Does anyone else here waste way too much time playing these?
Here are some of my favorites... I can post links if anyone wants them, but they should be easy to search out and I don't want to look like I am advertising one flash game site over any of the others.
Fancy Pants Adventure series
There are three games in this run and jump platformer series(so far?) and each one is better than the last. The second one is leaps and bounds better than the first, while FPA3 is more of an incremental improvement, but still raises the bar for flash based platformers.
Talesworth Adventure: the Lost Artifacts
This is a really awesome puzzle game, where you use various gates and other objects to influence the path the hero takes through various mazes. Lost Artifacts is a sequel as well, but its so much better than the first game, imo, that I just mentioned this one.
This is the first game in a series(the third of which is commercial
) of puzzle games, in which the object is to rotate the board and then click on groups of like-colored blocks to make them disappear and let your knight fall around, kill stuff and collect the key, then make it to the exit. I vastly prefer the first game, as you can only click on matches of three or more, wherein the second and third games, you can click on one or two but it costs more action points. The first one just feels, to me, like a purer puzzle game because of the limitation.
Vertical Drop Heroes
This one is also kind of puzzlish, but more action oriented as well. I love this guy's art style, and the variety of classes you can play as is great, too. You pick them up as you fall down the level, you can switch from class to class, each with different abilities, or get bonuses by picking up the same class multiple times in a row.
Super Samurai Sweeper
Made by the same guy that made VDH, once again with that wonderful art style, but this game is a take on Minesweeper, but you are samurais fighting the forces of evil daimyos. A wonderful combination of luck, skill, planning and upgrading, its so much more than just a minesweeper clone.
Jade Wolf 1 and 2
I freaking love these games. It's like Sonic, but you play as a wolf. Smooth animations(not as smooth as FPA but pretty nice in their own right), a wonderful aesthetic and a sense of wonder and adventure that is so rare even in commercial games make these two games true joys to play.
Just a fun time waster type game(aren't all games, though, really?), where you play volleyball from a side perspective, made hilarious and frustrating at times by the way in which your player is manipulated like a ragdoll. This is one of those types of games where you can get in lots of crazy situations just playing around with the physics of the game, and I love games like that.
Ok that's it for now, I might add some more later, and if anyone else has some flash games they would like to recommend, please feel free to post them here.