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Flash Portal History: 2006

January

The year started off with seventh episodes of several long-standing series, such as Xombie 7, Salad Fingers 7 and Another Day 7!

Bug got on a lot of radars with "The REAL Eggman" but a lot of the rising talent this month were the up and coming game developers! NG regulars Kenney and jmtb02 pleased players with "Jack Russell" and "Ball Revamped 4", respectively. We were also introduced to "gogo Happy & Smile" (inspired by Alien Hominid and Metal Slug) and "Ninjaman!", a fun hack and slash platformer.

  • Ninjaman!
    Ninjaman! by Adam-phoenix

    Ninjaman, the best 2D action platformer for your ninja-slicing entertainment!

    Score
    3.83 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,093,891 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • gogo Happy & Smile
    gogo Happy & Smile by HAPPYandSMILE

    Play as a cat or rabbit and take on some nasty bears! Inspired by Alien Hominid and Metal Slug!

    Score
    4.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,987,888 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Ball Revamped 4
    Ball Revamped 4 by jmtb02

    100 painfully addicting levels of ball juggling action!

    Score
    4.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    428,801 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Jack Russell
    Jack Russell by Kenney

    Lead our Jack Russell to his food!

    Score
    3.49 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    509,859 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

February

Egoraptor blew up the spot with the hilarious "Metal Gear Awesome." I showcased MGA in an appearance on G4's Attack of the Show and the cartoon ultimately landed Egoraptor a job with MTV!

Lemon Demon Music continued to reign with "Geek's in Love", just in time for Valentine's Day!

"Sonic Breaks His Neck" is one of my favorite movies on NG, it's another one of those movies that just captures what NG has always been about.

Weasel released the first "Thing Thing Arena", which was sort of a mix between Gel's Wink character and Madness Interactive. The series really came into its own and has become a classic in its own right!

"Warbears" showed the potential for some seriously quality Flash puzzling, while the "McDonald's Videogame" proved that games with serious social undertones can be both fun and informative, while making an impact in the real world.

  • Metal Gear Awesome
    Metal Gear Awesome by Egoraptor

    Metal Gear is Awesome and so is this movie.

    Score
    4.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    7,271,780 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Geeks In Love
    Geeks In Love by TmsT

    A geeky Valentine's Day gift from TmsT animation and Lemon Demon music!

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    757,978 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Sonic Breaks his Neck
    Sonic Breaks his Neck by Splapp-me-do

    Oh dear. Sonic has broken his neck, and Eggman is taking full advantage of it.

    Score
    3.90 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    780,934 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Thing-Thing Arena
    Thing-Thing Arena by Weasel

    Thing-Thing Arena features chaotic gun battles and world wide high score tables!

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,652,443 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Warbears
    Warbears by ioji

    Use your brain to complete the mission in this action puzzle game!

    Score
    4.20 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,116,056 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • McDonald's videogame
    McDonald's videogame by molleindustria

    A business sim about the infamous corporation!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,005,074 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

March

John Su, previously known for the hit "Final Fantasy A+", continued to hone his skills with the animation spectacle, "Shoo Fly."

"Red Riding Hood" was a dark re-telling of the classic tale and "Say Something!" was rtil's response to annoying banner ads. Rtil's work was starting to shed some positive light on the Star Syndicate, which was largely associated with crappy submissions.

"Fancy Pants Adventure" was a big day for Flash gaming, in my opinion, having introduced a fresh, original platformer with tons of quality and charm. I showcased it in an appearnce on G4's Attack of the Show, the same as I had with "Metal Gear Awesome."

Murloc RPG was another big game this month, winning the hearts of World of Warcraft fans the world over. Blizzard even featured it on the official WoW site! Afro-Ninja's "Territory WAR" rounded out the great games for this month, bringing hot Worms-style gameplay to the web.

The site caught "Snakes on a Plane" fever this month and a collection page was born as a result.

  • Shoo Fly
    Shoo Fly by Mousekliks

    A brief minute of an intense encounter with a stray fly.

    Score
    4.39 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,057,727 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Red Riding Hood
    Red Riding Hood by Granfaloon

    Dark version of the classic fairy tale. Beeeeautiful visuals.

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,197,390 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Say Something!
    Say Something! by rtil

    Wow, I sure do love those smileys! Don't you?

    Score
    4.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    486,097 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Fancy Pants Adventures
    Fancy Pants Adventures by DrNeroCF

    This could very well be the best Flash platformer yet!

    Score
    4.36 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,993,457 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Murloc RPG
    Murloc RPG by un-mediocre

    Play the role of a Murloc from WoW in this totally realized Flash RPG!

    Score
    4.28 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,976,434 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Territory WAR
    Territory WAR by Afro-Ninja

    Worms-themed battle game. Be the last team standing!

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,388,334 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • flash_303638_medium
    Snakes on a Plane I'm sick and tired of these mutherf'ing snakes on this mutherf'ing site!

April

Just when I thought there was no room left for more Mario movies, "The People's Mario" came along and proved to be one of the best Mario movies ever.

"Four Second Fury" brought the Warioware craze to NG, with rapid-fire mini game action.

The big moment this month was the first ever Pico Day! People sometimes ask "What do you get for the guy who has it all?" For me, Pico Day is the answer. I felt like a kid at Christmas, unwrapping presents all day. I also gushed on the forums.

  • The People's Mario
    The People's Mario by Celarent

    Based on the rumor that Mario contains communist propaganda.

    Score
    4.43 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,281,836 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Four Second Fury
    Four Second Fury by jmtb02

    Addicting microgames each in four seconds or less! It's like WarioWare!

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    402,219 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

May

The May issue of Wired finally gave Newgrounds some props, stating, "The largest collection of Flash animation on the Net, Newgrounds hosts nearly 80 animated serials, hundreds of cartoons and dozens of themed collections."

The reality was that we host thousands of cartoons and hundreds of themed collections, but it was nice to finally get some acknowledgement. I was tired of seeing YouTube and Myspace get their asses licked.

Adam Phillips continued to reign supreme with his submission of "The YuYu."

Bug proved there was still room for MORE Mario movies after "The People's Mario", and gave another boost of legitimacy to the Star Syndicate.

The long-awaited sequel to Johnny Rocketfingers was submitted this month and was a HUGE hit, as well as a huge controversy. There was protest that the programmer, NegativeOne, was not given co-author credit. The reason was that Ryan was the creator, writer and artist behind the series, and didn't view NegativeOne as being an "Author" of the game. It was unfortunate, because people work their butts off to get that co-author plug on NG. This is a flaw with the credits system that we will address. JR2 is still an amazing game that everyone should play.

The Lock Legion showed power in numbers, with their annual Lock Day celebration!

  • the YuYu
    the YuYu by chluaid

    Bitey flees from the menacing YuYu cloud!

    Score
    4.41 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    3,410,327 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Johnny Rocketfingers 2
    Johnny Rocketfingers 2 by vastcool

    The sequel to Johnny Rocketfingers!

    Score
    4.30 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,553,811 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

June

Noogai brought every Flash author's worst nightmare to life with "Animator vs. Animation", which went on to be a massive hit.

Logo had some decent success with the first episode of his "TooF" series, which went on to develop quite a fan following as a series, as well as a good number of haters, from the Star Syndicate in particular.

Pixeljam made their debut with the amazingly awesome "Gamma Bros", which remains one of my favorite games on NG. Gamme Bros went on to be a finalist in the 2007 Independent Games Festival, so I got to meet Miles and Rich.

June was a big month for NG, with the premier of "TANKMEN" by our own Jeff Bandelin. Jeff had won our Opie and Anthony contest in 2004 and joined the staff in October of 2005.

Jeff also made the art for "K-Fed: Dancing with Fire", where I did the programming and Stamper made the music and other bells and whistles. It was one of our proudest achievements thus far; a really polished game where you knock off K-Fed's head and piss on it.

We also wrapped up a contest this month to promote the movie Stagknight, the winner being "Staggy", a frantically fun game of slicing up boyscouts.

  • Animator vs. Animation
    Animator vs. Animation by noogai

    It's a struggle between a stick figure and his creator, using items on the Flash toolbar!

    Score
    4.37 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,762,111 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • TooF Bad Breath
    TooF Bad Breath by Logo

    This poor TooF never saw it coming...

    Score
    3.78 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    80,164 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Gamma Bros
    Gamma Bros by pixeljamgames

    Neo-Retro space shooter akin to Galaga and Robotron. I've added this one to my favorites!

    Score
    4.21 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    545,586 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • TANKMEN
    TANKMEN by JohnnyUtah

    In the year 20XX, the world has been destroyed. All that remains are... These guys.

    Score
    4.41 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    2,549,926 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • K-FED: Dancing with Fire
    K-FED: Dancing with Fire by TomFulp

    Go ahead, knock his block off!

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,724,593 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Staggy
    Staggy by Bodhi

    Boyscouts are pwning your forest so you have no choice but to slay them all!

    Score
    4.19 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    696,751 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

July

Our pride continued to swell when Luis posted the results of his "NG Sketchbook Tour", where artists from the site were sent thick pieces of paper and asked to contribute a page. The end result was presented to me at Comic-Con and now resides in the NG office. Everyone else can view the on-line version!

"Phoenix Wrong" didn't win any daily or weekly awards, but spawned one of the most popular trends of the year, resulting in a massive collection of similar spoofs.

"Bozophilia" won Benjamin Wigmore some awards here on NG but also landed him as a finalist in the 2006 Bitfilm Festival in Germany!

I front paged "Truth About Masterbation" because I thought it was funny. A lot of people complained, but I like to remind everyone that NG is still all about fun.

If you want to see something hip and cool, check out "A Simple Line 8", one of the hippest and coolest collabs yet.

  • NG Sketchbook Tour 06
    NG Sketchbook Tour 06 by Luis

    A sketchbook that was distributed to artists across the globe is immortalized here!

    Score
    4.09 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    148,033 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Phoenix Wrong
    Phoenix Wrong by AshfordPride

    A rapid fire collection of Phoenix Wright parodies.

    Score
    4.29 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    886,157 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Bozophilia
    Bozophilia by High-Hopes

    The story of a clown...

    Score
    4.07 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    84,053 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Truth about Masturbation
    Truth about Masturbation by FatBadger

    Who needs sex, when you got this?

    Score
    1.84 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    801,105 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • A Simple Line 8
    A Simple Line 8 by Totty

    Featuring lotsof olskool NG members, this Flash is so hip it will make your eyes bleed!

    Score
    4.24 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    130,453 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

August

Rob DenBleyker made his triumphant return with episode six of his "Joe Zombie" series, a full three years after episode five.

"Throwback the Duck" proved to be one of the most ambitious series launches to date, with a pilot episode that serves as a prequel to the series to follow.

With "The Ultimate Showdown" being the biggest release of 2005, it was only a matter of time before someone made a really amazing spoof... "The Ultimate Orgy" managed to be that, and thensome.

We had a lot of great games this month. "Super Smash Flash" was a favorite among Smash Bros. fans, while EON's "Chaos Faction" managed to take some similar themes and do it up with new style. "wpnFire" was just pure run and gun bliss!

The fifth annual Clock Day was on August 15th and was the largest Clock Day yet, with around 300 worthwhile submissions being catalogued for that day.

  • Joe Zombie :: Episode 6
    Joe Zombie :: Episode 6 by Rob-D

    Dudes are out hunting Joe Zombie, but Joe Zombie is ready for a fight!

    Score
    4.34 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    522,821 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • Throwback the Duck Ep. 0
    Throwback the Duck Ep. 0 by David-Gornoski

    In 1985, a young duck rises to the call to become the next great Nintendo icon.

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    156,144 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • The Ultimate Orgy
    The Ultimate Orgy by NotSafeForWork

    An X-rated parody of "The Ultimate Showdown" in which the combatants make love, not war.

    Score
    4.22 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    8,824,172 Views
    Rated
    Adults Only
  • Super Smash Flash
    Super Smash Flash by Cleod-9

    An amazing sprite clone of Super Smash Bros. Melee!

    Score
    4.18 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    12,607,406 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Chaos Faction
    Chaos Faction by EON

    29 weapons, 18 characters, 15 levels, 1 game...

    Score
    4.27 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,888,681 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • wpnFire
    wpnFire by Tekkan

    Use explosives, automatic weapons and whatever else it takes to kill anything in your way.

    Score
    4.23 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,277,434 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+

September

Steve Irwin, the infamous Crocodile Hunter, died this month. We received a variety of submissions, ranging from tributes to parodies. In remembrance, I'll stick with one of the most positive submissions, "Croc Heaven."

ZekeySpaceyLizard introduced "Squaresville" to the Portal, propelling himself further towards Flash stardom and putting another notch in the belt of the Star Syndicate.

Gary Brolsma returned to NG with "New Numa", a commercialized follow-up to the original classic that premiered on NG in 2004 and went on to be one of the biggest viral videos in the history of the Internet. The sequel wasn't as well received, but it was still fun to see Gary again and we wish him the best!

PsychoGoldfish started showing off his new engine for on-line multiplayer games, with the release of "Mini-Putt Online!"

  • Steve Irwin: Croc Heaven
    Steve Irwin: Croc Heaven by HumbleEgo

    A tribute to a man whose enthusiasm for life inspired us all.

    Score
    4.25 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    321,581 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Squaresville
    Squaresville by ZekeySpaceyLizard

    Welcome to Squaresville. Home of all quadrilateral creatures.

    Score
    4.32 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    102,233 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • New Numa
    New Numa by Gman250

    Two years later, Gary returns for another Numa video!

    Score
    3.63 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    629,784 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • MoreLikeBlue
    MoreLikeBlue by Gobi

    The crazy blue webcomic comes to flash!

    Score
    4.34 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    101,824 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+
  • Jive Machine
    Jive Machine by BlueHippo

    Ever wanted a real life fat kid dance puppet?

    Score
    3.74 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    2,500,920 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • BR's Climate Chaos
    BR's Climate Chaos by The-Super-Flash-Bros

    A 3D adventure from The Super Flash Bros. You NEED to play this!

    Score
    4.17 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    518,131 Views
    Rated
    Everyone
  • Men's Wearhouse Volume 1
    Men's Wearhouse Volume 1 by Starberry

    You're gonna like the way you look, I guarantee it.

    Score
    4.03 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    76,432 Views
    Rated
    Ages 17+
  • flash_346794_medium
    Daily Day 3 October 30th, 2006 brought us the third SS Daily Day!
  • TSAH2
    TSAH2 by The-Super-Flash-Bros

    Theres Something About Halo 2! Five artists join forces to make the ultimate Halo cartoon.

    Score
    4.38 / 5.00
    Type
    Movie
    Popularity
    1,124,075 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+