www.y8.com

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For those of us who spend a lot of time on the Internet, Flash games are a dime a dozen. These games range from simple DIY creations that were put together in a matter of hours to surprisingly sophisticated affairs that can be as engaging and addictive as anything on your XBox 360 or Playstation 3. Naturally, there is no shortage of websites that offer collections of these games. Some of these sites are better than others, but for the most part they are designed with a specific theme in mind. Some sites specialize in role-playing and adventure games, some focus on old-school platforming games and others focus on shooting games. Some of these sites are kid-friendly, while others offer more adult-oriented fare with lots of graphic violence and sexual themes. Some are even meant to make a political statement. The point is that there is a wide variety of Flash games out there, and the best websites will give players lots of options when it comes to gaming. As far as Flash game sites go, www.y8.com doesn’t look like anything special at first glance, but its simple layout, refreshing lack of ads and huge library of games make it one of the best free Flash gaming sites on the web.

The best part of www.y8.com is clearly the huge library of games available to players. Many of these games have been culled from other sites, so if you’re the type who likes to play a lot of simple free Flash games, chances are that you’ve played at least some of these games before. That sounds like it could be a bad thing, but there’s a lot to be said about having a go-to website where all your favorite games can be found.

Naturally, all the games on www.y8.com are sorted into categories for easy browsing. Some of these categories are what you would expect from a gaming site such as “Adventure,” “Arcade,” “Action” and “Beat ‘Em Up.” Others are a little more out there. For example, there’s a category simply called “Blood” that has some of the most graphically violent games on the site. Another is called “Al Qaeda.” There are only four games currently in that category, all of which apparently have references to Al Qaeda (make of that what you will). In any case, there is a staggering number of categories here, so you’re sure to find at least a few games that suit your tastes.

As for the games themselves, they can be hit or miss. With this many games, there are bound to be a few that many gamers won’t like. That’s besides the point, however. What one gamer writes off as complete garbage might easily dominate another player’s afternoon. The important thing is that there are plenty of games to keep just about anybody busy for a good long while. This reviewer obviously wasn’t able to play all the games on www.y8.com, but the handful of games that were played worked very well. They all loaded fairly quickly and were easily playable. There are options to resize the game window, fairly detailed instructions on how to play and the ability to post comments. Nothing groundbreaking, but everything is functional and easy to use. In the end, that’s all that really matters.

Overall, www.y8.com is a solid Flash gaming site. It offers a no-frills presentation that’s easy to navigate and a gigantic collection of games that are all functional. If there’s anything negative that can be said about this site, it’s only that it will eat up a lot of your time if you let it. Then again, that’s high praise for a gaming site. Flash games are supposed to be fun time-wasters, and that’s exactly what www.y8.com delivers.

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