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flash game performanceWhen it comes to casual gaming 7 Great Android Games For Casual Gaming 7 Great Android Games For Casual Gaming For those of you who love to play games in random idle moments, here's a list of great games which are entertaining, cheap, casual, silly and easy to pick up and set down. Well okay,... Read More , Flash may be the very best platform to play on. The Flash client has one distinct advantage over alternatives, and that’s the fact that it can be played within the browser. That makes it accessible from just about anywhere and on a huge number of devices.

However, there’s a trade-off. Flash games The Best Online Flash Games The Best Online Flash Games Read More are often not as optimized as games that run through a standalone client, and you can experience some terrible FPS drops. That’s even if you’re playing games with visuals that look like they belong back in the days of the Super Nintendo. Some of this is because of Flash itself, and the rest of the problem exists within the browser. Browsers can often be resource hogs. Heard of Realm of the Mad God? Players who used their older in-browser Flash client will know what I’m talking about. However, let me help you with a few ways on how you may be able to fix your Flash game performance problem.

Lower the Flash Quality

This is the most simple solution.

flash game performance

It’s as easy as right-clicking and hovering the Quality menu, which will then roll out into a menu of options. The effect that this will have is completely dependent on the game you’re playing and how intense the visuals are. For some games, you’ll see nearly no difference between each setting. In others, it will be extremely obvious.

If it’s something you find yourself doing often, there is a Firefox add-on and Chrome extension that can do this automatically for you.

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Play in Another Browser

I don’t know about you, but my Chrome has about six tabs that are constantly pinned, a dozen or so extensions, and more bloat. If you’re playing a Flash game through your browser, this is definitely going to hurt the Flash game performance.

flash game performance

If you use Google to do a bit of research, you can find statistics that show Flash performing better in one browser than in another. I’m not entirely confident in relaying those statistics myself, because they often seem inconsistent. However, my suggestion is that you download one browser and use that browser for nothing other than Flash games. Go through the preferences and strip it down to the bones. Disable every single non-essential option you can and treat it as nothing more than a container for those games.

Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration

This seems to be a setting that not too many people know of or feel comfortable playing with.

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Hardware acceleration basically forces your computer to use its hardware to perform a function faster than possible through software by using your CPU. Depending on your specifications, this can help or hurt you. Test this option, checked and unchecked, to see which shows the best results for your system. You need to restart your browser after the change.

Accessing this option is possible through clicking Settings… in the right-click menu. It will be the only option in the first tab.

Resize or Zoom Out

This is one of the most unconventional methods I’ve come up with, but I’ve honestly found that it helps the most in certain games. The less you have to see, the less that needs to be processed. That can result in better performance.

Opera 4 Cool Features That Make Opera A Browser Worth Checking Out 4 Cool Features That Make Opera A Browser Worth Checking Out Though it's probably known best for it's presence in the mobile space, Opera's desktop browser has always had a good feel to it. It's very fast, responsive, renders well, and is packed with so many... Read More is a browser that supports zooming in and out by a hotkey. Certain Flash games have containers around them that explicitly restrict the embed’s size. This means that zooming in and out will keep the Flash embed at the same size, while shrinking or enlarging everything around it. This translates to allowing you to change how much of the game is actually visible.

Here you can see a game zoomed far out:
flash game performance test

And here you can see this same game zoomed in:
flash game performance

Playing in this zoomed-in way puts less stress on your GPU, as it won’t have to process as many visuals as you play.

This is a very circumstantial way to improve your Flash game performance 5 Solid Tweaks to Optimize Your Computer For Gaming 5 Solid Tweaks to Optimize Your Computer For Gaming Read More , and there are probably only a handful of games that you will be able to see this work correctly in. However, it’s the biggest increase in performance that I’ve ever tested.

Flash games are some of the most fun and there are thousands of them that you can find around the web. If you’re a more hardcore gamer, I’ve written an article before that shows three Flash games to help you improve your reflexes 3 Flash Games To Help Improve Your Reflexes In The Browser [MUO Gaming] 3 Flash Games To Help Improve Your Reflexes In The Browser [MUO Gaming] Honing your skills with peripherals like the mouse or keyboard and sharpening your reflexes is something that can help you in general. Games that require no knowledge or game sense and rely completely on skill... Read More . If you really love a game, you can also save that Flash game for offline play How To Download Flash Games For Offline Play How To Download Flash Games For Offline Play Flash games can be awesome – they’re all over the web, free to play, and easy to dive into. Flash games run the spectrum from fun, casual time wasters to indie gems created by developers... Read More .

Let me know if these tips have helped you in any way, and which one showed the most improvement if so. Just leave me a comment in the section below!

  1. Debbie Gross
    June 2, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Lowering the quality AND unchecking hardware acceleration did the trick!

  2. JDah
    May 5, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Lowering the quality in settings helped to keep the game from jamming. - Tequila Zombies 2 !
    Thank you

  3. ahah
    April 11, 2015 at 6:42 am

    making the game smaller is good one thanks

  4. Yep
    April 7, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    The browser logos shown are:
    Internet Explorer; Firefox; Safari; Netscape
    Chrome; *unknown*, Opera; Flock (?)
    Konqueror; xB Browser (XeroBank); Maxthon (MyIE2); Camino

  5. lisa
    March 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I seem to be unable to deselect / remove the check mark from the enable hardware acceleration

  6. Jay A
    July 11, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Yes! A most helpful info-byte...
    Thanx 4 your input. Not ultimately useful to me, but I believe many will benefit from reading here. Keep it up and PLEASE, update this if your research uncovers anything new.
    +jAy-

  7. Don
    July 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Off subject but I am curios as to what all the Browsers are in your image. I recognize only five of the icons.

  8. Zhong J
    July 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

    What I prefer is download an emulator, then get some ROMs to play classic games. Example would be MS-DOS, I love the sets of games with it and best of all, it's offline.

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