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Bits and Pieces   Lock this link...Send this link...
If you've not seen Mr.Noodlebox then you must be new to the web as it's been around for years, and still holds its own today. A follow-up has been a long time coming but it's here. The coding techniques and their visual results are a definite progression from the earlier work.

DS Emotion   Lock this link...Send this link...
Combining Flash and HTML in a way that is sadly lacking on the net these days, this Leeds agency puts out bold cut up colours, interactive 3D architecture and groovy music along with some excellent work in their client portfolio.

Vectorpark   Lock this link...Send this link...
Explorative fans of Safeplaces will find themselves at home here. On offer are two playground areas: the first a mystic dream-like land with many secrets to unravel to unlock hidden areas, and the other an addictive puzzler in which an understanding of balance is key.

Today   Lock this link...Send this link...
We don't see much Director work these days as Flash makes thinner files, and this is for the bandwidth - blessed. An assault to both ears and eyes, you get a chance to try your hand at VJ-ing. Select from a range of tracks and then mix, chop, rearrange and generally mess with the accompanying video.

WM Team   Lock this link...Send this link...
Exuding a sense of humour you don't usually see in an agency site, there's a real sense of fun here. A little sparse in terms of content it will nonetheless engage and bring a smile to the face of most visitors.

Three Color   Lock this link...Send this link...
A personal site featuring showcases of a wide range of Flash skills. Some clever masking on a series of photographic experiements, cut-up 3D shifting shapes and fully rendered 3D ninja bout are just a small selection of what's on offer.

Ecko   Lock this link...Send this link...
The original version of the Ecko site earned itself a Favourite last year, and the new site deserves similar attention. Taking a different design approach to the original, the range is again presented with style with crisp photography and clear layouts.

Tabas Tower   Lock this link...Send this link...
We're not even going to pretend that this is in any way unique, as you'll find it reminiscent of many things you will have seen before. However it's been a while since we've seen someone do the ABC or VolumeOne thing with such panache and style.

Lessrain   Lock this link...Send this link...
Well known for their first site Fish, Lessrain has reinvented itself. The theme is "invisible technology" and as such the site is deliberately minimal. Download and install their 'Eyes Only' screen saver and you'll soon discover there's more going on than you might think and it features an ingenious way of driving you back to the site again and again.

Steppenwolf   Lock this link...Send this link...
Remember the old Lucas Arts games like Monkey Island? Here we have it online, adventuring old-school style with superb scenery and animation that raises the bar on other Flash games. It's just a shame about the awful layout of the banner ads and other surrounding rubbish.

When I am King   Lock this link...Send this link...
No plugins, no fancy scripting, no hidden trickery. This site's hook is the simplicity of the execution and the charm of the illustration. An Egyptian setting plays backdrop to this strange story about a man and his camel, rendered using animated GIFs and thoughtful use of scrolling.

Seven   Lock this link...Send this link...
Finally, a Flash-based site using a font size that's not only attractive but also completely legible. An engaging navigation system offers up accomplished design work in the portfolio and attention to detail is evident throughout. Unusually, the site has a sense of humour, with great copy adding extra zest.

Practice Design   Lock this link...Send this link...
Excellent use of Flash throughout here from the hypnotic preloading sequences through to the amusing cut-scenes and the main interface itself. You'll also find some great work in the portfolio section and a chance to inspect the office toilets, should that be your thing.