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Why AARP Games are Changing

 

AARP games are being updated. This update is primarily being driven by a shift in the digital world, away from using Flash technology. Flash will be fully discontinued by its manufacturer, Adobe, by the end of 2020, and browsers have already started to phase out supporting it.

A number of AARP’s games are created using Flash, and many of you have contacted us or commented in our Community forum about the increasing difficulty you are experiencing using them. These games now need constant re-enabling on your browser in order to play. Moreover, these popular games aren’t available at all on your smart phones and tablets. Support for Flash is on the decline, and so the issue is only going to increase and your playing experience is apt to continue to deteriorate. After careful consideration, we decided that now is the right time to prepare to discontinue all Flash games.

 

What You Need to Know

 

  • The good news is that we will be replacing the games going away with newer games, which use the faster, mobile-friendly technology called WebGL.
  • With the new technology, there will be no need on your end to buy or download anything new. This will make all AARP games available to all players on any browser and device — desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. It also will provide a smoother and more secure playing environment without the need to download additional software like Flash. 
  • Unfortunately, personal scores and leaderboard positions in Flash games cannot be carried over. Scores earned on the current WebGL games will not be affected.
  • As this transition is happening, we pledge to be as transparent and accommodating as we can. We are dedicated to providing you a fun and challenging games experience!
  • If you have questions, please post them on this forum. If you need additional assistance, please reach us at member@aarp.org or call customer service at 1-888-687-2277.

 

What Will Happen

 

  • On October 29*, we will add over 30 new games, built in WebGL. (*New date: previously scheduled for October 25.)
  • From October 29 to November 26, we’re giving you an opportunity to continue playing Flash games, while getting acquainted with their replacements. We understand that this will be an adjustment, but many of the new games will be nearly identical or be very similar to the old Flash counterparts. Take a few weeks to try them on for size and maybe even find a few new favorites.
  • On November 27, all Flash games will be removed, but the new WebGL games will remain. 

 

Non-Affected Games Already in WebGL

 

Jigsaw 

Jigsaw - Daily

Landing Party

Mahjongg Candy

Mahjongg Solitaire

Mini Crossword

Slots - Hollywood Dreams

Solitaire - FreeCell

Solitaire - Klondike

Solitaire - Pyramid

Solitaire - Spider

Solitaire - Tri Peaks

Sudoku

Sudoku - Daily

Sudoku - Daily Diagonal

Trizzle

True?

Wander Words

Eggz Blast*

Flip Out*

Mahjongg Dimensions*

Mahjongg Toy Chest*

Space Hunt*

Spellbound*

 

*These games are already in WebGL on your mobile devices. The same games are in Flash on your desktops and laptops, and will be replaced with their WebGL counterparts.

 

Flash Games to be Discontinued on November 27

A lot of these games are going to be replaced with same or similar WebGL counterparts.

 

5 Roll

52 Card Pick Up

AARP 50th Anniversary Crossword

Addiction Solitaire

Alu's Revenge

Arctic Tri Peaks Solitaire

Backgammon

Baseball

Beach Sudoku

Bridge

Bryx

Bubble Boo

Bumper Cards

Carniball

Circuit Smash

Crescent Solitaire

Crossword Expert

Crossword: Easy

Cryptogram

Daily Crossword

Déjà Vu Solitaire

Dice Dice Baby+

Eggz+

Eggz Blast New

Eggz Classic+

Find It+

Find-o-Vision

Freecell Solitaire

Golf Challenge

Grid Lock

Hollywood Solitaire

Ice Cream Blast

Jigsaw Puzzle Beginner

Jigsaw Puzzle Intermediate

Jigsaw: Hard

Klondike Solitaire

Klondike Solitaire Gold

Kritter Krawler

Mahjongg

Mahjongg Age of Alchemy

Mahjongg Dark Mimensions+

Mahjongg Dimensions New

Mahjongg Garden

Mahjongg: Mom Jongg

Match & Merge

Metro Match

Minesweeper

Minesweeper New

Mini Golf

Mixology

Monkey Gems

Nit Pix

Outdraw Poker

PegLand+

Photo Recall

Picture Pieces

Pool

Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire Silver

Roulette+

Score+

SlingShock

Slots: Big Cats

Slots: Golden Pharaoh

Slots: Under the Sea

Sparks+

Spider Solitaire

Splitarature+

Sport Fishing

Sudoku

Suds

Sumatra

Surf Solitaire

Train of Thought

Treasure Hunt

Tri Peaks Solitaire

Tumble Tiles

Type Writer

Video Poker

Word Search 2

Yarnz

Eggz Blast*

Flip Out*

Mahjongg Dimensions*

Mahjongg Toy Chest*

Space Hunt*

Spellbound*

 

+Members Only

*These games are already in WebGL on your mobile devices, and will not be affected there.  The same games are in Flash on your desktops and laptops, and will be replaced with their WebGL counterparts.

 

 

New Games

 

5 Roll

Alu's Revenge 2

Backgammon

Black Jack+

Bridge

Bubble Dragons

Mahjongg Dark Dimensions

Mahjongg Dimensions Candy

Mathdoku+

Outspell

Pool - 8 Ball

Pool - 9 Ball

Solitaire - 40 Thieves

Solitaire - Addiction

Solitaire Canfield+

Solitaire - Classic

Solitaire - Crescent

Solitaire - Golf

Sweet Shuffle

Word Search - Daily

Word Wipe

Bubble Dragon Saga+

Jigsaw Blast

Eggz Blast*

Flip Out*

Mahjongg Dimensions*

Mahjongg Toy Chest*

Space Hunt*

Spellbound*

 

+Members Only

*These games are already in WebGL on your mobile devices, and will not be affected there.  The same games are in Flash on your desktops and laptops, and will be replaced with their WebGL counterparts.

 

 

What computers/browsers will the new games work on?

 

All of the new games will be available on all computers and mobile devices, without the need to invest in any new devices or technology on your end. In fact, that's one of the advantages of WebGL: you don't need anything special to play these games. You don't even need to worry about "re-enabling" anything on your browser, like you have to do with Flash sometimes. These new WebGL games will be supported on all computers, so all you have to do is find the game you want to play and enjoy!

 

Replacements

Treasure Hunt is being replaced with the similar Space Hunt.

Eggz has the new game, Sweet Shuffle, and the similar Eggz Blast.

The destop version of Eggz Blast will be replaced with an identical game on October 25, but the version of the game available on mobile devices today will not be affected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

I think the new games are great! Don't play them on my phone, but find they load more quickly and run mich smoother on my desk top. Thank you AARP.

 

@VoyagerVicki - There are 2 or 3 discussions going in "Games," about the games being eliminated & substitutions. 99.9% of the feedback from those of us who've tried the replacement games is negative .. the game pieces aren't clear & sharp, and easily distinguishable, background music is distracting, etc. I have made several posts myself asking if AARP will look into other alternatives, for these poor-quality replacement games, but the AARP representative who created those discussions - and was specifically addressed - hasn't had the courtesy to even respond.

 

Who can we contact at AARP's end, about the possibility of selecting higher quality replacement games?!

when I play Flip Out I do not get a score. when the game ends it goes to black and stays that wat. Why?

Several of the new games won't come up on my desktop computer.  The new backgammon lets me watch the ad then it's just a black box.  The new word search says it's loading today's game but it just spins.  I let it go for 15 minutes and nothing came up?

The comment from rebecca57 above is the same experience I have with backgammon.  Are we ddoing something wrong?

Most of the new games are boring and not as much fun as the old games. Also, I use Google, and every time I sign on to the AARP games, it still ask me to reload FLASH, so I do, then the games work, so if the FLASH is still functioning then why can't we have our old games back???
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