How to Save Flash Games

Although technology Flash is now considered obsolete and is being phased out by all the major players in the hi-tech sector (primarily the software houses that develop browsers to browse the Web), you still enjoy a world with Flash games, those that can be run directly from the browser and that, over the last few years, have accompanied you making downtime in the office less "heavy".

You are so fond of Flash games that, fearing that they may disappear at any moment, you would like to archive them on your PC and keep them, so that you can use them in the future, when they are no longer available on the web. I guessed it? Well, then I am happy to announce that you have come to the right place at the right time!

In fact, in the lines you are about to read you will find all the information you need to find out how to save flash games and how to play them offline on your computer: operations that you can easily perform on both Windows and macOS, using the right tools. What are the "right tools" to which I refer? Nothing impossible to find, indeed: some Web browsers among the most popular and free extensions for the latter to be downloaded in a few clicks. Read on and find out all the details.

Save Flash Games with Chrome

Be vuoi scoprire how to save flash games and use the browser Chrome, first of all activate the reproduction of the Flash contents on the site hosting the game of your interest. Then download an extension to "capture" SWF files and use it to download the title you want to play offline: everything is explained below.

Enable Playback of Flash Content

Chrome, by default, only allows Flash content to be played on a limited circle of sites. To enable the plugin to run on other sites, you need to access your browser settings and add your own addresses to the list of exceptions.

To add a site to the list of exceptions, type chrome://settings/content/flash in the browser address bar and press the key Submit on the PC keyboard. Then make sure that the lever under the item Flash is active (otherwise activate it yourself) and click on the item Add found under the heading Allow.

In the box that appears on the screen, type the main address of the site hosting the games of your interest, followed by one Slash and wildcard characters [*] (Eg. https://www.sito.com/[*]), and click on the button Add to authorize it to play Flash content.

Download Flash Games

Once you have activated the display of Flash content for the sites of your interest, you can proceed to install the add-on that allows you to download games in SWF format offline. I advise you Video DownloadHelper, which was primarily meant for video, but works very well for gaming too.

To install Video DownloadHelper in Chrome, linked from this page of the Chrome Web Store and click first on the button Add e poi quello Add extension. As you can see, among the permissions required by Video DownloadHelper (and all other extensions to download Flash content) there is the one for read and modify all data on the websites you visit, which is potentially privacy risk, so once you have downloaded Flash games, I recommend that you disable or uninstall the add-on from the menu Other tools> Extensions in Chrome.

At this point you are really ready to take action! Open, therefore, a new tab in Chrome, connected to the page that contains the game you want to download on your PC and wait for it to load.

Once the game is displayed in the browser, click on the icon Video DownloadHelper located at the top right of the Chrome toolbar and, in the menu that appears on the screen, presses the name of the game files (the one in SWF). Next, choose the folder in which to save the file, click on the button Save and that's it.

As Chrome may deem SWF files potentially dangerous, you may need to confirm the game download by clicking the button Preserve (which should appear at the bottom left).

If the button does not appear at the bottom left Preserveclick on your button ... Chrome (top right), select the item Download from the menu that opens and presses the button Preserve present on the page that if you press.

Save Flash Games with Firefox

To Chrome you prefer Firefox? No problem, as the Mozilla home browser also offers the possibility to download Flash games and keep them on your computer. Just install Flash Player, activate it for the site hosting the games of your interest and proceed to download the games using the appropriate free extensions: below you will find everything explained in detail.

The first step you have to take is to get an add-on to "capture" the Flash content available on Internet sites: I personally recommend you  Video DownloadHelper, which works exactly like on Chrome (the recommendation to disable it after downloading the games is also valid in this case, to avoid potential privacy problems). To install Video DownloadHelper in Firefox, linked to this page of the Mozilla Addons site and first click on the button Aggiungi to Firefox e poi quello Install.

At the end of the installation of Video DownloadHelper, open a new Firefox tab and connect to the page that contains the Flash game you want to download on your PC. You will be prompted to authorize the execution of Flash Player: to agree, click on the first item Activate Adobe Flash present in the gray box that appears instead of the game (under the Lego brick icon) and then on the button Allow now which appears at the top.

Once authorized the execution of Flash content, wait for the game to load, just click the Video DownloadHelper located at the top right of the Firefox toolbar and download the game by first clicking on the name of the file SWF relative to the latter and then on the button Use your browser.

Within seconds, you should find the game's SWF file in your computer's downloads folder. You can follow the download progress by clicking on the icon arrow located at the top right of the browser toolbar.

If you encounter difficulties in viewing Flash content in Firefox, click on the button Menu browser (the button with the three horizontal lines located at the top right) and select the item Additional components give the menu to compare.

Nella scheda che si apre, select the voice Plugin from the left sidebar and set the drop-down menu for Shockwave Flash su Ask before activating. Alternatively, if the plugin is not installed, proceed to download and activate Flash Player following the instructions I gave you in my tutorials on how to download Flash Player and how to activate Adobe Flash Player.

Play Flash Games Offline

After downloading the Flash games on your PC, to play them, you have to rely on Flash Player Projector: a free program developed by Adobe that allows, in fact, to play files in Flash format outside the browser.

Browsers like Chrome, in fact, are abandoning Flash technology and, to date, by trying to drag a SWF or FLV file into them, they "refuse" to play it. To work around this problem, just download Flash Player Projector, which is compatible with both Windows and macOS and Linux.

To download Flash Player Projector connected to your PC, then, to Adobe's website and click on the link Download the Flash Player projector, found under the heading Windows, if you are using a Windows computer or on the link Download the Flash Player projector, found under the heading Macintosh, if you are using a Mac.

Once the download is complete, if you have a PC Windows, launch the executable flashplayer_xx_sa.exe and, in the window that opens, select the item apri from the menu Fillet (top left). Then presses on the button Shop by Department, select the Flash game to play and click on the button OK to start playback. Alternatively, if you want to do it first, get the file SWF of the game and drag it into the Flash Player Projector window.

If you use a PoppyInstead, open the dmg package which contains Flash Player Projector and drag the icon of the latter into the folder Applications of macOS. When the operation is completed, start the program, click on the button apri and drag the game to play onto its icon in the Dock bar (or, alternatively, select the game via the menu File> Open File which is at the top left).