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Even though Apple
still refuses to allow Flash on the iOS platform, there is now a way to play at
least some popular Flash-based games on the iPad. On September 25th , Apple
just approved iSwifter (iTunes link), a free app that bypasses Apple's Flash
embargo by simply streaming the games to your iPad, similar to what OnLive does
with PC games. Games run on a central server and the iPad app basically works
like a remote desktop client and relays the user's input back to the server.
Before you get too excited, it's important to note that the app currently only features a very limited set of games from Yahoo! Games, AOL Games.com, Facebook and Kongregate. The team plans to add more games over time, though, and announce more partnerships with other Flash-gaming portals, too.
The iSwifter app
is kind of like a portal. You download it to your iPad and then it gives you
access to a number of games stored on its servers. Those games are typically
played with a mouse and keyboard on the web. But iSwifter has selected a number
of games that will work with the iPad's touchscreen interface. ISwifter programming is designed wonderfully, you can
hardly find games running on the ipad. Now iSwifter only support iPad, and can
only be used by WiFi. After the Flash Games being transferred to iPad, you can
also transfer the games from ipad to computer through a ipad to computer transfer software.
The service is a great way to get around walled gardens. If companies such as Apple allow the app, then the app can bring content that might otherwise not run - or be allowed to run - on the particular platform. By making their games available on iSwifter, game developers can avoid being locked out of certain platforms. And the developers do not have to adapt their games, change them from one format to another, just to expand their reach to new platforms. iSwifter is using cloud computing to stream various Flash portals, such as Kongregate, Yahoo! Games, and AOL Games, to your iDevice, unaltered.
a game-changer for smaller Flash game developers that don't have the resources
to port their games to multiple mobile platforms like iOS and Android," says
Net Jacobsson, a former Facebook executive, advisor to King.com, and founder
& CEO of Playhopper, a Flash-based social gaming start-up.
If everything works
out for streaming services like iSwifter, gamers could enter a sort of
renaissance of free gaming options. I'm not exactly sure how the online
services will work within things like, say, Yahoo! Games, but I would be pretty
happy to play Yahoo! Pool in some of my downtime. Sure, Flash games can be
silly, but there are a ton of them out there, and many of them are far better
than some of the free offerings in the App Store.
By now, iSwifter is only available for the iPad and
only works over WiFi networks. The company plans to add support for 3G networks
soon and launch iPhone and Android apps in the near future.
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