Boy this one really hurts to report. Miniclip is dead. The website we all knew and loved as the ultimate home of entertainment as kids and teenagers is largely gone. It is now a hollow shell of what it once was, although Miniclip, the company, lives on. The web browser game will be remembered as the breaker of IT lessons and the foundation for a love of gaming for many. Rest in peace.
The news circulated Twitter and I, like many others, rushed to see if it was true. And unfortunately, when you go to Miniclip (opens in a new tab)today, it looks like a random gambling site more than it has a center of joy and excitement. Only two games remain: 8 Ball Pool and Agar.io. Slim pickings compared to what it once was.
Two factors probably led to this. The first is that Adobe Flash has closed (opens in a new tab) at the end of 2020. Flash Player is what many games lived on back in the day and if there was no active support for games that could move them to HTML 5, well, they died. Tragically, but people move on and forget about little browsing games they made, I expect.
The other factor would obviously be that younger audiences just have a lot more media these days. It used to be rare for a child to have a dedicated device to access the internet but now it is commonplace. They have phones, iPads, and other gaming devices that occupy time more concisely than going to places like Newgrounds, Nitrome, and well, Miniclip. And Miniclip followed its audience to these new gaming platforms.
The blow is strong. I miss those days when everything was so simple. But Miniclip the company seems to be doing quite well for itself in other areas. It is now primarily a mobile publishing company with offices around the world. It even bought the publisher of the highly successful mobile game Subway Surfers in June of this year, so it’s safe to say the brand is doing well. However, I will always know the name as that site I spent so many hours as a child. You can join me in pouring one out for Raft Wars tonight.