3D Groove Games (partially found online games; 1998-2009)


3D Groove Games
3D Groove's logo.
3D Groove's logo.
Status Partially Found

3D Groove was a 3D game engine that was active between 1998 and 2009, with it's peak occurring in the early to mid-2000s. Many 3D Groove games were lost when 3D Groove's site shut down in 2009.

The 3D Groove engine was created by the company The 3D Groove Alliance, Inc. While the 3D Groove Alliance developed their own original games, their main focus was to develop games to advertise various toys, movies, and cartoons. 3D Groove's Advergames would be developed at the request of a company for one of it's brands, such as Radio Shack, At&T, Intel, Pringles, etc.

These games could be played online with a web browser plugin, but often there was a more fully featured version of the same game which could be purchased and played offline. The games were licensed royalty-free and non-exclusively, and the game would need to be removed after the license expired.

Technology

3D Groove came in the different forms (3D Groove SX and 3D Groove GX). Similar to Java, 3D Groove games could be built to be played on the desktop/in a browser as a standalone GRV World File using 3D Groove GX, or with Macromedia/Adobe Director to make a Shockwave Player DIR/DXR/DCR archive file containing a GRV World File as a cast member (which required 3D Groove Xtra to be installed) using 3D Groove SX.

Both versions of 3D Groove in turn used the 3D Game Machine C/C++ game development framework (3DGM for short) from Virtually Unlimited Corp. In September 2001, 3D Groove bought the source code for 3DGM. Most of the 3D models in 3D Groove games use the 3DGM Model File format, which has a .3GM extension and is similar to the common 3DS model file format but with more functionality added to it, including the ability to use quads - or faces with any amount of vertices - instead of just triangles.

History

In 1995, before 3D Groove existed, programmer Jules Urbach worked at DigitalFusion and helped to code the game Real Pool, a basic 3D pool game for the Mac intended to rival the Virtual Pool series. The game was published through MacSoft, and got a Windows port in 1998, which was published through GT Interactive (which would later become Infogrames) shortly before the 3D Groove Alliance was established.

The 3D Groove Alliance was established July 6, 1998. Mr. Urbach was the company's co-founder, with entrepreneur Chris Kantrowitz and programmer Peter Laufenberg, who did much of the C++ code for the 3D Groove web browser plugin. Other notable names involved with 3D Groove are Patrick Thiel from Pepworks.com (animator,) Ben Encarcion (artist,) Nick Kang (developer,) Jed Whedon and Rene Winkler (music and sound design) and Jamie and Simon Edis from Ezone.com (artist and programmer, respectively, who used 3D Groove for their web games.)

The assets used in Real Pool were recycled to make a web demo version, becoming the first use of the 3D Groove engine. Intended to promote the full game, the web version of Real Pool used 3D Groove SX and was published on Shockwave.com, becoming their first 3D game, where it got between 5-6 million plays according to Laufenberg. The game made over four million dollars in total sales according to Vice President of Marketing for Infogrames Paul Rinde. It was later recycled again into an advergame for Jack Daniels.

The 3D Groove Alliance then developed a game called SkyDive! which was released by Electronic Arts on June 30, 1999 with their Gonzo Games label. It received mostly negative reviews.

On March 8, 2000, Shockwave.com announced a partnership with 3D Groove Alliance to develop new games. One of these was Tank Wars, a game where you drive around the city playing as a tank destroying other tanks. It was released in Spring 2000 and got over 1.5 million plays per month.

From January 2001 to August 2003, Joseph Varet was 3D Groove's CEO.

On February 6, 2001, kpe and the 3D Groove Alliance announced a partnership. The first title they released under this partnership was Otto's Killer Carvin Snowboard for NickArcade.

On July 18, 2001, RealNetworks announced a distribution agreement with the 3D Groove Alliance for their RealArcade platform.

In February 2002, 3D Groove made a sequel to Real Pool called Real Pool 2, which became the first game to use the new 3D Groove GX engine version.

By March 2002, the 3D Groove engine had been downloaded 40 million times.

In early 2004, Peter Laufenburg left the 3D Groove Alliance.

In April 2004, 3D Groove marketed a new Battle of the Planets game to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary.

Copyrighted 2007, Transformers Battle Universe for the Net Jet controller was also made in the 3D Groove GX engine.

In early 2009, 3D Groove's site shut down, causing a lot of their games to be lost.

The exact reason 3D Groove no longer exists is unknown, although one blog post on A Tree Falling in the Forest about Jules Urbach, who worked on 3D Groove, wrote that he was "kind of screwed" by certain people in 3D Groove Alliance. The 3D Groove Alliance rebranded as OTOY, which is still around today, but has moved in a different direction, instead focusing on their OctaneRender engine used to create photorealistic graphics from within 3D modelling tools such as Maya, and do not acknowledge the existence of 3D Groove or its games.

Availability of Games

No 3D Groove games are currently available for purchase. However, several are still available to play thanks to various means, such as archive.org or people uploading a game that was on their computer. A list of games that are lost and found can be viewed below.

3D Groove Alliance Original Titles

  • 9MM: Beer Bottle Shootout - Found
  • AlienX - Found
  • Death From Above - Found
  • High Roller - Lost
  • Sky Racer - Found (was renamed to SkyRacer: Impulse, which is found)
  • SkyRacer: Impulse - Found
  • Nothin' But Net - Found
  • Outpost - Lost
  • Piscean - Found
  • Real Pool - Found
  • Real Pool 2 - Found
  • Showdown: The gunfighting game - Found
  • SkyDive! - Found
  • Star Battalion - Lost
  • Tank Wars - Found
  • Tank Wars Multiplayer - Lost
  • World War I Ace - Found (was renamed to Death From Above, which is found)

3D Groove Alliance Advergames

  • 3D Groove Bose Game - Lost
  • 3D Groove FedEx Game - Lost
  • 3D Groove Skittles Bowling Game - Existence Unconfirmed
  • At&T's High Roller - Lost
  • At&T's Unlimited Challenge/AT&T's Unlimited Challenge 2 - Lost
  • Cisco Broadband Game - Lost
  • Eight Legged Freaks - Found
  • Intel's Showdown: The gunfighting game - Unknown
  • Jack Daniels Real Pool - Lost
  • Jeep Disk Dodger - Existence Unconfirmed
  • M&M's: Yellow Takes Tokyo - Lost
  • Mazda: Skyracer Impulse - Unknown
  • Mountain Dew Skateboarding - Lost
  • Nesquik: Chocolate Mountain Challenge - Found
  • Pringles Pony Express - Lost
  • Pringles: Super Spud Boxing - Found
  • Radio Shack: RC Stunt Machine Showdown - Lost
  • SEMIs ChipsOnTour - Lost

Cartoon Network

  • Powerpuff Girls: Showdown in the Sky - Found
  • Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace - Partially Found (Corrupted Director File, Missing Level 1-5)

Disney

  • American Dragon: Robot Pandemonium - Found
  • Dunk Tank - Lost
  • JetiXtreme - Lost
  • Johnny Kapahala: Island Grind - Lost
  • Kim Possible: Middleton Mayhem - Lost
  • Oban Star Racers: Great Race - Lost
  • Tarzan's Jungle Rescue - Lost
  • Yin Yang Yo: The Dangerous Comic Book of Dread - Lost

Ezone

3D Groove games developed by Ezone.com

  • Battle of the Planets - Peril of the Praying Mantis - Found
  • Farmer Giblet's Turkey Farm (Turkey 3D!) - Found
  • Lenny Loosejocks Boardin' - Found
  • Lenny Loosejocks in Snow Worries! - Found
  • Penguin Racers - Found
  • Santa Goes Buttboardin' 3D - Found
  • Super Mega Big Trucks - Arena - Partially Found (Missing Arcade Mode and Mission Mode)
  • Space Wombat - Found

NickArcade

3D Groove Games developed for Nickelodeon or Nick Jr.

  • All Grown Up Crazy Karts - Found
  • Adventures of Bleeposaurus - Found
  • Adventures of Bleeposaurus - Dragonfire - Found
  • Blues Clues: Joe's 3D Scavenger Hunt - Found
  • Danny Phantom Ghost Sweep - Found
  • Dora the Explorer 3-D Backpack Adventure - Found
  • Dora the Explorer 3D Driving Adventure - Found
  • Dora The Explorer 3-D Pyramid Adventure - Found
  • Dora 3D Soccer - Found
  • Diego's Rescue Adventure 3-D - Found
  • Fairly OddParents Information Stupor Highway - Found
  • Jimmy Neutron: Gotta Blast! Rocket Race - Partially Found (Missing Content)
  • Jimmy Neutron: Rescue Jet Fusion - Found
  • Jimmy Neutron Space Blast - Found
  • Otto's Killer Carvin Snowboard - Found
  • Rocket Power Big Air Mountain - Found
  • SpongeBob SquarePants 3D Movie Game - Found
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Pinball Panic - Found
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Saves the Krusty Krab - Found
  • Hey, Arnold! Runaway Bus - Found
  • Wild Thornberrys Movie Chopper Chase - Found

Pepworks.com

  • Animenace: Operation Phantom - Partially Found (Missing Level 4-6)
  • Baby Knight - Found
  • Battle of the Planets: 3D Battle Racer - Found
  • Battle of the Planets: Zoltar's Revenge - Found
  • Bio Boxing 3D - Found
  • Cyobreed (Unreleased) - Unknown
  • Leo's Great Day 2 - Found

Roddenberry.com

Some early 3D Groove demos were created by Roddenberry.com as tech demos to show the capability of the 3D Groove engine.

  • OTOY Battle Space - Found
  • Star Trek Online - Lost

NetJet

Games running on 3D Groove that were on NetJet.

  • Transformers Battle Universe - Found

Gallery

External Links

Comments


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Lemurboy123

18 months ago
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I have the .DCR files to the following: Joe's 3-D Scavenger Hunt Dora's 3-D Soccer Dora the Explorer Backpack Adventure Dora the Explorer Driving Adventure Dora tthe Explorer Pyramid Adventure Hey Arnold Runaway Bus SpongeBob SquarePants Saves the Krusty Krab Otto's Killer Carvin' Snowboard Rocket Power Big Air Mountain SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D Pinball Panic Wild Thornberries Movie Chopper Chase

Not much can be done with them, since they require a specific plugin to be played, but here they are regardless:

http://puu.sh/nQqP8.zip
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Anonymous user #22

2 months ago
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Hey lemur. i like your webseries, mugman. sad that its now over, but i understand why. hope your future is great
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Anonymous user #1

16 months ago
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Alien X was unfortunately removed by Shockwave. The three-use trial still floats around, but the main game is gone. Anyone have the full version?
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Anonymous user #2

16 months ago
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I remember playing a good amount of these games when I was a kid. I'm just shocked and kinds sad that most of these games are actually lost. I can still remember some of these games such as: 9mm, At&T Unlimited Challenge, Pringle Pony Race, 8 leg freaks, etc...

The oddest thing was I remember on the site, there was a section called "Coming soon" and features a flash animation of some sci-fi stuff...
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PollyPocketFan78

16 months ago
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I found two links (though I myself couldn't get the games to show up with the plugin) for Powerpuff Girls: Showdown in the Sky and Nesquik: Chocolate Mountain Challenge Powerpuff Girls: Showdown in the sky http://www.a...al_archivea/ Nesquik: Chocolate Mountain Challenge

http://www.c...ructions.htm
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Tomysshadow

15 months ago
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My name is TOMYSSHADOW, I know quite a bit about this engine, as I played these games as a kid and I've been trying to fix and restore the games for it for years.

I thought this engine had been forgotten! Yes, the 3D Groove engine. Now, it's important to note that there are two flavours of the 3D Groove engine. Much like Unity engine, 3D Groove can be compiled for Windows, but it can also be compiled to work in its own web plugin, called the OTOY Plugin, named after the company that made 3D Groove. The OTOY Plugin does not work in any modern browser. However, there is also the Adobe Shockwave Xtra. Much like Java, or Adobe Flash, 3D Groove has a Shockwave Xtra, which extends Shockwave's capability to allow it to play 3D Groove games. Certain games just use the 3D Groove engine itself, while others were made in Adobe Director using the Xtra, which seemed to be the more common option the developers chose.

I have the 3D Groove Xtra (3DGM Model File) for Shockwave. I've uploaded it here. For Shockwave 10/12 (latest version, works on Windows 10) : https://mega...BX_gl2YZIS60 For Shockwave 8.5 (Windows XP) : https://mega...lbeoL7g5Ua_o You'll also need to start a Shockwave movie, right click it, choose Properties, and instead of Obey Content Settings, force DirectX 7 as the renderer.

Unfortunately, if you try and run most of these games from a browser, it'll say the games aren't properly initialized, as they only work using their specific loader in their original locations. You can go the route of spoofing the URL, but the easiest way to fix this is to put the dcr file in a stub projector - then the game will always initialize properly and won't complain.

As for games that just use 3D Groove without the Shockwave Xtra, it's also possible to make them work on Windows 10. If you try and run a 3D Groove engine game on Windows 10, you'll get a "illegal 16 bit colour mask" error. This error can be solved with a bit of a weird trick. First, reinstall the game to a different folder - any other location, you can just add a "2" to the end of the current install location or whatever. Go into the folder of the main game - if you got it off Shockwave.com make sure you are in the game's main folder and not the one containing a launcher - and if it doesn't already exist in the game folder, create a file called OTOY.DLL . Now, right click OTOY.DLL, and go Properties > Security > Advanced. If you see a button that says Disable Inheritence, click it, then click the first option to "Convert". Then, open up each user on the list's settings, choose Show advanced settings... and enable everything but Delete access. Then, go back to the Security tab in Properties, click Edit... and for each user, deny read or write access. Run the game, and you'll get an error about "authorized or digitally signed components." Now, go back into Properties > Security > Advanced, go to each user and allow them Full Control, and then go back to the Security tab, click Edit... and re-enable the Read and Write access for each user. Run the game and it will work.

Also, it is possible to crack Shockwave.com trials of Groove games to get the full versions but I'll assume instructions on how to do so aren't allowed here.

I have these full version Groove games running correctly on my Windows 10 PC, and would be fine with sending them to someone who wants it. These games use the Shockwave Xtra: Blue's Clues - Joe's 3-D Scavenger Hunt Dora's 3-D Backpack Adventure Dora's 3-D Driving Adventure Dora's 3-D Pyramid Adventure

And these games use the engine itself: Diego's Rescue Adventure 3-D Ezone - Penguin Racers

I also have a trial for Ezone - Space Wombat, which I havn't got a full version for, and a trial version of Lenny Loosejocks - Boardin, which I only have a trial of but have figured out how to reset the timer for.

Also, the "sci-fi stuff" mentioned in a previous comment is probably talking about a game that was going to be made in 3D Groove but never released. There was only ever a trailer for it. The game was going to be called Cyobreed, and you can still find its trailer online easily as an swf.
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Tomysshadow

15 months ago
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Forgot to mention, I also have a 3D Groove demo called Roddenberry.com's OTOY Battle Space. It's nothing really interesting though, just a couple 3D model ships with basic shooting controls.

And here is the 3D Groove logo on a white background, which can be found as a resource in every Groove engine EXE: https://mega...1cJoVZFpG6yo
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LaptiNek

7 months ago
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Tomy do you remember what the virus (or bosses of the stages) looked like in Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace? Anything like Swayzak from the TIE?
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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I have no idea. I only ever played a handful of these, including the Ezone ones and some of the Nick Jr. ones. I never played Trapped in Hyperspace (I live in Canada and we don't get Cartoon Network here.)
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Tomysshadow

15 months ago
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Alright, since I keep finding Groove related stuff and I don't want to keep spamming links, I'm just going to make a folder on MEGA and clump everything 3D Groove related into there. https://mega...3QnbSB_j3m_A

As you can see, I've been quite actively finding and repairing these games, but some of them are still just trials. Most of them are fully functional.
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Zagthewag

14 months ago
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Jesus guys, i wrote the original "various 3d groove games article" can i at least have some credit if its going to be rewritten
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Tomysshadow

14 months ago
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I'm sorry... I've just learned a lot about 3D Groove and have been updating the article with new information. I've never edited a wiki before but it's my understanding that's how a wiki works. If you want to change the article... you can always edit it.

But thank you for making the article in the first place Zagthewag, without it I wouldn't have been so dedicated to this hunt or even had a place to start! I'm glad there are still people looking for these games - and that so many have been found!
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Kobochat

14 months ago
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That IS how wikis work, lol. That's the whole point of them.
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PollyPocketFan78

13 months ago
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It's OK, I'm just glad that quite a bit of the previously lost 3D Groove Games are now being found.
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Anonymous user #3

13 months ago
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tomysshadow you rock for keeping 3dgroove's work alive
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Tomysshadow

13 months ago
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Thanks man! :)
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Anonymous user #4

13 months ago
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Oh god, I remember the Dora Football, Driving and Pyramid games. I played those religiously before I gre out of NickJr.
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Tomysshadow

12 months ago
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I've noticed the Dora Driving runs too quickly unless you set your processor state lower. You can do this on Windows 10 by typing in the Start Menu search bar "Power Options," clicking the "Change plan settings" link, then the "Change advanced power settings" link, and scrolling to "Processor power management." Then make sure the minimum processor state is less than 50%, and set the maximum processor state to 50%. Then hit Apply and play the game, the changes will be instant. Make sure to change the maximum processor state back to 100% when you're done playing 3D Groove games to get the most out of your processor again.
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Anonymous user #5

12 months ago
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There's two more Groove GX games, Danny Phantom Ghost Sweep and All Grown Up Krazy Karts.
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Anonymous user #6

12 months ago
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Easy finds. There are so many Groove games that just knowing the names of some of them is half the battle in restoring them, now that they've become more obscured.
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Tomysshadow

12 months ago
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It's me replying btw. I got logged out whoops.
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PollyPocketFan78

12 months ago
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To me, I can only imagine what games 3D Groove would make if they were still around on modern popular things. If they were still around I think that they could make Adventure Time, The Loud House, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Monster High, Steven Universe, and contemporary movies that are popular.
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Tomysshadow

12 months ago
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Flash games are a dead art form now, just like CD-ROM games are. iOS killed them. HTML5 killed them even more. Chrome and Firefox removing NPAPI is the unfortunate aftermath. You can make games in HTML5, but if I hop on Miniclip or whatever - I ain't seeing them. Then there's Unity, which has such great titles as Air Control, [Insert Anything Here] Simulator, and anything Digital Homicide has ever made. What happened?

It's too bad 3D Groove's SDK wasn't publicly available. In order to create a 3D Groove game you had to email a representative and present them with your past work. While it did allow for some quality control - you won’t see any Air Control-like disasters in 3D Groove’s engine - 3D Groove may have ultimately lasted longer if it allowed anyone to download the SDK freely - but that’s anyone’s debate.

You may be wondering if it's possible to mod 3D Groove games. The only somewhat malleable 3D Groove game is Real Pool 2. Unlike other Groove games, it doesn't perform a CRC check, making it possible to modify the grv file's contents and change around the game. However, the scripts are compiled I believe so you can't change the behavior of anything without the compiler for Groove code. Lame! It's also the first 3D Groove GX game meaning it uses a pretty old engine version with less features. Again, lame! Other 3D Groove games check to see the game being played hasn't been modified before starting them, so you can't change them or it won't start. So for the most part, no.

But hey, we don't need 3D Groove to have games about such things. Anyone could make an Adventure Time or Steven Universe game in say Unity if they wanted. But as I said - it's a dead art form - at least right now.
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Anonymous user #7

12 months ago
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I'm not sure if it was a 3d Groove Game, but does anyone have the Fairly Odd parents Cyber surf (not sure if that was the name) based on the TV episode?
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Tomysshadow

11 months ago
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Recently added! :)
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Mixalxd

9 months ago
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I'm not sure if this is it, but I found it! (not sure about viruses though.)

Also, this is the anon from before. http://fairl...nformer.com/
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Anonymous user #8

11 months ago
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Does anybody remember a 3D Bar Room Skittles bowling game? It was listed on ArcadePod and maybe Bonus.com. I think it ran on 3D Groove and it had computer opponents like Pickle Harry and Suburban Sam or something like that.
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Tomysshadow

11 months ago
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I havn't seen it but it sounds entirely likely considering the amount of games 3D Groove made. If you find out its name you should add it to the wiki
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PollyPocketFan78

11 months ago
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There are also 3D Wonka Games I used to play when the Wonka Games used to be on the site but I don't think they ran on the 3D Groove engine.
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Tomysshadow

11 months ago
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@PollyPocketFan78 Yes and believe me I have some of those too! You're correct though, they were created after Shockwave got built-in 3D support and they use Shockwave's 3D Asset.
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Nscott144

11 months ago
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I remember playing some of these games like the Dora and the Blues clues one, the thing that made me mad about the games were that they had this loud ass person that would announce that you had 10 minutes of gameplay left that was the worst part of those games.
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Tomysshadow

11 months ago
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In the linked files, said trials have been removed. You shouldn't get that warning.
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Anonymous user #9

10 months ago
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There's A 3D Groove Star Wars Platforming Adventure/Battle Game With Yoda?
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PollyPocketFan78

10 months ago
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I hope that Pringles Pony Express gets found one day and doesn't always stay lost. Out of the ones that are still lost, that's the one I want to play the most. I do like to hope with all lost won't always be lost forever.
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Tomysshadow

10 months ago
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It's looking to be that way. I emailed their support about it, and their reply could basically be summarized as "no."
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PollyPocketFan78

10 months ago
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I think I may have found Pringles Pony Express on the Wayback Machine. I went to the Pringles website and If I work hard I might be able to get it to work. Here's a link to it.

http://web.a...y/play.shtml
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PollyPocketFan78

10 months ago
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I managed with Google Crome when I put the link there It game me a .DCR file and I guess it's like with Lemurboy123's .DCR files that they require a specific plugin and I'm thinking it's the same as that but it's there nonetheless.
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Tomysshadow

9 months ago
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The problem is that unlike the Pringles Boxing game, the Wayback Machine only has the loading screen for Pringles Pony Express, but not the actual game content.
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Anonymous user #10

9 months ago
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These bring back serious memories. Considering, I do remember playing the blues clues game, the dora explorer games, and I also remember playing a Backyardigans game. I actually found the backyardigans game via google image, apparently the game was called Backyardigans - Super SPy adventure.
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Tomysshadow

9 months ago
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Backyardigans Super Spy Adventure isn't a 3D Groove game, it's a Virtools game and is played using Dassault Systemes 3dvia Player. And if you can believe it - I have that game backed up too!

https://mega...CaEPrzsnngME

This one is a bit more difficult to get up and running. First, you'll need a browser which supports plugins, so you'll either need to use Pale Moon or Internet Explorer (not Microsoft Edge!) as Firefox and Chrome removed NPAPI support some time ago. You'll also need 3dvia Player (not the Beta/Studio player!) You can get that from here:

http://www.3...dvia-player/

Finally, the game won't run locally, so you'll either need to upload it to a web server, or install XAMPP and play it on localhost. Once you've done all that, the game should run on both Windows and Mac in the browser.
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Anonymous user #10

9 months ago
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@Tommyshadow, Oh nice. Sorry that I got Backyardigans Super spy mixed up with 3D Groove. They both have similar graphics and both were taken down, and removed from Nick Jr's website, sad enough.
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Parapadarappa333

9 months ago
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Here is proof that there was a Yin Yang Yo 3D Groove game http://web.a...d/index.html
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Parapadarappa333

9 months ago
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I think it used OTOY
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Tomysshadow

9 months ago
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From the HTML source code I can definitely say that it uses 3D Groove GX, but I don't think I'm going to be able to restore this one.
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Astreniss

9 months ago
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Were these ever released on a home media CD type? I have a version of Dora's Backpack adventure on a CD, but I am unsure if it is the 3D version of it. I don't have the game immediately in my possession either, it went to my Grandma's house for the grand kids younger than me (There's a 5 year gap between me and them). I may go ahead and retrieve them anyways out of curiosity...
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Tomysshadow

9 months ago
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I know what you're probably talking about but it isn't the same game. Besides that, Dora's Backpack Adventure has already been found.
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Lemurboy123

9 months ago
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pictures of the M&M's game I found on a PDF:

[img]http://puu.sh/sTMvo.jpg[/img]
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Lemurboy123

9 months ago
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I sent this page to Jules Urbach himself, and he was very flattered and will help us in a few weeks.

https://twit...718191755264
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Tomysshadow

9 months ago
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I still can't believe that! That's amazing.
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KingQuagsire

8 months ago
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I Guess Since It Says Unknown For The Intel Gun Showdown Game I Have A Screenshot Of It Right Now In My Possession Here It Is.

https://post...e/pbjb7r7b3/
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Tomysshadow

8 months ago
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I don't know why it's set to unknown. It was that way in the original edit of the article. Afaik it's lost. The other games were set to unknown when they were found but not working, but if it's found then idk where.
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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It is indeed lost; Whenever I go to the archived 3D Groove website to get to that specific game, it only displays a black screen and never even displays anything about the game itself.
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Tomysshadow

8 months ago
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I have created a patch for the illegal 16-bit colour mask issue and have updated the MEGA folder with the fixed 3D Groove GX games. If you were trying to run the 3D Groove games on Windows 8 and above but couldn't because of this error, or you were having display issues, you should redownload the files from the MEGA folder. You no longer need to do anything with OTOY.DLL or Groove2App.DLL , and I will make a new video about the subject later.
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Anonymous user #11

7 months ago
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Here are some of the games I remember playing when I was a kid: Kim Possible: Middleton Mayhem (I am sad that it is lost) All Grown Up! Crazy Karts Blues Clues: Joe's 3D Scavenger's Hunt All 4 Dora the Explorer Games (3D Backpack Adventure, 3D Driving, 3D Pyramid Adventure, 3D Soccer) All 3 SpongeBob SquarePants Games (Saves the Krusty Krab, 3D Movie Game, Pinball Panic) Hey Arnold! Runaway Bus Wild Thornberrys Movie Copter Chase And I have one request:

Wasn't there a 3D Groove Game based on Go Diego Go! (I forgot the name of it)? From what I can recall, it was a game where you have to take care of the animals by giving them shelters and having to rescue them when they are in danger. I remember my servers for the game crashing down whenever I try to get to and play the last level of the game (and before you ask why, the game was perfectly functional until the final level of the game on my original PC).
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Anonymous user #12

7 months ago
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That would be Diego's Rescue Adventure 3-D. It's in the MEGA folder, I just forgot to add it to the MEGA folder.

Also, if you still have the drive you played the games on, there's potential that the files for it are still in your Temporary Internet Files. Internet Explorer would save some files from the internet locally to load them faster later. Try searching the Temporary Internet Files folder for any GRV or DCR files if you can.
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Tomysshadow

7 months ago
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  • It's in the MEGA folder, I just forgot to add it to article is what I meant to say, and I got logged out
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LaptiNek

7 months ago
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I think I have something related to Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace. It's a dcr file but it just shows the CartoonNetwork.com logo, it needs a CN domain to run and the 3D Groove plugin. All we need is the goddamn game haha. If Showdown in the Sky was found, why not Swayzak's online appearance? It's called "toon.dcr", here's the file: https://www....w5k5ikkrvw48
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Tomysshadow

7 months ago
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I've had a couple of people tell me about this already in fact, but the problem is that this is just a loading bar, and does not contain game content.

This is a common thing with Shockwave, Flash and really any plugin, called a loader. The idea is to display a custom loading bar while the real game content is downloading. It's essentially similar to a URL redirect. What you have here is the custom loading bar, but the real game content has long since been deleted from its original address, and the game can't be found there - therefore it never loads. Nothing useful can be accomplished with this DCR file other than revealing the location the game used to be at - and now isn't. In fact 99% of the time you don't even need the loader if the game's content is available. A common pattern with 3D Groove seems to be to add 0 to the filename, e.g. toon0.dcr to find the location of the game content, but as I said, it's gone from that URL.

Showdown in the Sky was caught by the Wayback Machine. It's my understanding that Wayback works by simply visiting the page in a browser and saving every URL it downloads, and after a certain amount of time it stops this process. So presumably, when Wayback landed on the Showdown in the Sky page, the game loaded quickly and the URL was saved. Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace probably took a longer time to load and Wayback never saved it as a result. So unfortunately the file we really need to get this working, toon0.dcr is gone. To make matters worse the game seems to be split into five different DCR files each representing one level, so we may need even more of them for the game to even open.

Hopefully Jules Urbach can resolve this, as the previously mentioned tweet demonstrates he's willing to help, for which we should all be grateful. However, there's no guarantee that even he has them anymore, and if he does it will need to wait. I imagine running a business like OTOY doesn't leave a lot of free time.
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Tomysshadow

7 months ago
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BTW, here's a good test as to whether or not something is a loader. If it's under 15 KB, it's very likely just a loader.
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LaptiNek

7 months ago
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Aw, Jesus! Why couldn't Showdown in the Sky be lost instead of Trapped in Hyperspace? If what you say is true, toon5.dcr is the stage where TOM gets infected. Pepworks, the company who made the game, likely still has it although they only give copies to their client. So I contacted both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim about this. Jules hasn't found anything yet? I pray he does. Hopefully AS does something about it too, as Jason has lost his assets to the game.
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Anonymous user #13

7 months ago
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Hi, Anonymous User #11 again, I hope Jules Urbach brings back Kim Possible: Middleton Mayhem to complete my nostalgia trip of me playing their games back when I was a kid regularly watching both Nickelodeon and Disney (now I am mostly a Nickelodeon guy when it comes to watching TV, but I still love watching Disney's movies and TV shows). It is the only game lost that I remembered playing and if Jules is able to bring that game back, I will be super happy.
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LaptiNek

7 months ago
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I hope Jules Urbach brings back Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace.
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BrandontheManek

7 months ago
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Someone needs to record the Nesquik "Chocolate Mountain Challenge" game, and upload it to YouTube.
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LaptiNek

7 months ago
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AND find the Hyperspace game! GO GO GO GO
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PollyPocketFan78

7 months ago
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Have some right here.

https://www....=gLxl2INpZxM
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Anonymous user #14

7 months ago
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How To Rip 3D Models From Some 3D Groove Games
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LaptiNek

7 months ago
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like Swayzak's model from Toonami Trapped in Hyperspace
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Anonymous user #12

7 months ago
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3D Groove SX:

In the 3D Groove MEGA folder, navigate to 3D Groove SX > 3D Groove Xtra > 3D Groove Xtra 1.8.0 > Groove Playback Xtra. In this folder is a number of files, but the best one for 3D rips is "GrooveForceOGLNoWorldBFCullingNoObjectBFCullingNoClipPrim.x32" which is a version of 3D Groove I hacked to always use OpenGL, as well as do a couple more desirable things for 3D ripping purposes.

Now go to the folder for the game you to want to rip. If an "xtras" folder doesn't already exist, create one. Rename the xtra you downloaded to "Groove.x32" and paste it in the "xtras" folder, replacing any Groove.x32 file that was already there.

Now, regardless of whether or not there's an option in the game menu to activate OpenGL, the game will always use it. This can cause errors in some games, but it at least works with most of them. Now that the game is using OpenGL, you can use 3dvia Printscreen or a similar OpenGL supported 3D ripping tool to rip the models.

3D Groove GX:

Support for 3D Groove GX is very sketchy, but here's a method that works with some games. In the 3D Groove MEGA folder, navigate to 3D Groove GX > Groove Standalone Player > Misc. Depending on what version of 3D Groove GX the game uses, you will either want "OTOYForceOGL.DLL" or "Groove2AppForceOGL.DLL" (most 3D Groove GX games use, or will at least work with OTOY.) These are versions of 3D Groove I hacked to always use OpenGL. Now go up a folder and download "3D Groove Player 1.0.20.0.zip" then extract it once it has finished downloading.

Now, go to the folder for the game you want to rip. If it contains a .GRV file, copy it into the "3D Groove Player 1.0.20.0" folder. Otherwise, play the game you want to rip normally and Alt+Tab out of it while it is running, and a .GRV file should appear in the game's folder which you should copy to the "3D Groove Player 1.0.20.0" folder. Then exit the game. Now, in the "3D Groove Player 1.0.20.0" folder, paste the DLL you downloaded earlier. Then, open "GroovePlayer.ini" in Notepad and edit the "grooveapp" property to either OTOYForceOGL or Groove2AppForceOGL depending on which one you're going to use. Then, modify "Param1" to be the name of the .GRV file you copied.

Now, regardless of whether or not there's an option in the game menu to activate OpenGL, running the game with "GroovePlayer.exe" will always use it. Note that this can cause some games to run very slowly. Now that the game is using OpenGL, you can use 3dvia Printscreen or a similar OpenGL supported 3D ripping tool to rip the models. Note that backface culling is on and prims are being clipped, so you won't get the entire scene in one capture.
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Tomysshadow

7 months ago
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This is me tomysshadow btw, I forgot to log in again.
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Tomysshadow

7 months ago
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Today I figured out how to get the remaining Ezone games to run without the need for a web browser, and have reuploaded them as projectors.
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LaptiNek

6 months ago
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  • nervously drums fingers for information on Trapped in Hyperspace*
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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Dude, I can't make Trapped in Hyperspace appear out of thin air. We've all been waiting a long time for some of these games. Some of them had been lost until just now, and that's nearly 8 years. Some of them, like Transformers Battle Universe, will most likely never be recovered. You're just going to have to wait before Trapped in Hyperspace may or may not make an appearance.
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PollyPocketFan78

6 months ago
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I have to agree with TommyShadow. I want the Pringles Pony Express to be found but for now I just excepted that it's lost, but there could be a chance with both Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace and Pringles Pony Express could one day get found by anyone who has way too much time on their hands finds a way to make them work.
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Anonymous user #15

6 months ago
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Yeah, I'll also be willing to wait one day when Kim Possible: Middleton Mayhem gets found and doesn't stay lost forever.
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LaptiNek

6 months ago
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This is Swayzak we're talking about, one of my favorite Toonami characters that hasn't been seen for 15 or 16 years now. (Look up Toonami's review of Rez and go to the 20 second mark) Knowing that he had more appearances in this game is serious business to me, especially that I already know Pepworks has a copy.
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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I am taking this seriously. This Wiki takes lost media very seriously. I've worked hard to search for, and fix, the remaining 3D Groove games. Look around and you'll see plenty of other lost media on LMW that is very meaningful to a lot of people, and like them, nothing you can do will speed up the process of finding it. You'll have to wait, because of the circumstances, until someone who does have it shares it - like everyone else here.
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PollyPocketFan78

6 months ago
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I have to agree with you TommyShadow.
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PollyPocketFan78

6 months ago
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For me, it would've been cool if there was a Polly Pocket game that ran on the 3D Groove Engine.
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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Good news Tomysshadow! I finally found a way to access Kim Possible: Middleton Mayhem through a Kim Possible internet forum discussing the game back in 2007 giving me the link I needed to type into the Wayback Machine (according to them, the game debuted on March 4th, 2007). The only downside is that I have to play it on Internet Explorer and I need to have the plug-in installed in order for it to work (and I also hope that the Internet Archive just has the game's loader and no actual game content).
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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For just, I meant that I hope that the Internet Archive doesn't just have the game's loader and no actual game content.
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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Also, when I accessed the game on the Wayback Machine, the game quickly loaded so there is a possibility of the game being restored.
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Lemurboy123

6 months ago
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what's the link?
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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It's simple. Just Google search the game and go to Ron Stoppable's Really Neat Page. You should be able to copy and paste the game's original URL to the Wayback Machine.
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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To be specific, its's the fifth post on the forum that provides the game's URL.
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Lemurboy123

6 months ago
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nope, the game's gone.
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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I already searched Disney's site, I know where the game would've been played from, it's just a loader as Lemurboy123 has said
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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I'm sorry if I wasted both of your time. I understand it's not going to be easy recovering all 3D Groove games but thank you for informing me that the Internet Archive just only has the game's loader and no actual game content.
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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It's okay, it's better to ask than to assume it's gone, isn't it? :)
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Anonymous user #13

6 months ago
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Thank you and it is better to ask someone if something is lost/doesn't work than assuming it can be found and fixed easily. It's one of the most ultimate truths of life and I can agree with you there. :)
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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I removed Police Chopper because it is not a 3D Groove game, and used Shockwave's 3D asset. Furthermore, although it was embed on Ezone's site, it was published by Miniclip, not Ezone.
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Anonymous user #16

6 months ago
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Everyone ask some Toonami fans on Toonzone, etc if they have saved a copy of TiH
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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That's probably the best route to go, though unfortunately I don't think a lot of people would have the foresight or know-how to save it.
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Tomysshadow

6 months ago
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Well, thanks to some kind folks on YouTube I actually have the game files for Transformers Battle Universe now, but it doesn't run without the NetJet controller so for most people it's good as a brick. I'm going to try and see if I can get it to work using mouse and keyboard, I'm confident in my abilities to accomplish this. I actually ordered a NetJet controller just so I can try this out. I'll be uploading it as soon as this is dealt with.
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Tomysshadow

5 months ago
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I've uploaded a version of this game to MEGA which uses the NetJet controller, but doesn't require a game key. So far, I've managed to get the game to start without a NetJet plugged in but can't get it to accept mouse/keyboard input making it basically useless. I have a feeling I know how it's actually working, and I don't like it... but I'm dead set on getting it to work without any controller. Since Marble Blast XP has an option to view the console and call NetJet related functions, it's easier to test possible approaches. I'll see what I can do about it.
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VaurienVixen

5 months ago
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Anyone have a backup of the game "Nick pals can i keep 'em"? im not sure if it's a 3d Groove game, but, I can't seem to find it anywhere.
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Anonymous user #13

5 months ago
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No, it's not a 3D Groove game; It's a Nick Arcade game that you can download on your computer, and unfortunately, nobody is sharing that game online yet.
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Tomysshadow

5 months ago
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Just finished writing a 3D Groove compatible version of my NetJet Emulator. At some point in the future I'd like to make it universal but this temporary version will do for now. A new version of Transformers Battle Universe has been uploaded that should be playable with your keyboard. It is also 360 controller compatible. Be aware Windows Vista is a minimum requirement. Please alert me of any errors. Have fun
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Anonymous user #17

5 months ago
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Hi! I have a problem with the Fairly OddParents game, it says something about a "Director Player Error" asking for an .INI file.

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Tomysshadow

5 months ago
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That means the game's EXE file is unable to read itself. Either the path to the game is too long, or you have accents or special characters in the path to the game. Try moving it to a different folder.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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Is there a way to rip the models and textures off of Danny Phantom: Ghost Sweep?
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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I thoroughly explained how to rip models from 3D Groove GX games above.

Since creating that comment there is a new alternate method, using my 3DGM Model File Converter: https://gith...le-Converter

You'll need to use that in conjunction with this QuickBMS script for 3D Groove GRV files: http://forum...&t=10932

Ask me if you need any further help with this.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Fixed an issue today with the Xtra-Package that could prevent it from loading on computers without the Xtra already installed. If you were having issues with Real Pool's Web version, try it again now.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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To Tomysshadow- Yeah, I might need further help. Game Extractor is not working for me due to the Error 9 message and the fact that Offzip and Packzip are not programs with a GUI interface. I do not know the first thing about code.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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Nevermind, I figured out the Error 9. But I still need further help on ripping the textures and models from Danny Phantom Ghost Sweep.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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In fact, I can't even rip the files from Offzip and Packzip since they are command line interfaces.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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OK, I ripped the files, but I can't get the model to open.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Don't use offzip for Groove GX. Use QuickBMS.

http://aluig...quickbms.htm

Copy the script from http://forum...&t=10932 to Notepad and save it as grv.bms and put it in the same folder as quickbms.exe . Take the GRV file for the game you want to extract and put it in the same folder as grv.bms and quickbms.exe (if you can't find a GRV file in the game's folder, run the game, Alt+Tab out of it, and the GRV file should appear in the game's folder, then copy it to the new location and exit the game)

In the same folder as quickbms.exe , create a new folder called Output. Shift + right click in QuickBMS's folder. Choose "Open command window here." Type the following and hit enter:

quickbms grv.bms [name of GRV file].GRV Output

Find a file with a .3GM extension you'd like to convert. This is a 3DGM Model File.

Download my 3DGM Model File Converter from https://gith...le-Converter and open the 3GM23ds.htm file in a browser (it's intended as an online converter, but I'm not hosting it anywhere right now.) Hit Browse. Choose the 3GM Model File you extracted and wish to convert. Hit the convert button and wait a bit - it can take up to 20 seconds or so depending on the model. You'll be asked which format the textures are in because 3DGM Model Files don't store file extensions. Take a look at the Output folder. If the textures are JPG, write JPG. If they're PNG, write PNG. If they're GMI, I have yet to write a converter for that and you'll have to use the alternate method of 3D ripping. If the textures are in multiple formats, hit Cancel and you can enter the format for each texture individually.

You'll then get a 3ds file. This can be opened in Blender, GLC Player, or another tool capable of opening 3ds files.
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PollyPocketFan78

4 months ago
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I think I remember a Neopets game that was 3D and possibly run on the 3D Groove Engine. I don't remember the full title but I remember it having River Rush in the title. I couldn't go to the old Neopets site on the Wayback Machine to truly see what it was called and see if it used 3D Groove. I also checked on the current website and the game is not on there anymore and that's what led me to believe that it ran on the 3D Groove Engine.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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It's possible your thinking of the Neopets games that run on 3dvia Player. I've never played (or owned for that matter) any Neopets so I don't know, but I am aware 3dvia Player was used for their games at some point. I don't make a big effort of collecting 3dvia Player games as there's just too many to possibly have them all - much like Unity Engine games, anyone could've created them and so there's a tonne of them in existence.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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I am still not getting anything on the model for Danny Phantom. Perhaps the files are in GMI.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Only textures are GMI. The model itself should convert. Where are you running into problems?
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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The model is not really showing up on GLC player.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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The model is blank? Mind telling me which 3GM file was problematic?
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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The model of Danny Fenton/Phantom himself.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Animated models tend to be problematic because animations are not supported so they're often not correctly scaled throughout as the correct position is set on the first frame, but I'll look at it when I get a chance.
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Tomysshadow

2 months ago
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It's me again BTW, I got logged out.
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Tomysshadow

2 months ago
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Whoops, replied to wrong comment.
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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OK.
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