From Flash To Full. 10 Games that went from the browser to your desktop!

Anyone with time to kill and no money for games can tell you, that there are top notch browser games out there. And fun fact, they have desktop, “full”, versions. And they carry the same high quality and some extras.

Recently a new game was announced, with a dev team of Newgrounds alumni! From there I went on a nostalgia trip, and during it, I remembered a lot of great games. Games that have made it on to consoles and PC. Bigger, smoother, and with plenty of new bells and whistles. Here are 10 of 'em. Also as a heads up, most of my knowledge and research is based on Newgrounds. (out of the big 3, it was my most favorite)

10.The basement collection

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

I know there are entries here that are sort of “cheats” but I will get them out of the way first. One of the biggest indie dev stars that ever was is Edmund McMillen. Before becoming famous for titles like “The Binding of Issac” and “Super Meat Boy”, he was known as the maker of some great flash titles. And the best 8 of 'em are in this collection. Including the calm exploration adventure game “Aether”, The impressive liquid psychics' platformer “Spewer” and the puzzle platformer “Time Fcuk”. For cheap you can the desktop versions of 8 great flash games, plus some bonus features, like creator commentary.

The games online: https://bluebaby.newgrounds.com/games

The collection on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/214790/The_Basement_Collection/

9.No Time to Explain

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

And here is the second cheat, sort of… See this list does not contain “Binding of Issac”, even though it has a browser version. Reason being that that version was made as a demo. “No Time to Explain” is similar…now! The online version's description now reads as this might be a trailer but in truth this version of released half a year before the full version. But in the beginning, there was no such thing. It was just a fun short game where you platform with a powerful laser and fight a giant enemy crab in the end. The full version has way more levels, mechanics and story.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/558562

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/368730/No_Time_To_Explain_Remastered/

8.Haunt the House

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

“Haunt the house” is a cute game, where you play as a cute ghost, making cute scares to chase away people going about in your house. The game was fun in its simplicity, that it got a sequel/ bigger version called “Haunt the House: Terrortown”. More levels, more unique scares and a little bit more of a story.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/552005

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/270630/Haunt_the_House_Terrortown/

7.Epic Battle Fantasy 4

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

Starting off as simple RPG battle boss battles, EBF slowly became a fully realized title. Including some great and fun original designs for everything(monster, weapons, etc.), tongue-in-cheek writing, references to other games and anime. And of course all the trappings of an RPG, which includes a 10+ hours long adventure, sidequests, optional almost impossible to overcome bosses and more.

And the best part is that there is an “Epic Battle Fantasy 5” nearing its completion.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/612815

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/265610/Epic_Battle_Fantasy_4/

6.Fancy Pants Adventures

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

Back in my “6 Hidden gems of 2017” I mentioned this game. A fantastic moment based platform with fluid movements and animation and a great relaxing vibe to it. The online version might not be as polished and a bit divided into parts, but it is still the same great game. And very worth your time to at least check out.

The game online: https://drnerocf.newgrounds.com/games

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/668210/Super_Fancy_Pants_Adventure/

5.Armed with Wings

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

A tale told in black white, “Armed with Wings” is a cool action adventure game, that oozes style. Fight your way through levels, using your bird companion to open doors and distract enemies, leading up to a confrontation with a powerful boss. While the online versions tend to be a bit buggy, the full “Rearmed” version is fixes everything, add a bunch of new stuff, and is also add to the cool that the browser game had.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/553025

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/340580/Armed_with_Wings_Rearmed/

4.Kingdom

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

One of the surprise indie hits, Kingdom mixes of territory expansion and tower defense gameplay with a pleasant pixel art style to create a very addictive “one more run” title. But surprisingly, the game started off as a browser-based game. While a bit bare bones you, can see the foundation that would become the addictive gameplay loop. All kingdoms, start off as humble villages I guess.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/626899

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/368230/Kingdom_Classic/

3.House of Dead Ninjas

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

One of the titles brought to you by the folks over at Adult Swim, “House of Dead Ninjas” was a simple game where all you had to go down a tower as quickly as possible, avoiding and eliminating threats and obstacles along the way. A couple of years later, we got “Super House of Dead Ninjas”, prettier, bigger and yet at its core, the same fun title that was its browser predecessor.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566333

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/224820/Super_House_of_Dead_Ninjas/

2.Canabalt

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

How can I not add this game? This is the second most important video game ever made(making its rounds around galleries) Starting off as a simple endless runner game, soon took the world on fire. And a few years later, we got a full steam version. Including levels, characters, 3D mode and much more. Both versions are equally addictive and still hold up. A masterpiece, brought by simplicity.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/510303

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/358960/Canabalt/

1.Meat Boy

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

And here is the last cheat in this list. How is this a cheat? Well, there is a desktop version of this game in “The Basement collection”. But this game NEEDED to have its own spot. Just like Canabalt, Meat Boy was the shining example and trendsetter for the difficult twitch platformers. And it was, in general, the biggest game ever when the full version was released. It not only got tons of rewards from all over, but meat boy himself was an easter egg/ guest character in so many games! Like games that were not even platformers. And this amazing title, started as a humble flash game online.

The game online: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/463241

The game on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/40800/Super_Meat_Boy/

Special mentions

Here are 3 games that did not make in on the list, since:

  1. They are still in development.
  2. They don't have flash versions but some are based on classic flash series.

Brakensack and the Dashkin Game

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

Based on the fantastic Brakenwood series, and the character of “Bitie”. The Dashkin game has had a long and bumpy road of development. Now with its second official developer, the game is coming up smoothly, but in the meantime, on Early Access, you will have Brakensack. A PvP sports game, using assets from the Dashkin game. And it looks really fun.

Madness: Project Nexus 2

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

From the creator of the most action and violence packed series of all time “Madness”, we have “Project Nexus 2”. A 3D sequel to the 2D flash game. Just like the series, expect plenty of guns, violence and most importantly, madness!

Nightmare Cops

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

And the that started this all! From a bunch of Newgrounds folks, we have “Nightmare Cops”, a co-op side-scrolling action game, with seaming fun gameplay, cool style and the crude humor you would expect. Keep on eye out for this game, since I can tell that it will turn out to be one hell of a good time.