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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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Jien
Jien

Thank you for this game. I am so sad to see it go. If there is any chance of it being transferred to another platform I hope there would be an announcement here or on the other sleuth page.

Kiki Greyson
Kiki Greyson

I played this game regularly since around 2006 (this character isn't my original character -- I'm just horrible at remembering passwords). I would end up doing a deep dive for about a month every year for 14 YEARS. I'm so sad to see you go. Thank you to every one that made both Shades and Noir. This is a hidden gem and y'all should be really proud of what you created.

Georgina Clements
Georgina Clements

Oh my gosh why :(Thank you to the creator of the game and I do hope that someday there will be a way for this game to return again :((( if only i can help in the conversion of the platform to another one. Anyway, this news is just heartbreaking.

Yashny
Yashny

A little late but if anyone here wants to continue playing just get Pale Moon browser and play =)

Kgyeah
Kgyeah

Yashny... And how are you supposed to play this game on Pale Moon as the flash game is down since January 1st 2021??
Only the noir version (text based) is available...

Scott Kramer
Scott Kramer

Shades of Mystery still works if you use CentBrowser on Windows. CentBrowser works with Flash games and restores them back as if Flash was never uninstalled. You may need to uninstall Flash if it is still on your computer for it to work properly.

If you've created an account I can confirm that casing still works to date.

Scott Kramer
Scott Kramer

Also @Kgyeah, the flash version of the game is not down. It just won't run properly unless you use a Chromium based browser like Pale Moon (forked off Firefox) or CentBrowser (forked off Chromium).

Georgina Clements
Georgina Clements

I downloaded pale moon but I still cannot play without the adobe flashplayer, what is the next step to do?

Georgina Clements
Georgina Clements

Hurrah, it worked on the CentBrowser. Thank you to the one who shared about it!!!! <3

Georgina Clements
Georgina Clements

Big thanks Scott Kramer

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