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Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style


Modern Web-building technologies allow designers to realize their most daring and creative ideas. Enhanced interactivity and a remarkable visual appearance can be achieved by means of such tools as Flash, JavaScript and Papervision3D, to name just a few. These strengths usually impress and entertain visitors and thus are often used for conceptual artistic presentations and promotional campaigns.

In this post, you’ll find a collection of amusing websites that, by combining unconventional (and sometimes bizarre) ideas and clever JavaScript and Flash effects, will entice you to play on them for an embarrassing long time.

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Record Tripping
Record Tripping is a nifty experimental game by Bell Brothers. You are invited to solve a series of puzzles by scratching a record with your mouse’s scroll wheel. Clever game play and a lovely interface make this online Flash game as fun as it is weird.


Echogenesis is another interactive brainchild of Bell Brothers. This exciting Flash website lets you explore five natural environments and experience a variety of sound and visual effects through your interaction.


This fun and well-developed Flash application lets you conduct a beatbox or a capella band. The website is available in both English and French.


De Montagetafel
This website was definitely among the best for Flash Web design for 2009. You are invited to try your montage skills and create your own documentary on an edgy topic.


Optus Whale Song
An amazingly creative experience is offered by the Australian telecommunication company Optus on its official website. You can compose a song for a whale and make an orchestra perform it. This is a must-see Flash website.


If you like to create things, this website will keep you busy for hours (especially in winter). Using a versatile Flash editor, you can compile your very own snowflake and watch it dance in an artistic snowfall.


Blues Maker
Blues Maker is a fun online Flash application that allows you to create a fine blues song. The list of options is rather limited; still the process of song-making is quite enjoyable. The design of the website is really cool, too.


Bubole will definitely make you smile. It is an amusing monster builder and game. You create a weirdo and make it fight with monsters created by other players. The funny sound effects and typography are nice touches.


Ball Pool (not Flash)
Ball Pool is a beautiful jQuery website with a simple yet absorbing concept behind it. Just click and shake your browser to generate more colorful balls. A simple and fun app to cheer you up in the middle of a working day.


Bank of Imagination
How often do you start sentences with “What if…”? If you have a rich imagination, consider investing in the Bank of Imagination. This Flash-based interactive website allows you to note and save your “What if” thoughts. You can also observe other global flights of fancy by browsing other user messages.


Google Gravity
This website probably won’t be of much interest to the average Web user, but SEO specialists will love it: who else could stare at Google’s downfall for ages?


Flame is a brilliant JavaScript painting tool that proves that anyone can be an artist. The program was created by Peter Blaskovic as part of his experimental project “I am Artist.” Using a number of nifty drawing tools and, of course, your imagination, you can create some cool psychedelic drawings and then export them in a resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels. All you need to use this tool is Java (probably already installed on your computer).


Ball Droppings
Ball Droppings is a cool JavaScript experiment that lets you create music in a quite unusual and tricky way: just draw lines with your mouse to bounce the balls that fall from the hole.


This is the pearl in our collection of bizarre JavaScript and Flash websites. Who would have thought that crushing little screaming beans could be so much fun?


Labuat is the most beautiful and enjoyable time-killer in our selection. It’s a song illustrated by an interactive brush that reacts to music, and the lyrics won’t leave you cold.


Why Do You Stay Up So Late?
Why Do You Stay Up So Late? is a compelling lyrical poem accompanied by a beautiful Flash animation. Such a creative combo gives the website a special feel.


The Infinite Oz
The Infinite Oz is an interactive Flash animation that features a collaboration between nine acclaimed international artists. Exploring fantastic sci-fi worlds that replace each other infinitely is a quite relaxing pastime.


Annamika kaleidoscope
Catherine Hubert created this Flash kaleidoscope to provide Web users with a place for meditative contemplation.


Neon Bible
This interactive video for a song by Arcade Fire is weird and hypnotizing at the same time.


Soundtrack for a Book
This exquisite Flash website belongs to the Singapore-based indie band Concave Scream. A myriad of colorful particles assembled into 3-D book covers, set to dreamy music, makes for a beautiful and calming Web experience.

Before entering the official website of open-source Flash framework Papervision3D, you have a chance to explore an interactive 3-D underwater environment.


The portfolio of creative communication agency Condiment features a clever JavaScript jigsaw puzzle. This engaging feature, set against a neat and stylish design, makes the website a pleasure to browse.


Bio-Bak is indubitably a trendsetter when it comes to bizarre Web design. Enter this kingdom of the absurd and fun to load up on positive emotions.


Donnie Darko
Okay, here is the most extraordinary movie website you may have ever seen. It engrosses you in a mysterious and suspenseful journey based on the 2001 US psychological thriller Donnie Darko.


Paul Neave
You will never get bored on this website. This online home of interactive designer Paul Neave is a fount of engaging Flash applications and games.


Salt Films
This website of film production company Salt Films tastes delicious. Elegant and funky graphics, creative animation and interactive salt shakers for the work of film directors deliver the most pleasing Web experience.


Forgotten Bookmarks

Browsing personal things a bookshop owner finds in rare and used books is another way to explore the amazing human nature (and an extremely absorbing pastime).


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Julia May is a freelance copywriter and digital marketing consultant who's been helping great teams (TemplateMonster, MotoCMS, Onyx) implement great ideas since 2009.

  1. 1

    Wanna kill time…with or without style: StumbleUpon

  2. 2

    Thanks Julia, great ideas! i got one, an interactive map game, fly in, fly out…

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    Manmohanjit Singh

    May 25, 2010 8:33 am

    Tell me about it.

  5. 7

    I thank you. My boss…Not so much.

  6. 8

    Allan Rwakatungu

    May 25, 2010 9:13 am


  7. 9

    Awesome man!!!! Only SmashingMagazine can give this.

    Love the ‘google gravity’.

  8. 10

    Awesome selection, you guys rock when it comes to amazing creative content.

  9. 11

    ‘Sounds of Hamburg’ is amazing! Kudos to whomever put that together

  10. 12

    This is also a really great site –

  11. 13

    I’m not fan of flash, but these interactive sites are wonderfull.

    That, who are speaking that flash is old technology just don’t know anything about web.

    Great websites, bookmarked.

    • 14

      “these interactive sites are wonderfull” sure sounds like your a fan, I wanna see html5 do this

      • 15

        HTML5 is something completely different from Flash.

        You can never think of doing such things with HTML5…

    • 16

      HTML5 could never do these things. Even for video alone Flash can still do more than HTML5.

      And with the people that say Flash is old tech, as you say, they dont know anything about it.
      Flash is updated FAR more often with new features in comparison to HTML, and HTML has been around way longer… so by these peoples own reasoning, HTML5 must be ancient and totally obsolete.

  12. 17

    hahah pretty awesome! Love it. Thanks for this, I’ll try to kill some time at home not at work :D

  13. 18

    there goes the economy… ;o

  14. 19

    So creative and well designed

  15. 20

    i spend time here:

    another junk/info site.

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    very good article
    new ideas and great ideas

    although i`m not a flash fan too

    • 22

      So people like you like this sort of stuff – which can only be done with Flash. Yet you’re not a fan of Flash?

      Over 70% of the most visited sites on the web use Flash, and sites like Youtube/Vimeo would have never of existed without it. Or pretty much all of the most creative websites like these examples.
      But you dont like Flash. That makes sense.

  17. 23

    Oh wow, very nice, very very nice.

  18. 24

    I can’t believe you forgot ‘Feed The Head’.

  19. 25

    If you like Tinman Oz, Zoom Quilt is also very cool.

  20. 26

    Cool sites….hate flash – clogs my PPC G5 Tower. Plus, I couldn’t get a few of these sites to load – at all. Oh well… I’m sure they’re cool.

    • 27

      Yeah! My Spectrum ZX and Intel 66MHz PC from 1993 wont run Flash either! So therefore i hate Flash!

      My decade old Mac wont run HD videos smoothly and runs at 100% CPU load! I hate HD!!

      Also my collection or records and tapes wont play on these new fangled MP3 players! Why not! I hate MP3 players!!!

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    wicked!!! too much fun will tell everyone I know

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    I hates DX11, my Atari couldnt load it.

  23. 30

    Samarost 1 from Amanita Design (a Czech Flash game developer team) must easily rate up there with the ones you’ve included:

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    Great list! But how could you forget Pekka Sandborg’s Ragdoll. I must have wasted days in total just tossing the ragdoll around. This would be the predecessor of the Google Gravity mentioned above.

    • 32

      I would agree. the Ragdoll was a big time waster for me a few years back.

  25. 33

    interesting article!

  26. 34

    Amazing stuff! love it

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    the last one was sooooooooooo amazing!!!!

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    Muralidhar Bhat

    May 25, 2010 10:45 pm

    Nice collection of sites, I really liked Google gravity- fall down and Lubat – the song website.

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    Haha! Good one. Just imagine, having time to kill. And here’s we’re trying to figure out how to find more time to work. But really nice links and awesome flash work.

    ~~ Sarah ~~

  30. 38

    Good collection, thank you.


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