The End... Until we meet again!

PTD Servers Shutting Down

The end is here.. PTD servers will be shutting down in the next few days and with that PTD (1/2/3) logging in/saving will no longer work.

The reality is that with Flash being disabled on most computers the small player base that was left was cut dramatically and so it cost more to keep the servers running than the game generates via ads/sales.

Another reality is that my own reality and the indie game environment has evolved throughout these years.

When I started PTD, I was a college dropout living in my parent's house. I had a girlfriend and I worked in a warehouse and while things were going okay, I longed to do more with my life to make something that many people would really like and that I could be proud of.

Along the way I meet Dan and we wanted to make games together.. that didn't really work out and we got burnt out after our first release (a game called eTheater). After that I still wanted to make games so I made a small mobile game and then I did PTD. I released it on the Android store (which was a lot smaller and less restrictions) and the game was a overnight hit.

I got kicked out of the Android store but PTD found life in the Web, as Flash game portals were a big thing at the time. I managed to quit my job and spend full time working on PTD and other games.

Along the way I tried to make many original games but never quite found success in that and so I kept coming back to PTD, making PTD2.

While all this was happening, the revenue of flash games was dropping dramatically and each year the game would make about half of what it did the year before. This forced me to get back into the corporate world and get an office job as a Software Developer. (Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE programming so having an office job is something I did enjoy and still do.)

So as the revenue in my games was going down, my success in my Developer career was going up and up.

I got married, some years later I had my son Caleb, I've gotten older and with that the need to create something that people would like and I could be proud of has been fulfilled.

I now need to focus on my family and my career which leave little to no time for making games.

On the subject of indie games I believe the quality of indie has risen a lot! What players expect for games to provide as far as graphics, music, story, features and gameplay is very challenging to create without a robust budget and team. While I can program as good as any of them out there (imo), I do fall short in all these other areas. I digress.

I'm glad we went on this journey together so... until we meet again! And as always.. let me know what you think!

P.S. I worked on one last game that I will release here shortly, a short time travel puzzle game that I hope you all can enjoy as my last present!

Comments

  1. I have played and finished all three of the PTD games (as far as possible for PTD3 haha). These games were generally a big part of my childhood and I really appreciate you for that. Hope your career goes well and wish you good luck in life!

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    1. Same
      This game is my childhood
      I mostly focused on PTD2 tho, but im still stacked on PTD1 and PTD3
      Thanks for my childhood
      Good to hear more about you
      Good luck Sam

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    2. Sam you can continue playing PTD with newgrounds I play there

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    3. also the same beat ptd 1 and 2 but not 3 yet. wish i could. wish I could sell my chromebook now. soooooooo bored :(

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  2. sad indeed i also loved this game, it's my childhood memory




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  3. Bro I've been around since the time that we were waiting for Sam to release the 2nd stage of Misty's Gym Battle in Chapter 2 of PTD1. It's been a wild journey. Thanks again Sam

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    1. Created my account today just to comment but it's been a pleasure :p

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  4. Sam, I started playing this game a long time ago (like 5-7 years ago) and when I started playing it, I instantly fell in love with the game! I played it when I could, but I couldn’t finish it because I had school and homework. I kinda forgot about you for a couple of years until this was published. This game is a part of my childhood and it saddens me to see it go, but you made your decision. Thank you Sam for building a part of my childhood

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  5. So what if we want to play this game anyway?

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  6. É uma pena esse adeus, PTD fez parte de minha juventude e jogo até hoje, foi uma boa época, poderiam vender os direitos desse jogo para outra pessoa que quisesse mudar o formato de swf para java ou outro compatível com a atualidade, clássicos nunca saem de moda, o que dificulta é a divulgação e influencias de pessoas próximas que também jogam

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    1. Sim mano.... muito triste, tbm fez parte da minha infancia e eu tbm jogo até hj, é uma peno, foi uma ótima época, espero que algum dia a gente possa jogar esse jogo dnv...

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  7. GG, Sam. Thank you so much for the games you’ve made - They really gave me hours and hours of fun.

    I hope that you move on to bigger and better things. Thank you for the memories.

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  8. Is there really no way to get our save files? That doesn't seem fair, especially to those who paid SnD coins in the past

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  9. Thank you for everything you did for us! From patiently waiting for updates to exciting new games, mystery codes and shiny grinds... This will always have a place in my heart! Good luck with all your future endeavours!

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  10. Oh Man
    Thank you a Lot for The Memories
    This game Was a part of my childhood thank you so much.
    I Will wait for your last Present.

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  11. it saddens me seeing ptd ending so soon.

    while old it still feels as if it were a brand-new creating from god himself.

    sadly, this means that it will be hard to impossible to play ptd without a emulator or sketchy site.

    it saddens me to the bone

    my dark

    teenage

    edgy

    bone

    that you stopped.
    but, might I wish you a excellent rest of your life, I will be hoping you might be able to reopen ptd servers overtime, but I doubt that will happen for awhile if ever.

    your games were truly one of the biggest part of my childhood


    it is sad 2021, heh, my childhood is dying, from curious george being banned (wtf) looney toons being banned (wtf) dr Seuss being banned (...why) finding out many of my childhood friends died of covid or suicide, so far, 2021 has been worse then hell for me.

    but

    at the very least

    I am glad

    that ONE of the biggest part of my childhood gone to a happy ending.

    I am not a hugger, I slap people who try to hug me.

    I wanna hug you through the screen, sam, but, please, promise me at least two things.

    1) if you are unable to continue the ptd thing with just you and dan, please try to find someone else to carry it on.

    2) have a happy rest of your life.

    that is my comment, with every bit of darkness comes light, with every bit of light comes darkness, no matter the person, this will always happen.

    have a good rest of your life, Sam


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    1. I forgot my account , I was in top 500 players hall of fame . I loved this game , so much memories with this game , thankyou sam.

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  12. Good old memories , started PTD when my computer was Potato PC no graphic card, was there when PTD1 Chapter 1 was released. Its been my favourite game to far

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  13. I think offline saves is possible, old versions of PTD1 used to be able to import and export saves

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  14. Thanks for creating this amazing game for the community and bring us joy

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  15. Thank you so much for all this memories. I will remember these PTD games for the rest of my life

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  16. What if we as a community pay to keep the servers open? How much would it be a month?

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    1. like 2b2t in the days before rusher and all the other youtube tourists came along? seems unlikely, but maybe - just maybe - the PTD community could come together and do this

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    2. I'd be up for it

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  17. rest in peace, ptd
    i enjoyed my time here

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  18. Sam, we as a community loved your games. Great job man, you did it. While not everyone will have kept playing them throughout the years, I’m sure that everyone who’s played it still remembers it. You did good, m8.

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  19. Thank you Sam, for PTD.
    Ptd was favourite game of all times.
    I wonder if you knew how we cloned the pokemon back in 2015 on ptd1 via trade :P
    greetings to all my old ptd friends out there, it was a time i´ll never forget

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    1. Hey!! Been a while. Nice to see a familiar name on this list.

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  20. I'm so sad now, mainly because I managed to download PTD on my phone two days ago and I was very happy because I love the game and I wanted to finish all 3 .... I really love these games ... I'm so sad now

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  21. NOOOOOOO ;-; I will really miss it

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  22. Thanks for the memories!!! ;)

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  23. Bueno como un jugador casi constante en estos mas de siete años que me cree mi primera cuenta y luego perdí mi cuenta .
    Luego cree otra y pues no era lo mismo pero al ver que habían creado ya el PTD2 y el 3 termine jugando el tres mas que nunca porque fue una de las mejores para mi porque la region hoeenn es la mas chevere.
    AL jugar varias veces estos juegos incluso me descargaba los pokemones semanales me senti como un verdadero estratega aunque no sea un juego oficial de pokemon y game freak .Bueno estoy divagando mucho
    AL ser uno de los pocos jugadores que lo siguieron hasta el fin y que no pudo pasar ninguno de los PTD ni el 1 ni el 2 ni el 3 porque me gustaba entrenar mas a los pokemones que pasar la historia pero igual jugaba mucho.
    DIcho esto felicito A sam y Dan por haber creado este gran juego .
    Y que les vaya bien en sus futuros proyectos
    DIos oiga mi rezo para que algún día se puedan abrir de nuevo los servidores de flash de PTD pero por mientras hay que decirle adiós pues hermanos este gran y fascinante juego que fue creado solo para ser probado pero que fue robando nuestros corazones y nuestro tiempo porque muchos en nuestra infancia pasábamos horas jugando.
    UN adios y un hasta que nos volvamos a encontrar a PTD y que la comunidad siga viendo los juegos de sam que vaya que se ven prometedores

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  24. Thanks for the memories, really enjoyed the games

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  25. I've had many fond memories of this game. I remember playing through the first Pokémon Tower Defense for hours, just enjoying catching Pokémon and progressing the game. I'm very glad that these games existed for a time, and I also got a chance to revisit them in a new light with my Professor Oak Challenges of the games. Thank you for all the memories Sam, and I'm excited to see what your future endeavors entail.

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  26. PTD is one of my favorite flash games ever made, and I will cherish my memories even if the game is no longer with us. Unfortunately for me, I was never able to finish any of these games since they were always too hard for me, but I did get pretty far IMO. Can't remember how far I got in PTD1, I think I was somewhere near cinnabar and Blaine. In PTD2 I got to the point you have to time travel and beat the league, but it was too hard. Can't remember where I got to in PTD3 at all, that was unfortunately the most forgettable one out of the three.
    Anyway what I was trying to say was: we've loved this game but we understand that it has to come to an end, thanks for everything Sam.

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  27. its sad this game is gonna get shut down..
    im gonna miss this game a lot since i used to play it as a kid to now it was my childhood game its sad to see it go :c

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  28. Bro i legit cannot tell you how sad this makes me. i've been playing PTD for almost 6 years now and I always found myself coming back to it. Ever since flash was disabled i always wondered how much longer PTD would last but I'm happy i was a part of the journey!

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  29. It has been a nice honor playing PTD all these years. Thanks for keeping me interested in the game. While it's sad to be moving on, I won't forget the times that I have been playing the game. I wish you the best of luck with your family life and career. Thanks for everything.

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  30. Sam I love your PTD (1,2 and 3) games so so so much! I'm sad to hear these news as these games were also all part of my childhood, been playing PTD1 since 2011. Is there no way you could sell it to someone who could manage the game? Or another option where we can still play this nostalgic game? All the best and thank you for the wonderful memories.

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  31. Sam, is there any way you can release the code for the server so the remaining fans can keep the dream alive? Or is there some way of allowing players to save their data locally? I have so many memories in that game, so much grinding.. It would be a shame to let it all go to waste :/ I've been saving all the flash games I can to my computer, but that does nothing for an online only game like this, what can I do to make this happen?

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    1. Localizing this content just became my most important task, this game was just as or MORE important to me then bloons in my early internet years, this is literally a core memory of my time on the internet..

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  32. please don't end PTD Sam I grew up playing these games and i want to keep playing we all loved these games. I have a feeling your live will work out, good luck. but please don't end all these memories its been a goal of mine to beat all three games and im almost there please Sam don't shut these games down

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    1. If you do end PTD for good thank you for everything and I hope your live goes well. I thank you for all the memories, the friends ive made along the way, and finally for making one of the best Pokemon inspired game ive ever played.

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    2. I guess this means my trades will never be completed but what ever no one trades anymore anyway

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  33. On the PTD official discord this guy named Psy guy (Troll God 9000 on fandom and ranked #1 on fandom) says he can somehow keep your saves running for a dollar

    Not sure if this is a scam, so if your gonna do it, do it at your own risk

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  34. Hey Sam. I don't think I have looked at your blog in 7 or 8 years. I used to look at it nearly everyday when I was a kid. I remember it confused me in school, because you released updates like 1.2.33.5, and I thought that was how decimal places worked in math because of that. I had a lot of memorable moments not just with this game, but with the people around this game. I remember finding it and playing the hell out of it. I would wait for each update to come out, and while waiting would fill my Pokedex completely, as in catch everything available, and shiny hunt while waiting for the next update. I played this game with my older brother a lot. We would trade often, compare Pokemon. It was a lot of fun. I played it with him when we were stuck in a tornado warning at a hotel in St. Louis. I put it down, then came back to it my senior year of high school when a buddy of mine found it. I saw PTD2 was out, and played the hell out of that, this was about three years ago. Thanks Sam.

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  35. Thanks for making such amazing games, I remember when Route 8 came out I stayed up all night trying to catch an Eevee. When PTD 2 came out I couldn't believe it, it seriously made my mind explode. I never had much money for anything growing up (I didn't play a Pokémon game legitimately until I was 19) so this was the best I had, and I can safely say I wouldn't change it for the world. It's sad to see this go, but I'm happy I got to be here along the way, thank you thank you thank you. <3

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  36. Thanks for all the memories, Sam. Good to hear you have a clear focus in life, and it's amazing that you managed overcome your own challenges.

    - Until we meet again!

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  37. Glad you have a real job now best of luck you could not continue this anymore at least this story has a happy ending.

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  38. You were a huge part of my childhood and I'm glad to have seen you grow as a person and as a developer over the years. Thank you for the memories and best of luck with your future endeavors!

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    1. Bruh who needs to unpause their printer at a blog about PTD servers?

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  40. It makes me sad that, this game is what maked me to know the Pokemon franchise, and being my favorite childhood game, I couldn't finish not even one of these games, though I understand that things need to move on.
    This game was an inspiration for me to playing games, and even programming.
    Thank you Sam for making this beautiful game, and good bye to PTD.

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  41. Was good while lasted... Thanks for do my childhood. ^ ^

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  42. Plot twist:
    The servers were going to "shut down" on April 1st
    and then on April 2nd Sam reveals it was an april fools day prank
    Man i wish this is what actually happens

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  43. Awww man. I just come here for nostalgia, not for crying :"(

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  44. Thank you for endless great hours of fun. Have come back many times since playing these games for the first time, and I am so happy for your hard work. Best of luck with your future endeavors and life in genereal

    Adam

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  45. Thank you for the memories and everything

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  47. Damn. This plays a huge part of my childhood and I'm sad to finally see it shut down for good. Just recently, I played a modded version of PTD 1 just for the nostalgia.

    The first time I played it, I just literary created a random name, not an email, and gibberish password cuz I don't know what I'm doing. This causes a huge consequence a few months later when I accidentally logged out! And now I'm unable to log back in. I'm forced to create a new account and them everything went smoothly. Got a couple of shinies, shadows, rares and legendaries.

    Good luck in your future job and life and Farewell, oldest friend.

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  48. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to take a screenshot of my Pokemon collection before Pokemon Center shuts down.

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  49. Thank you for the memories and everything

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  50. https://picuki69.blogspot.com/

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  51. I can't believe it came to an end. Its been years since I've been playing this game. So much memories of this game. Not only the game but the people who I have met and interact with that have help build my collection and not just my collection but the collection of others that I have helped with in the game. It was all fun times I really enjoyed. :'(

    samO, it was an honor of you to create PTD1,2,3. I remember meeting you in avatar chat in your Bulbasaur Avatar lol. I swear, avatar chat was kind of mayhem in there especially the m16 era ,the attack of the Satoshi clones, and lots and lots of spammers lmfao.

    Ever since PTD2 came out I was actually grinding/hunting a lot for shines/shadows especially in the breeding center. Man good times but exhausting lol.

    In the end I made it to the HoF and I want to also thanks to the people who I met in varies chat to help me achieve to be in the HoF. I miss my old buddies and I'm going to miss you too samO.

    Let us not forget the time when PTD2 was invaded by a swarm of Bidoofs. Man that was a good April fools joke. lol!!

    Sam, I hope you and your family have a great life. Thanks for putting a lot of years of hard effort for this game. We're going to miss you friend. Thank you and farewell!

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  53. What about all the money I paid nigga

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  54. There isn't enough words and time for me to express all the gratitude I have for you Sam! I've been playing PTD from 2011 when I was 7 years old (this was my first Pokemon Game before Pokemon Black and PTD 2) and remember checking the site every week for the next chapter to be released to play more of this game. I'm now 17 years old (still a Pokémon enthusiast) and have returned to this site several years later to catchup on childhood memories but I'm saddened to see that my childhood game of joy has been stopped. It is hard to see my favourite computer game of all time being discontinued. I wish you all the best in life and your career Sam and I thank you for helping to form part of who I am today - you are a big reason why I still love Pokémon and this game will always be in my heart along with all the grinding I did. Username - (Sero7012 and Sero8012) 😭 when I didn't have an email I used yours to make an account as a kid.

    I have now become a monetised YouTuber and it would be a dream come true for the developer of my favourite computer game ever to check out my channel - Kaleido Vids. This is what one of your biggest fans has accomplished.

    Goodbye Sam,

    Imran Cummings

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  55. Wow, I just randomly got in the mood to play Pokemon TD for the first time in a while, and I realized "OH GOD, FLASH DIED MONTHS AGO"

    So yeah.. rip, pokemon TD is gone too.

    I think it's nice that you let us have a peek into your life situation and I'm glad to hear things are going well for you.

    If there is no longer any monetary incentive to run pokemon TD (in fact, there is a negative monetary incentive), do you think you could release the game as a github repo so that we can enjoy your game locally?

    I think your work with Pokemon TD would be considered one of the all time greats of internet Flash games, and it deserves to be preserved as piece of internet culture. Over 1000 flash games were preserved and archived before the end of Flash. There's no doubt that Pokemon TD is in the top 1000, in all honesty, it's probably in the top 25 of most important flash games ever produced.


    Please don't let your hard work fade away to history.

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    1. lol ooh, nevermind, I'm an idiot. I just realized you actually already have download links for your games.

      Well, if you ever decide to take down this website, be sure to use a free github repo for posting the downloads.

      Best of luck to you Sam and Dan!

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