How To Download and Play Flash Games Offline

download flash games   How To Download and Play Flash Games Offline Do you like to play flash games online? Have you ever wondered if there is a way to download those flash games to your computer and play them on your desktop without seeing distracting ads ?

Here we’ll show you how to do just that. First how to download flash games to your PC and then how to play them offline. So if you’re hooked on some addictive flash game this guide should help you get it offline and play it on your desktop.

1. Download Flash Games

Downloading flash games to your PC is a fairly easy process and there are lots of ways to do it. One way to get the game file is to look inside the page’s source code and find the direct link to the game file on the site. Another option is to wait for the game to load in your browser and later get it from the temporary files folder of your browser. Or you can just go to the site called File2HD and let it get the game file for you. We have already featured it earlier as a MP3 and video download tool for Myspace.

File2HD can help you download and play flash games from most of the online gaming sites. That being said, it doesn’t work with Kongregate, one of the best sites for Flash games. Althou I had no problems getting flash games from hugely popular sites like AddictiveGames.

How you play flash games offline:

1. Go to the page with the flash game you want to download.

2. Copy the page URL and paste it into File2HD.

3. Set ‘Filter’ to ‘Objects’ option and click on ‘Get Files’ button.

4. Next, File2HD should retrieve the direct link to the game file.

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5. Right click on the link an use ‘Save Link As’ option to save the game to your computer.

2. Play Flash Games Offline

Once you have the game files on your system you can use a simple freeware program called FlashOffliner (Windows only) to take those raw .swf flash files, turn them into playable games, and neatly organize them under one menu.

Here are the steps you need to do:

1. Download and Install FlashOffliner.

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The FlashOffliner setup comes with 2 games by default and 3 more that can be added later. If you want to install them as well then check step 4.

2. Once you have FlashOffliner up and running, you should see a new icon in the taskbar. Right click on the icon to see the list of available games and program options.

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3. It takes two steps to add a downloaded flash game to your FlashOffliner games list. The first thing you need to do is click on the ‘Create New Flash Offliner Package’ and then point it to the downloaded file. Then you will be asked to name your new game and for a couple of more optional details. At the end it should create game_name.fop file for you.

4. Again right click on the FlashOffliner icon and this time select the ‘Install FlashOffliner Option’. Point the app to the newly created game_name.fop file to “install” the game.

5. This will install the game and add it to your FlashOffliner games. See screenshot below.

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That’s about it, now you can simply click on the game of your choice and play it offline right on your desktop. By default the game window size is set to 800×600 but you can easily resize it to 400×300, 640×480, 1024×768 or Full Screen mode.

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Now that you know how to play flash games offline check out our short post on best online flash games.

Did you try downloading flash games to your computer before? Do you have anything to add to the above guide? Share your tips and thoughts in comments.

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Phao Loo

that’s pretty cute about File2HD.com. I should check whether It can download file from Youtube.com and other site. If yes, that will be a great tool for downloading and Keepvid.com should retire soon.

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Qix

http://www.zamzar.com can download and convert anything on youtube (and some other sites too).

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Luke Alexander

Right, I’m using zamzar.com to convert some of my files though kinda slow. For games, I download them and play at ponged.com. :)

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Aibek

Yes, it can download both from Youtube and many other sites

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Will Mueller

You can also get an extension like DownThemAll (Firefox) and navigate to a page with a built in Flash Game, while using the DownThemAll extension to download the specific extension.

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Aibek

Any idea if it works on Kongregate.com ?

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Captain Obvious

This article is superfluous.

I’ve downloaded Flash games by simply right-clicking the object and saving to HDD. (I recognize that this won’t work in some cases)

Secondly, all you have to do to play the games is open them with your web browser.

Right Click -> Open With -> Firefox/Opera/Chrome/whatever

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Aibek

I think the right click won’t work in many case, not just in some.

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Nick the Greek

To Capt. O.
You comment is quite ignorant as the actual .swf file will not open or play through a web browser uless the temporary internet files associated with it are present in your temporary internet files folder, and the only way to get them there would be to go on the website where the game is, but we are trying to do this offline, so your method wont work unless you can go onto the website, which would be redundant and therefore, your comment is redundant.

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Jewce

To Nick

Capt O has the right idea. I frequently play the .swf files on my IE7 browser but you will have to allow the ActiveX control to load the movie. You can download flash games using firefox simply by navigating to tools>pageinfo>media then clicking save as on the.swf. You can do it with IE i think its tools>internet options>browsing history/settings>view objects and then copying the .swf file to your hdd or wtevr. Its way easier to do then what this guy is talking about. I used to look at the page source and run a scan for the file extension .swf and find it….but now they use java script and it hurts my eyes =(

Hahaha

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blackbook

Thats a cool thing to do when you want to play offline but man… some of these dudes worked hard time to build a game for you to play. At least buy them a coffee on their site. (not their distributor site) 1$ isn’t a lot considering you downloaded a game that you will play more then 1hr.

Thus said, support them small programers.
Btw their an add-on for firefox that lets you save all swf.

cheers.

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Aibek

Yeah definitely, the purpose of this article wasn’t to rip off the developers. But merely give users the ability to play games offline.

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FlashDeveloper

Another thieving bastard couraging people to hustle flash (game) developers…

Those games don’t make them selves you know, more you hustle us, less likely we have opportunity (living ain’t free, even for us, you know) to make games and that mean you ain’t getting new games to play.

I hope some day your boss just decides to keep your pay check and tell “sorry, you haven’t worked enough lately, you don’t need money.”.

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sm4k

So stick to publishing on Kongregate, who’s system is resistant to this kind of thing, and is set up to support you, especially with the new ‘tip’ system.

You can sit on your front porch and shake your fist all day long, but until you put up a fence I’m still going to play in your yard. :P

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Agent Smith

Kongregate is not resistant to that type of stuff, i’ve seen many friends download games off of it. However, most common apps to download games do not work on Kongregate.

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raghu

the flashoffliner is a real waste.. i used flashget to download the swf and then simply drag dropped the swf in firefox and enjoyed my game :D

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David

why download anything?? In most cases if you go to the source of the web page (for firefox under the view tab and for internet explorer under page) and search for “.swf” then you’ll find the link. Read the link to see if it’s what you want. eg http://google.com/ads.swf is probably not what you’re looking for. Then open the url in your browser and save it. For people who don’t download random things just in case :)

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Aibek

Yes the file can be always grabbed fro the source code, although it’s really a pain in the ass looking for the right flash on banner-filled gamig sites.

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Chetan Thaker

You can also use Firefox’s AdBlock extension (Ctrl + Shift + V to open the Blockable items on the page) to copy the URL of the component you wish to download and download it using your favorite download manager.

This works very nicely with most of the websites.

Using DownThemAll is another alternative method, but I find it a little fussy.

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Aibek

Yep, that works pretty well as well

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tommix

For the Mac I recommend iSwiff for launching offline games
echoone.com/iswiff/
i highly recommend the towerdefense game VectorTD and its sequels on Candystand.com

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Teddy

This article is superfluous.

I’ve downloaded Flash games by simply right-clicking the object and saving to HDD.

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Steave

Thats a cool thing to do when you want to play offline….

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Luna Drift

Clever bit of software! But why not just play the flash games online?

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Cherry Darling

For me, personally, I’m looking up how to play games offline because school’s out today and I don’t have a sitter so my 9 year old daughter’s coming to work with me and needs some things to do for 10 hours. Yes, we’re bringing books as well, but I know she won’t read all day long. I have a laptop, but my boyfriend’s 3 year old broke the wireless button, so that’s why I’m looking to do this.

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Tappy

You can download games from kongregate if you know how…

http://a.kongregate.com/games///frame/

Where is the maker or poster of the game
and
is the name of the game.

So if you wanted to download “Frantic” from Kongregate
your URL would look like
http://a.kongregate.com/games/polymerrabit/Frantic/frame/

then all that you have to do is click File > Save Page As… or Ctrl+S (in your browser) and then you have downloaded a game off of kongregate.

Enjoy.

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djnforce9

Or use Orbit Downloader’s Grab++

The problem is that you won’t be able to run it. The flash game will load but then instantly re-direct you to an error page that displays “You can only play this game at http://a.kongregate.com…” so it’s no use. I guess there’s a check to make sure you’re running the game from the site (maybe they are against people pulling their games offline for whatever reason).

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azran

why my flash game soo laggy

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Cloudbreath9

Heh, if you have firefox, go get the Amazing Media Browser add-on at

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1468

it lets you download anything that’s embedded in the current webpage. neat, eh?

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Mvk25

I used to download flash games to my computer by using a firefox extension(i dont remember its name right now), then i used the adobe flash player(not the plugin, but the stand alone app thats with the adope flash program itself) so i just associated .swf with it, then all i had to do is double click flash files :-)

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toddler’s_dad

Here’s something I don’t see here…how can I download the games for my son from http://www.sesamestreet.org/games … file2hd.com doesn’t find any objects. When i browse through the files in firefox, i only come across a loader.swf…I’ve got some other great flash games on my Archos 605 that he likes playing – but these Sesame Street ones are his favourite and we can only play them on the web (for now)…take for example: http://www.sesamestreet.org/game_player?p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_id=gamePlayer_WAR_sesameportlets4369&p_p_uid=dd838f23-486b-11dd-bf7b-df62be721a24&t=1230617774375&

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Aibek

Try checking suggestions in the comments above. There are some alternative ways to download the games.

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Library Gamer

i cant afford internet at home and there are a lot of games i enjoyed to pass the time, but im stuck playing them at the local library. is there some way (any at all) to get the save information, as sadly the computers here wipe all temporary information when they get rebooted or shut down. so although i have flashoffliner on and it stays strangely, it doesent keep my progress and it sucks when im trying to play some rpg like conartist’s game “Sonny”. please let me know if you have anything. thanks LG

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nimaid

When i downloaded flashoffliner and tried to unzip it, it said it was corrupt. downloaded again and still would not work. is their any way other than flash offliner? and also, i would like it if it were playable with internet dissconected. any ideas?

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Dan

that flash offliner link is blocked by my firewall do u recon u can send me a link simalar to it plz??

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John

I have downloaded sonny and got really far but for some reason when i save it every time i try and open the game I saved i see that the game hasn’t saved so I’m stuck playing sonny without closing it which is really aggravating if my computer reboots etc. any ideas?

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Araska

It saves using cookies. Since you are offline, it wouldn’t save any cookies. So, you cant save anything offline.

At least, that is my guess.

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Raf

Any flash game that saves progress and is not dependent on being run from the original website will save the game progress in %userprofile%\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects (yes, I know Adobe owns it now but it still uses the macromedia path, go figure). So user Bob playing flash games on his PC that have save functions would have all of his save data in the (assuming default Win XP settings) following path:
C:\Documents and Settings\Bob\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\(randome folder name)\(name of the website the game was downloaded from or is associated with).

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SIRpoppy

ive gotten it installed and put a game on it i go to play it but it asks me to download a shw file what do i do?

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Aibek

It means you downloaded only a part of the game, not the full version.

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igreigrice

it is great software, and the best thing it is that’ a freeware version of software for playing games offline.

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Alexito Macias

Wonderful post!

Thanks a lot!

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just

just too good…
for everyone who is unable to download either of the programme…just use some download tool to download them….\
thanks a ton….

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khyten_nuetron

some of our friends here are saying.. “why play it online?” lol the purpose of this is when you’re stupid ISP crashed and you have nothing to do.. you can play it offline.. if you’re ISP works 24/7 it might be GOD himself who operate on it..

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shenks

that’s gr8 trick dude well done……….

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Anonymous

Pandemic 2 – I can’t download this game!!

HELP!!

http://www.addictinggames.com/pandemic2.html – Yeah, even in this url…

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Jeremy

Theres a problem when i download some things. For example: I downloaded and installed World Wars (http://www.addictinggames.com/worldwars.html) to the FlashOffliner, but when i clicked on the game All that popped up was a blank black or white Screen and then nothing ever loaded. Does anyone have any information/advise or just plain help for me.

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diskjocki

I downloaded Motherload from miniclip.com with this method and opened it with Flashoffliner but all it comes up with is a white screen :(

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carlo

http://games.sticky.tv/cyrkam_airtos/

could you help me dl this game? i couldn’t find the exact link in the source page. thanks.

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Dels

so how to download game from mofuya.com and fasco-csc.com? the room escape game was really great but i can’t get it offline

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tajgames

Fire Fox users can also download flash games from there browser’s page info option. ;-)

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crazy blogger

yes this is working

i had downloaded some games now

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leo

i tried the file2hd and sometimes the game’s link doesnt show in file2hd. it says no files found. so how can i get the game i want? and another thing is it comes up with two links, which one should i use? sometimes though i installed the package, the game doesnt load, it just appears as a white screen. please help me. tq.

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Aibek

it depends on the website, on some sites file2hd seem not to work as expected. As for multiple links go for the one with bigger size, that usually points to the game.

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tony

will it work on newgrounds games and flashes? can you try interactive madness? what system are you using? cuz im using a dell inspiron 1720!

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King_Asmodei

to all who say this rips off the dev. you still have to go to the site at one point or another to get the .swf so the game still gets traffic so quit QQing

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Aliah Lee

it’s pretty easy to use zamzar. anyway thanks for sharing the tips

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statout

nice tut bro

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Flex Buffchest

What do you do when it’s a computer game that’s not by a specific developer? I want to download a game from a band I listen to. They made a computer game that’s accessible on their website using a flash player. I just want to download it so I could play it offline. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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JoeyL

You can also open the swf files in Internet Explorer and it will play them

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mast boy

how can i download ULTRA BALLOON….i cant find its url….
pls help me ..i love this game…

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abhimanyu

very good site

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Igre

Really good article

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Renee

Thank you so much for this article! My gramps can’t get out of the house, still lives in the dark ages, and only has solitaire on his computer- no internet or dvd drive. This will let me give him other games to play. My family thanks you!

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ssj

thanks for such a brilliant idea

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william

Hey, you know, you don’t really have to use this program you’re mentioning. All you really need to do is have firefox, save the webpage (webpage complete), look through all of the files and find the swf file that is the game. You can put that file in some other folder and delete all of the other stuff. There are many other ways. I’m just saying that you don’t need to use that website

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william

(on firefox) or, right-click the page, click page info, go to media, find the swf file (the one that is the game, it may have the game’s name in the title, or it may take up more space than a regular ad) and “save as”

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Kainsmoney

Thanks mate , I may add , you need to start the game and you will get the .swf file .

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asep canda

thankyou for info :D

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still wish

nice post friends

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shan

Hi,
Do you know a way to download flash/swf files, that are being created with pictures that you have uploaded and which INTEGRATE in an e-card?
It’s NOT in the FF – page info. Only the “empty” ecard.
I have several programmes by APPLIAN, I download files with. But these also don’t work.
To see what I mean, please visit the hilarious dancingemail card you can make at: http://www.dancingsantacard.com/en/
I made a card, and would like to HAVE IT PERMANENTLY.
THANKS MUCH for your help.
Shan

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Zimitsuga

install bitcomet, run flash games, right click and download media files..simple…

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nd

HELp
I downloaded but my computer does not no what program to open with
HELP PLZ~!

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Aibek

check comments above, there are several apps/ways to open flashfiles. A regular web browser can open Flash files as well.