Can I Play Flash Games on iPad or Android?
Yes, you can. I play flash games on my iPad Mini, as I describe below. The trick is to play them in a browser that supports Adobe Flash software.
(This solution also works on Android devices.)
It turns out Apple has been fighting with Adobe, so you can’t view Adobe Flash SWF objects on your iPad normally. On major browsers like Safari and Chrome, you’ll see a blank spot where the flash game should be.
However, there are a few special browsers that do support Flash. You can download the browsers to your iPad from the App Store.
The Puffin browser works best for playing flash games, in my experience. In addition to Flash support, the side-swipe menu in Puffin provides very useful options for configuring and playing the games.
Game options include full-screen “Theater” mode, Mouse Trackpad, Keyboard, and on-screen Gamepad with programmable buttons.
Puffin claims to be the quickest mobile browser, but I have sometimes noticed a brief delay (lag) during fast-paced games such as Cube Field or Neon Rider. On the other hand, puzzle games, board games, card games, math games, word games, and other types of brain games are usually playable, especially on a wi-fi connection.
You can download the Puffin browser from the App Store on your iPad. They also have a website, puffinbrowser.com, where you can learn more about the browser. There is a free version which has temporary Flash support and a paid version with permanent Flash support.
Theater mode is basically a Maximize button for flash games on the iPad. It lets you view the flash game in full-screen view.
Activating the full-screen mode is easy: Open the flash game, then slide open Puffin’s side-swipe menu from the left or right side of the screen, and then press the Theater icon. The game should expand and fill your iPad screen.
When you’re ready to exit the flash game, first close Theater mode. This redisplays the ‘X’ (Close) button in the upper left corner of the game.