Yahoo! Games

Yahoo! Games
Type of site
Owner Yahoo!
Created by Yahoo!
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched March 31, 1998 (1998-03-31)[1][2]
Current status Defunct (May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13))

Yahoo Games was a section of the Yahoo! website in which Yahoo users could play games either with other users or by themselves. The majority of Yahoo Games were closed down on 31 March 2014 and the balance were closed on 9 February 2016.[3] Yahoo announced that "changes in supporting technologies and increased security requirements for our own Yahoo web pages, made it impossible to keep the games running safely and securely".[4] It was then announced by Yahoo! that its Games section would be dissolved completely on May 13, 2016.[5]


The games on the web site were typically Java applets or quick Flash games, although some titles required a local download. Many of the games that required a download contained TryMedia Adware.[6] Yahoo Games also included Yahoo Video Games, which provides news, previews, and reviews of currently available or upcoming First Party games–and Yahoo Games on Demand–which provided free demos and full-size downloads of full PC games for a charge.

The site featured an "All Star" system for users, in which a user could pay to get an All Star username. All Star users were able to get extra privileges on Yahoo Games sites such as disabling pop-up ads. All Star users did not have playable games without downloading.

Yahoo Games was built on Yahoo!'s acquisition of (created by Internet entrepreneur Joel Comm and programmer Eron Jokipii) in 1997. [7] The last used Yahoo Video Games section of the site was formerly known as Games Domain, from back when Yahoo! acquired the web site in 2003. As of May 14, 2016, Yahoo Games held over 1,400 games, most of which were developed externally.


Board games

Playable online (PO), Downloadable (D), Mobile (M), Skill (S)

  • Jigsaw: Landscapes D
  • Jigsaw: Medley D
  • Jigsaw: Pet D
  • car games
  • Literati PO
  • Luxor Mahjong D
  • Mah Jong PO
  • Mah Jong Adventures D
  • Mah Jong Garden D
  • Mah Jong Jade Expedition D
  • Mah Jong Medly D, PO
  • Mah Jong Towers Eternity D, PO
  • Mah-Jomino D
  • Mahjong Escape D, PO
  • Mahjong Match D
  • Mahjong Treasure S
  • Mahjong Fortuna S
  • Midas Mahjong S
  • Monopoly 3 D
  • Naval Command PO
  • Poker Pop D, PO
  • Reversi PO
  • Saints and Sinners Bingo D, PO
  • Sudoko: Latin Squares D
  • Super Mah Jong D
  • Word Slinger D

Up until March 2014, Yahoo! Games included a popular Internet chess server. Ten years earlier, in 2004, James Eade had recommended Yahoo Chess as the best of Internet chess, writing that "action is to be found there at all times".[8] Yahoo Chess differed from more contemporary Internet chess servers in its complete lack of oversight regarding user conduct or chess engine use.

Card games

Playable online (PO), Downloadable (D), Mobile (M), Skill (S)

  • Addiction Solitaire D, PO
  • Aloha Solitaire D, PO
  • Aloha TriPeaks D, PO
  • Ancient 4 in 1 GamePak D
  • Ancient Hearts and Spades D
  • Ancient Tri-Jong D
  • Ancient Tripeaks D
  • Blackjack PO
  • Canasta PO
  • Contract Bridge PO
  • Cribbage PO
  • Deuces Wild Video Poker PO

Other games

Playable online (PO), Downloadable (D), Mobile (M), Skill (S)

  • Tradewinds D
  • Tradewinds 2 D, PO
  • Tradewinds Legends D, PO

See also


  1. "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. "Yahoo Games Has Passed Away at Just 17 WIRED". Wired. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  3. Yahoo Games shuts down
  4. YGames News (2014-03-11). "State of the Yahoo! Multiplayer Parlor Games". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  5. Yahoo Games end-of-life FAQ - Yahoo! Inc.. Retrieved on 2016-04-10 from
  6. According to McAfee SiteAdvisor.
  7. Carlson, Nicholas (May 22, 2009). "Yahoo's Entire, Sorry Acquisition History". Business Insider.
  8. Eade, James (2004). The Chess Player's Bible: Illustrated Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Game.


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