3d Groove Games (Miscellaneous Unresurfaced Games; Early 2000s)


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

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, etc. These games could be played online in a web browser plugin, but often there was a more fully featured version of the same game which could be purchased and played offline. Some 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.

Technology

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 on 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 DIR/DXR/DCR file containing the game, which required the 3D Groove Xtra to be installed, using 3D Groove SX.

History

In 1995, before 3D Groove existed, programmer Jules Urbach 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 in 1998 got a Windows port 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 webgames.)

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 Real Pool web version 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. Real Pool made over four million dollars in total sales according to Vice President of Marketing for Infogrames Paul Rinde. Real Pool was later recycled again into an advergame for Jack Daniels.

On March 8, 2000, Shockwave.com announced a partnership with 3D Groove Alliance to develop new games. One of these was Tank Wars, released Spring 2000, a game where you drive around the city playing as a tank destroying other tanks. The game 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.

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

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." The 3D Groove Alliance, Inc. rebranded as OTOY, which is still around today, but the company has moved in an entirely different direction. They instead focus on their OctaneRender engine used to create photorealistic graphics from within 3D modeling tools such as Maya, and do not acknowledge the existence of 3D Groove or its games. No 3D Groove games are currently available for purchase.

Games

Here is a list of 3D Groove's games and whether they are lost or not.

3D Groove Alliance, Inc. Originals

Original titles not based on a previously existing IP.

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

Games developed for other companies as an advertisement.

3D Groove FedEx Game - Existence Unconfirmed

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

Cartoon Network

Powerpuff Girls: Showdown in the Sky - Found

Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace - Lost

Disney

3D Groove Tarzan Game - Existence Unconfirmed

American Dragon: Robot Pandemonium - Unknown

Dunk Tank - Lost

JetiXtreme - Lost

Johnny Kapahala - Lost

Kim Possible: Middleton Mayhem - Lost

Oban Star Racers: Great Race - Lost

Yin Yang Yo: The Dangerous Comic Book of Dread - Lost

Ezone

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

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

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 4-5

Battle of the Planets: Zoltar's Revenge - Found

Cyobreed - Never Released (Cyobreed was never finished)

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

Gallery

External links

Comments


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Lemurboy123

8 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 #1

7 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

6 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

6 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

5 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

5 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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Tomysshadow

5 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

4 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

4 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

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

4 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

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

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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

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

3 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

3 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

2 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

2 months ago
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Recently added! :)
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Anonymous user #8

2 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

2 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

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

26 days 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

24 days 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

11 days 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

11 days 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

4 days 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

5 days 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

4 days 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

4 days 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

2 days 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

2 days ago
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I think it used OTOY
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Tomysshadow

1 days 22 hours 1 minutes 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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