sources for the software we include in Flashpoint are available from their respective websites (we don't modify the source of any of the software we include). The binaries for the web plugins themselves aren't open source, but if they were, we wouldn't be here to begin with.
Where can I donate to the project?
Out of respect for the developers whose works can be found in Flashpoint, we do not accept monetary donations of any kind. Period. We ask that you instead turn your attention to the Internet Archive or the Flash emulation project Ruffle, who would appreciate your tip far more than us.
I can't launch any games.
Follow the troubleshooting steps listed in the manual. If you're still having problems afterwards, ask for help in our Discord.
I want a game removed from Flashpoint for one reason or another.
Alert us, either via our Discord or directly by email. We'll probably try to convince you to let us keep your game in for historical sake, but we aren't unreasonable.
I have another question.
Consult our extended FAQ. If your question isn't answered there, join our Discord.