Macromedia Flash, as it was originally called, was founded in 1996. It was consequently acquired by Adobe in the year 2000. The flash code, as with all new software, was not exempt of bugs and difficulties for learning and usage. Flash games developed in the flash platform where limited. Although Flash provided a breakthrough for multimedia application development, the fact remained that it was a challenging task. Flash games where limited to simple and rudimentary forms of pong, Tetris, and pacman to say the least. With time the code was refined, to point that an eager novice could be in his way to developing a new flash application in a matter of weeks. As a result of the ease of use of the flash code, more and more flash programmers became willing and able to offer their services for new flash game creation. The law of supply and demand applies, and the price for sponsored flash games became a lot cheaper.
More flash developers and lower prices enticed many more website owners willing to sponsor a game for their website. Flash games are not only readily available for online players to play for free, but they have also expanded their horizons in terms of their previous limitations. Genres such as Adventure and Role Playing have taken over the scenery. Adventure games in the flash platform now allow users to define profiles, battle in an assortment of arenas and backgrounds, and even save their game for later in a flash application which is no bigger than 5 MB. Worth mentioning are games like ‘Feudalism’ developed by Arcade Town games. This is a novelty in the Role Playing games genre where the player starts off picking a character, who he also gets a chance to build by adding available points. The adventure takes off in a mini world with several towns, and the object of the game is to conquer them all. Your character builds on experience, buying weapons and hiring mercenaries. It could take a player anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks to finish the adventure, thus why a save game option is available from within the flash game itself. This game goes a long way from your classic pong.
Strategy games are another genre spawning free flash game websites. With popular game titles like Tower Defense, a game so popular it has been able to create its own niche with entire flash game websites being created around this game and related titles. Bloons, Bloons 2, Age of War, Prince of War, are all variations of the tower defense genre rising in popularity. Adventure and Role Playing games are more entertaining than ever, and best of all they are completely free. The increased competition can only be good news for the online gamer, who in the end benefits, again for free.