3d Groove Games (Miscellaneous Unresurfaced Games; Early 2000s)
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3D Groove was a 3D game engine in the early 2000s. Many 3D Groove games were lost when 3D Groove's site went 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 brand, such as Radioshack, At&T, Intel, Pringles, and etc. Most of these games are lost although some are still playable, due to copies being found on old hard drives or CD's, or copies backed up by the Wayback Machine from the now defunct website.
3D Groove came in the form of 3D Groove SX and 3D Groove GX. In a similar fashion to Java, 3D Groove games could be built to be played in the desktop or in a browser as a .GRV file using 3D Groove GX, or could be developed with Macromedia/Adobe Director to make a Shockwave Player DCR/DIR/DXR file containing the game, which required the 3D Groove Xtra to be installed, using 3D Groove SX.
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, writes "[Jules Urbach] was kind of screwed by some nefarious folks involved in the [3D Groove Alliance] company." 3D Groove was owned by The 3D Groove Alliance, Inc. which in turn was owned by JulesWorld and later OTOY. They also had a partnership with Shockwave.com . No 3D Groove games are currently available for purchase. Here is a list of 3D Groove's games and whether they are lost or not.
3D Groove Alliance, Inc. Originals
Original 3D Groove Games games developed by The 3D Groove Alliance/OTOY/JulesWorld.
9MM: Beer Bottle Shootout - Found
Alien X - Found
Death From Above - Found
Impulse Skyracer - Found
Nothin' But Net - Found
Piscean - Found
Real Pool - Found
Real Pool 2 - Found
Infogrames also made a PS2 version of Real Pool. Although it shares a logo with Real Pool 2, Real Pool on the PS2 was not made in the 3D Groove engine. The PC version of Real Pool is an entirely different game.
Showdown: The gunfighting game - Found
Tank Wars - Found
3D Groove Alliance, Inc. Advergames
3D Groove Games developed by the creators of the 3D Groove Engine for other companies as an advertisement.
At&T's Unlimited Challenge - Lost
Eight Legged Freaks - Found
Intel's Showdown: The gunfighting game - Unknown
Jack Daniels Real Pool - Lost
Jeep Disk Dodger - Existence Unconfirmed
Mazda: Skyracer Impulse - Unknown
Mountain Dew Skateboarding - Lost
Nesquik: Chocolate Mountain Challenge - Found
Pringles Pony Express - Lost
Pringles: Super Spud Boxing - Found
Radioshack: RC Stunt Machine Showdown - Lost
Powerpuff Girls: Showdown in the Sky - Found
Trapped in Hyperspace - Lost
3D Groove Tarzan Game - Existence Unconfirmed
3D Groove games developed by Ezone.com
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 - Found
Space Wombat - Found
3D Groove Games developed for Nickolodeon 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
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
Hey Arnold! Runaway Bus - Found
Wild Thornberrys Movie Chopper Chase - Found
Animenace: Operation Phantom - Partially Found, Missing Level 4-5
Battle of the Planets: Zoltar's Revenge - Found
Cyobreed - Never Released (Cyobreed was never finished)
Leo's Great Day 2 - Found
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
One of 3D Groove's games, "Spongebob Squarepants Saves the Krusty Krab"
- Link to a MEGA folder containing some found 3D Groove content, including games and Shockwave xtras. All games are for Windows unless otherwise specified.
- This forum thread suggests there was a Tarzan game made for Disney in the 3D Groove engine, but no title is given.