Bowl-Ed Over (Lost Cartoon Network Powerplay Game; 2003)


Bowl-Ed Over
Title screen of Bowl-Ed Over.
Title screen of Bowl-Ed Over.
Status Lost

Bowl-Ed Over is an Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy-themed bowling game released for the PC in 2003 through CartoonNetwork.com's "Power Play Games" service for $19.95. It is a simple bowling game using characters, audio, and settings from the Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy television show. The game was potentially developed in Shockwave, which explains the difficulty in getting the demo to run on modern PCs.

Power Play Games

In order to compete with Nick.com's Nick Arcade (not to be confused with the television game show of the same name), Cartoon Network New Media (the division in charge of the CartoonNetwork.com website) created the 'Power Play Games' service. Unlike the traditional shockwave and flash games on the Cartoon Network website at the time, Power Play Games were standalone executables that the user could download and play at any time without an internet connection. Potential customers could play time-restricted demos of these games, or purchase the full versions for a one-time fee. The service was criticized by fans for making once-free games suddenly require purchasing to play such as To the Eds-Streme! and Dexter's Labyrinth. As the service continued, new games were created specifically for the service such as Bowl-Ed Over.

Bowl-Ed Over

Bowl-Ed Over is a fairly simplistic bowling game with an Ed, Edd, n Eddy skin that can be played by up to four players using the same keyboard. The player(s) can choose between two lanes and can customize their bowling balls across three stats: weight, speed, and spin. Power points can be accumulated by scoring strikes, which can be used to modify these stats. Complete bowling ball and lane availability is currently unknown as the demo may differ from the purchased version of the game. The demo is limited to ten minutes of gameplay before the player is locked out.

Availability

As shockwave games lost their appeal through the years, the Power Play Games service became defunct along with the games that were available. Luckily, the download link to the Bowl-Ed Over demo executable was archived on the wayback machine. It is available here. An extraction of some of the Bowl-Ed Over demo executable's files is available here as well. It is currently unknown if the contents of the purchased version of Bowl-Ed Over differs in any way from the demo executable besides the 10 minute time restriction.

Gallery

Screengrabs extracted from the game files.
Powerplay advertisement from the CN website.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

13 months ago
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Probably it's because this game was made by Skunk Studios. (The same guys that made Gutterball.)
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Anonymous user #2

12 months ago
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Owned the game on a now-long gone PC. You selected your ball-type (I remember one was green with lightning on it, and I think another was just the logo of the show), and you can bowl in three or more areas. I remember one being the alleyway of the show, and I think another was the backyard of one of their homes (I think the cul-de-sac was another). The world, ball, and pins were in 3d, while Characters in the background were just pictures taken from the show. The Eds, besides the titles and such, were not seeable, instead you heard them talk during your play.
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Anonymous user #2

12 months ago
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I just checked the link with pictures. I remember the ed ball now. I think they each had their own affects, like the Ed one constantly moving right regardless of how you rolled it
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Anonymous user #3

12 months ago
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Hmm... When I clicked on the dl link, it downloaded the file with no issue. It will download a setup file that installs the game. Since the powerplay page is down, there is no way to "buy" the game. You are forced to play a 10 minute demo of it. Hopefully someone can make a patch that activates the game.
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Zzcolby27

1 months ago
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How did you get it to work
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Anonymous user #4

11 months ago
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I was a little kid and my Dad didn't like spending money online back in 2003 (especially for a simple little game that my 5 year old self would get bored with after a week), but I definitely do remember seeing ads for this on cartoonnetwork.com
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SilverTheGamer

14 days ago
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mine still hates doing it. dang
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Anonymous user #5

9 months ago
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my copy wont work for me on my window's 10 operating system.
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Anonymous user #6

9 months ago
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There has to be someway to get this game running on modern computers some of us never got to play this game along with the other powerplay games.
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Anonymous user #7

9 months ago
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believe me. it doesn't work on ANY computers. I tried it on a windows XP pc and it don't work
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Anonymous user #8

8 months ago
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I used to own this game... I really don't remember much about it, though.
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Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
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Virus total found some malicious things in the setup and the site may be the malware compromised it to not work.
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Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
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I can't put the link it but if you want to see what it found copy link location put it in virus total search if you want to see what it found.
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Steady N Ready

6 months ago
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I WANT TO SEE! :D
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Anonymous user #9

5 months ago
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The exe as of last scan gets flagged by 3 different scanners but I only recognize Avg never heard of the other two.
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Anonymous user #9

5 months ago
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Interesting I re scanned it and now 6 detect it here is the names it found I also uploaded it to a second site it also got detected if anyone wondered here is the names of what it found avg found Win32/DH{gRgTgRmBDoFGgQ8?} AegisLab found Virus.W32.Gen!c Ikarus Win32.SuspectCrc McAfee Artemis!6C2E87F717ED and Artemis it comes up twice now rising has had false positives on safe stuff but it claims Malware.XPACK-HIE/Heur!1.9C48-xLuQa8YnM2Q (cloud) is there interesting thing to me they don't agree on a particular threat they all say something different on the Jotti scanner it found PUA.Win.Packer.WwpackV-1 I wonder what happened to that demo normally games don't get detected by any of the scanners.
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Joman66

5 months ago
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I forgot that Lost Media Wiki had another website but I got the game to work on a Windows XP Tablet PC.

Here's the video I made about an hour ago showing it. https://www....=BIfMWhrpOf4
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Waterside

5 months ago
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oh lol xD
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Anonymous user #10

5 months ago
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the only way to get it working is to get windows XP
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Anonymous user #11

4 months ago
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Can't Play The Ed, Edd n Eddy Bowling Game Because The Game Doesn't Work!
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Anonymous user #9

4 months ago
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I tried the setup on a windows xp laptop got a non compatible error message odd I have 3 gigs of ram and 74 GB It won't work win xp service pack 3 2003 laptop.
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Anonymous user #9

4 months ago
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I ran the setup in sandbox it didn't work I uploaded the setup to malwr sandbox and it was able to open it.
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Anonymous user #9

3 months ago
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Interesting I just scanned it now only the junk antivirus rising detected it Rising has a large amount of false positives I may run it again on my laptop and see what happens Rising detects something that I can't find what it is google has no results on Malware.XPACK-HIE/Heur!1.9C48-qf5WaeP5seC (cloud).
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Anonymous user #12

25 days ago
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?WHAT HAPPEN TO THE GAME ?
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LaptiNek

13 days ago
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Was this made in 3D Groove?
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Anonymous user #13

7 days ago
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No, it wasn't made in the 3D Groove engine as despite the environments being in 3D, the characters themselves are in 2D just like the show.
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