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Winding Down Shades

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

Hey Sleuths!

I've got some pretty crappy news to share: We're going to have to wind down Shades of Mystery by the end of the year. This is something I've really wanted to avoid, but I don't have a realistic alternative. With the demise of Flash, the game isn't going to continue to function in 2021 unless you use a very old browser.

- We won't be selling any new subscriptions to Shades of Mystery
- We'll fully refund the remaining time on any active subscriptions (your sub will still be active)
- The game will probably be coming down at (or slightly after) New Years
- As a thank you to everybody, in a week or so, we'll grant full subscriber rights to everybody for the remainder of the game's life.

The writing has been on the wall for several years. Adobe is retiring Flash https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html because it isn't standards compliant. I've had aspirations to migrate the front end to a modern javascript interface, but it would require a huge time commitment.

This sucks. I haven't updated the game much for years, but the project represents a ton of my time and energy along with major contributions by Sunny, YetiFace, Secret Squirrel and a bunch of other friends and players who were kind enough to pitch in. It's a lot to let go of, but it's important to recognize when the road you're on comes to an end.

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Horton Smith
Horton Smith

Or you can post your ideas on Noir, which isn't a flash game and will continue to work as usual. There is a better chance of one of the admins reading it.

Joyce Glade
Joyce Glade

I will be waiting on the app for Apple and Android. I think it worth the switch. I'm ready to purchase today... If not your gonna force me to make my own sleuth application....

Jayneromina
Jayneromina

what happened to giving us all full subscribers rights for the remainder of the game, Admin? As you wrote in your post?

Joseph Kennedy
Joseph Kennedy

I have some good memories with Sleuth: Shades of Mystery. A rainy day, bundled up on the couch with some hot cocoa solving murder mysteries after a long day. Yeah I'll miss this game, along with many other Flash games that I loved playing. I do hope this game gets ported to another platform like Steam because if it does I'll buy it in a heartbeat lol. If by chance that doesn't happen, I'd like to say goodbye to all the sleuths here. I met some cool people and had some fun times. Good luck in the future everyone! :)

develin
develin

Good luck to all sleuths...Happy New Year...
I will miss this game too....a lot...
Met some awsome people here...

Jayneromina
Jayneromina

I think you will find that unless a problem develops with flash, we will still be able to play. Interesting though, the promise that we would all be subbed in the latter stages of the game last year never happened!! What happened to that?

Mike Tracuer
Mike Tracuer

Before the lights go out, I'd suggest contacting somebody at archive.org or Ruffle

They should be more than happy to help in preservation.
I'm sure nobody would want to see everything here be lost and forgotten as time goes on.

p3ski
p3ski

This makes me so sad :( I used to love this game as a kid and had only recently re-discovered it. You created something truly special here and I will always remember Sleuth fondly. Wishing you all the best.

p3ski
p3ski

This makes me so sad :( I used to love this game as a kid and had only recently re-discovered it. You created something truly special here and I will always remember Sleuth fondly. Wishing you all the best.

Lucius Iroquois Plissken
Lucius Iroquois Plissken

Hello darkness my old friend...

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