Bowl-Ed Over (partially found Cartoon Network Power Play game; 2003)


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Bowl-Ed Over
Title screen of Bowl-Ed Over.
Title screen of Bowl-Ed Over.
Status Partially Found

Bowl-Ed Over is an Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy-themed bowling game released for the PC in 2003 through CartoonNetwork.com's "Powerplay 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 developed in Adobe Director for Shockwave, which has great reverse compatibility on modern Windows versions, but because of the ActiveMARK DRM that was used to protect it, it wouldn't run on anything later than Windows Vista.

Powerplay Games

In order to compete with Nick.com's NickArcade (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 'Powerplay Games' service. Unlike the traditional shockwave and flash games on the Cartoon Network website at the time, Powerplay 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 Powerplay 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. Later, TOMYSSHADOW removed the trial time limit and made the game playable on modern Windows computers, available here.

The original Wayback Machine link 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.

On October 16, 2016, YouTuber joman66 uploaded a video that got the game working on his Windows XP tablet.

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Joman66's video on having Bowl-Ed Over demo.

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Comments


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Anonymous user #1

21 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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Brandon Panek

3 months ago
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They also made another game, but similar to Qbeez, called "Beebos". (It was a Powerpuff Girls game)
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Anonymous user #2

20 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

20 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

20 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

8 months ago
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How did you get it to work
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Boopuffyboo

2 months ago
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It works on anything before Windows 7. (Vista compatibility is debatable from what I've seen). It can easily run on Mac or Linux through the use of a compatibility layer named WINE, and I'm pretty sure you can also run it on later Windows versions using compatibility mode for XP.
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Anonymous user #4

18 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

8 months ago
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mine still hates doing it. dang
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Anonymous user #5

17 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

16 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

16 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

16 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

15 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

15 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

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

13 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

13 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

13 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

13 months ago
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oh lol xD
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Anonymous user #10

13 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

12 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 #21

1 months ago
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Can You Please Stop Talking Like This? It Must Be Annoying To Keep Pressing Shift All The Time!
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Anonymous user #9

12 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

12 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

11 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

8 months ago
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?WHAT HAPPEN TO THE GAME ?
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LaptiNek

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

8 months 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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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Nope. It uses the Shockwave 3D Asset Xtra included by default with Adobe Director.
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Anonymous user #14

6 months ago
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I tried to install it on my xp laptop it didn't want to run it crashed.
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3litist4t1t4ll

6 months ago
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https://youtu.be/4qgmT6XZGIc I made a video showing gameplay with how I got it to work in the description
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Civi108

4 months ago
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omg guys I actually managed to install it. can this comment section show screenshots?
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Civi108

4 months ago
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ugh it doesnt work with windows 10 dammit
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Only Windows XP or lower
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Civi108

4 months ago
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thanks
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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This game is a Shockwave Projector. It uses ActiveMARK, the same style of protection Spongebob Squarepants Saves The Krusty Krab did, albeit a different version. If it isn't too different, I might be able to remove the time limit for this game as well.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Hmmm. I keep getting an error about an "active debugger in memory" even when none is running. I'm used to seeing this message but usually a simple restart fixes it. I may have to override functions such as IsDebuggerPresent in order to get around this though I find that this almost never works in real world applications. I might just need a real Windows XP computer instead of VirtualBox in order to do this... well, I'll see what I can do about it.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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I'm convinced I can use the same method I used for Spongebob Squarepants Saves The Krusty Krab to get this game working, but I'll probably need actual Windows XP hardware to do it. I believe there's an old computer downstairs which has XP installed, I'll try on it there if I get the chance.
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Anonymous user #15

4 months ago
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So on my real Windows XP machine, the launcher opens but the game still doesn't play, so I still can't do anything yet. Looks like the conditions for it to run are very specific. Still, it looks pretty similar to ActiveMARK 2.x at a glance, so if I eventually find a PC that can run the game, hopefully it isn't too hard.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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Hehehe... figured it out, will post result in a bit
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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I have gotten the game working without any time limit on Windows 10 and have added it to a new Cartoon Network Powerplay MEGA Folder: https://mega...ACssDgFUgqZg

This is just the demo version with the time limit removed. It's possible the full version had more content, though unlikely - usually they assume nobody will be able to make it any further in 10 minutes and don't bother removing anything, and when there is content removed there's usually at least a nag screen for it. Nothing about this game or the way it's set up suggests there was any more content than this, it was only time limited. With that said, have fun.
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Civi108

4 months ago
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and I thought that nobody thought about doing that
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Civi108

4 months ago
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though I tried it and it doesnt work
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Anonymous user #16

4 months ago
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Do you get an error message? I can't tell you what to do unless I know what error you're getting.
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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This is me BTW, I got logged out.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Again, it only works on Windows XP or Lower
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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No. The only reason it didn't work on anything newer than Vista is because of the time limit. The game itself works to date.
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Civi108

4 months ago
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It says that "Macromedia Projector stopped working"
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Civi108

4 months ago
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hey isnt anybody telling me how to fix it
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Raincrafter

4 months ago
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No.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Windows XP or lower please listen
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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It's strange to me that the game crashes without any error. Did you make sure to extract the compressed (zipped) folder first?
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Civi108

4 months ago
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yes I did
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Civi108

4 months ago
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and Mynameismeh, Tomysshadow said he got it working on windows 10
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Civi108

4 months ago
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Uploading the screenshot to twitter
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Civi108

4 months ago
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@civi77073498
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Matan2001

4 months ago
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I don't know if it'll help remove the time limit, but there's an old ActiveMark crack that has almost vanished from the internet (except from some very hidden download links). http://www.m...RK+Patch.exe
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Tomysshadow

4 months ago
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The version I uploaded has ActiveMARK completely removed already, so I don't know what issue he's having. I've tried it on my main PC, a virtual machine and my Surface tablet and they all work and are running Windows 10 x64...

BTW, none of these ActiveMARK removal tools work - or rather, they turn the time limit off, but ActiveMARK itself is still there, so it doesn't resolve the compatibility issues. ActiveMARK has to be removed manually, there isn't a generic unpacker for it because it's difficult to automatically remove the "wrapper functions" it replaces calls to functions in DLLs with. The method I used removed it from the picture entirely by getting at the game resources and loading them into an entirely different Projector EXE with the same Xtras.
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Anonymous user #17

4 months ago
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...darn. I didn't watch that much of Ed Edd n Eddy. However if it were a Courage the Cowardly Dog game, it'd be a different story.

- LaptiNek
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Anonymous user #18

4 months ago
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wait one goddamn minute. you said that it will work on winXP and lower. Now I never done this and I never done this so I'm probably a dumba$$. using a virtual machine or windows xp emulator. I wonder if it actually would work.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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I got it from the video up above

people have gotten it working on Windows 10, so if you want to go through the trouble of getting one you can
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Anonymous user #19

4 months ago
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I got the game to work on my Windows xp laptop yesterday. I never got to play it back in 2003 I had fun.
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Civi108

4 months ago
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I got it to work, but when I selected my ball, It wouldn't enter the bowling lane.
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Brandon Panek

4 months ago
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I know this comment doesn't have anything to do with Bowl-Ed Over, but does anyone remember Beebos? (It's basically Skunk Studios' QBeez, but with the Beebos from The Powerpuff Girls episode "Pet Feud")
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Ask that in the forums.
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Nick-O

4 months ago
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It's fun to go through the comments and see just how far we came with this game.
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Tomysshadow

3 months ago
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Its spike in popularity is at least partially thanks to blameitonjorge I'm sure.
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Brandon Panek

3 months ago
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Did anyone know how to work this game on Windows 7?
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Brandon Panek

3 months ago
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  • Does
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Brandon Panek

3 months ago
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[UPDATE] For some reason, I actually got it to work on Windows 7.
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Anonymous user #20

3 months ago
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The version I uploaded should work on Windows 7, because the protection has been removed.
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Tomysshadow

3 months ago
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I got logged out again.
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Brandon Panek

3 months ago
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Now all we need are the rest of the Power Play Games.
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Brandon Panek

3 months ago
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It feels like it's been found, but it's still partially found.
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