Waffle Boy's Mountain Adventure (found online Flash game; 2004)
Screenshot of the game.
Date found: 23 Apr 2021
Found by: Flashpoint
Waffle Boy's Mountain Adventure was a browser game developed by Smashing Ideas and published by Postopia in 2004.
The sequel, Waffle Boy's Jungle Adventure, was reuploaded to and spread between a number of other game websites. As such, it is still available and has shrouded its predecessor. For a while, only Jungle Adventure was available to the general public.
While Waffle Boy's Mountain Adventure had been available for many years, it eventually became lost. One potential reason why this game may not have been as prevalent on other game websites (in contrast to its sequel, Waffle Boy's Jungle Adventure) is that it required multiple external Flash Movie and XML files, and took a greater effort to copy.
Brian Burke, the CEO of Smashing Ideas, was asked about the game on LinkedIn. Burke explained that only the client (Kraft) would possess game files, and Smashing Ideas no longer had files for any games dating this far back.
Wayback Machine only made a partial capture of the necessary files, and the game was unplayable. In 2019, LMW user Mordax modified the Wayback Machine capture into a partially playable state and curated it to BlueMaxima's Flashpoint. Flashpoint is an archive with thousands of Flash animations and games. It was created with the goal of preserving browser games after Flash was discontinued in early 2021.
In a unique scenario, while a number of the original files remained lost, the game retained partial functionality due in part to the efforts of Mordax, Flashpoint and the community. However, the partially found game was not an ideal playback experience, with missing cutscenes, minigames, menus and functionality.
On April 23rd, 2021, the game files were shared in the Flashpoint Discord server by its programmer, Rob Chapple, who had backed it up for portfolio reasons. The game was added to BlueMaxima's Flashpoint.
- The list of games playable on Flashpoint, including Waffle Boy's Mountain Adventure. Retrieved 28 Feb '21
- Link to the source code of the recreated files. Retrieved 26 Apr '21