GOOGLE CHROME (04/10/19): As of version 69 of Google Chrome, to play the Flash games in Chrome you must re-allow the Adobe Flash player every time you close and re-open the browser.
NOTE: Usually the fastest way to get playing quickly is to simply open the game page in a different browser than you normally use.
Most of the time if a game won’t load, the problem is your browser or plug-ins in your browser. The browser or plug-in may be glitching, or not set up properly to run the games.
For example, if you normally use Internet Explorer, try opening the game page in Google Chrome or Firefox. If the game works in one browser but not the other, that means you likely have a browser issue.
Browser companies are always updating their code, and sometimes their changes mess up online games. That’s why opening the game in another browser solves the problem 90% of the time.
If you need a different browser, here’s where you can download the most common ones. They are all free, of course:
Where to Download Browsers:
Did you know? You can view flash content (including games) on iPads, other tablets, and smart phones, using the free Puffin browser.
For the best experience, play flash games on desktop rather than mobile.
If you want to try to actually fix the problem with your browser or its plug-ins, go through the detailed troubleshooting steps below.
Hint: Often the problem is with your Adobe Flash Player plug-in.
The flash player is a free plug-in that runs the games. You can check the status of your flash player on Adobe’s website here: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html
Detailed Troubleshooting: Check These Issues:
I’ve tested the games on three different computers and several different browsers. At the time I tested them all the games worked fine. So if you’re having issues, it might be due to one of the following:
- Flash Player missing or disabled. Make sure you have the free Adobe Flash Player plug-in installed on your browser. If the flash player is installed and working properly, you’ll see an animated flash banner in the red box below:
If you do not see the animation, you might not have the flash player installed on your browser. Or the flash player might be disabled – see below.
Most of the games on this site are written in Flash software, and the flash player is needed to play them.
During installation of the flash player, you should choose to allow Adobe to download and install updates automatically. That way, you will always have the most current flash player including security patches and bug fixes.
- The free Adobe Flash Player can be downloaded from the Adoble website here:http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/To install the player, click the Download Now button on the Adobe site and follow their instructions.
- F5 (Refresh the Page). Press the F5 key on your keyboard to refresh the game page. This sometimes clears the problem.Note: On some computers you have to hold down the function key (fn) and press F5 to refresh. On Apple/Mac computers, it’s CMD+R (Apple+R) to refresh, I think.
- Just wait a bit. It might seem silly, but some glitches are temporary and resolve themselves. All you might need to do is wait awhile, then try the game again.
- FLASH PLAYER DISABLED, or If your browser is trying to download the game to your computer (Google Chrome, Opera). I noticed in the Chrome and Opera browsers that if you have the Adobe flash player completely disabled, trying to open the game will cause your browser to try and download the .swf game file instead of loading the game so you can play it.To fix this, type chrome://plugins or opera://plugins into the Chrome or Opera address bar. This opens the Chrome or Opera plugins management screen. Turn on the flash player by clicking the “Enable” link in the Adobe Flash Player section. This should resolve the problem.Most likely the same is true for other browsers. Go to the plug-in settings page of whichever browser you are using, and enable the Adobe Flash Player (or install the flash player if you don’t have it – see above).
- If the game is SLOW. If the flash game opens but runs slowly, consider disabling hardware acceleration in the flash player. According to the Flash Player Help section of the Adobe website, this can improve response time issues:
You can check to see if you are running the current version of Flash here:
That page explains how to identify your Flash version and provides links to download a newer version of Flash if needed.
If you just want to download and update your Flash player without bothering about researching your current version, you can get the latest Flash player version directly here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
INDICATIONS that your flash player may be out of date:
– Games won’t load
– Games load but won’t play
– Keyboard commands don’t work
– Some animations in the game don’t work
- – Images within the game are broken- Instructions or other words in the game are unreadable.Updating your flash player may resolve most of these issues.
- Flash Player Out of Memory. If too much memory is being used by the browser and flash game, the game may abort. In place of the game, you may then see an exclamation point inside a circle.
- Close extra browser sessions and browser tabs when playing flash games.
- Empty your browser’s temp files.
- Increase the flash player storage settings even further if possible. The maximum setting is “unlimited”.
Tip of the hat to the website Articulate.com for figuring out the GCOD troubleshooting steps.