I work part-time at the Portland Center Stage box office. We generally have a lot of downtime between phone calls and shows. To keep ourselves sane, we play flash games online (and write blog posts). I have become an expert at wasting time on the internets. There are many website to play flash games on: Addicting Games, Armor Games, etc. My favorite is Kongregate, mostly because I am a sucker for achievements and challenges. Kongregate was recently bought by GameStop. We’ll see if the make any changes to the formula. Unfortunately, I have already noticed a few more annoying ads before game starts.
That said, here are my ten favorite flash games. If you want to try them, just click on the image and it will open up the game in a new window.
Portal: Flash Version
As I said in my horror movie review, I love zombie movies. For a flash game, this has much of the desperate feel of a zombie movie. You have to scavenge for supplies, guns, and survivors during the day and then defend yourself from the hordes at night.
Toss the Turtle
I enjoy launch games. They are easy to pause and are not usually full of micromanagement. Though there are a ton of launch games online, only a handful are any good. Toss the Turtle lets you abuse a turtle for fun and entertainment. Who can’t get behind that? Turtles are assholes.
GemCraft chapter 0
The first tower defense game was Rampart on Atari. Since then, it has grown into an industry of its own (from Warcraft 3 mods to Defense Grid and Plants vs. Zombies). GemCraft is a one of the best; blending upgrades, strategy, and difficulty.
Zombies again but this time you are trying to destroy the world instead of saving it. Upgrade your zombie virus to kill everyone in each of the cities. The game has a great 8-bit quality and a good sense of humor.
Like a dorkier version of Excitebike, race your goofy bicycle around crazy tracks. Do tricks to get speed bursts and earn achievements to upgrade your bike.
This game is all about the upgrades. Play the top down shooter to earn money and use the money to upgrade everything else (the game graphics, menu, logo).
Factory Balls 2
This is a simple puzzle game that is tough enough to keep me trying to complete every level but not so hard that I want to punch the creator in the nuts.
Desktop Tower Defense
Here is another good tower defense game. This one is more straightforward than GemCraft and is all about mazing (as you can see from the picture above). It has a nice retro feel and reminds me of the tower defense mods I played in Warcraft III.
Hedgehog Launch 2
Another launch game but this time you are trying to shoot a hedgehog to Mars (it is always a good idea to launch animals that are assholes). Collect money and upgrade your launch mechanism. At PCS, we competed for shortest days to reach Mars. Each shot is a day and the record (held by me and Marc) is 2 days. Beat that!