A wide portion of browser-based games are based on Java and Flash technologies. That is why they are most commonly known as “Flash games”. During the past years, online Flash games have become increasingly popular due to several reasons derived from three major factors: they are accessible, diverse and affordable.
In terms of accessibility these games are cross-platform and have low hardware requirements. They work on almost any computer that has a web browser and an active Internet connection. Another advantage is that these games do not need to be installed on a computer. All one has to do is open a game’s URL in a web browser, wait for it to load and start playing. That is why people play Flash games online from school, work, home and other places. With a mobile device and a Wi-Fi Internet connection you can even play these games in the park. Another great thing about online Flash games is that only the most basic computer skills are required to play them. All one needs to know is how to start the computer and use a web browser, which nowadays is basic knowledge for any computer user.
The large variety of this type of games serves all tastes, as it’s aimed at multiple target markets. One can easily find online games to suit his/her taste. From adrenaline packed action shooters and fighting to relaxing point and click adventures and puzzle games, there are so many kinds it’s impossible to dislike all of them. And since there are so many available one can easily find and play Flash games he/she truly enjoys. Also, these games vary in duration. This means you can play games that can be finished in a couple of minutes, games that need hours of gameplay to reach their goals and games that last anywhere in between. In other words, games can go from time wasters, perfect to take a 5-minute break at work to games you can play on a daily basis or more.
Most of the games available online are free. Nonetheless, even the paid ones are very cheap. The vast majority of people prefer to play free online games for the obvious reasons, but there are several high-quality ones that require a low amount of money to be played as a one-time fee or as a subscription. To develop a strong player-base many of the paid games offer free initial playtime, and ask for money only after a certain moment in the gameplay progression. This method has repeatedly proven to be very efficient because it allows the user to see what the game is about before having to pay for it. Another method is selling virtual in-game currency used to purchase equipment, upgrades, skills, power-ups and other perks for real money. Even though free online games can be played at no cost whatsoever, they have other income sources, usually from ads.