Pringles Pony Express (Lost Online Game; 2002)


Pringles Pony Express
Banner from 3D Groove website
Banner from 3D Groove website
Status Lost
Pringles Pony Express was a 2002 online game that ran on the 3D Groove engine.

Another game on the Pringles website, running on the same engine, was called Pringles: Super Spud Boxing, but unlike Pony Express, is still available while the other is lost.

When going back to the game's adress on the Wayback Machine, a Shockwave logo appears but never fully loads.

Plot

Even though the game is lost, there is a plot written on both the Pringles website and 3D Groove site on the Wayback Machine. The summary reads:

"Buckle your saddle, 'cause you'll be racing through canyons and prairies to deliver those dang tasty new Sweet Mesquite BBQ Pringles. Gather up a posse and invite your friends to play along."

Possible Gameplay Features

From what we can assume from the stills is that it takes place in the desert of the wild west with saguaro cacti, buttes, and buildings as scernery. You are the Pringles guy on a horse most likely delivering the Sweet Mesquite BBQ flavor Pringles from point A to point B. It is most likely that the oats were powerups, but unknown of what enemies are in the game. It's also unknown if there was ever a time limit in the game too.

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LaptiNek

1 months ago
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Yes, this is another game that used the plugin Trapped in Hyperspace used. But for me, TiH is more important because Swayzak.
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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Can you please stop spamming the comments section on how much you want Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace to be found and how important you think it is? I mean, I get you want to find it because it's your favorite Toonami event and that Swayzak is your favorite character, but you don't need be aggressively demanding about it and threatening Pepworks (the game's developer) just because they can't give out stuff to anyone but their clients (plus the fact that the company behind something has a right to refuse to give stuff out for legal and personal reasons). You just got to learn to accept to wait for something you demand to be found.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Stop acting like a spoiled child and devaluing other games just because you want one game.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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Sorry.
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Anon

1 months ago
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Why do so many 3D groove games have to be lost? Those were my childhood!
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PollyPocketFan78

1 months ago
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I feel the same way. I didn't grow up with all of them but did with some. Even though I didn't grow up with this one, I still really badly want to play it because it looks fun and I hope that it does get found in the future.
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Tomysshadow

1 months ago
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It's because of the way they were licensed. "The games were licensed royalty-free and non-exclusively, and the game would need to be removed after the license expired." In other words, 3D Groove would make a game for another company, and the other company would be allowed to use that game for any purpose for a certain amount of time. After that amount of time, the company would no longer be able to use the game.
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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If I remember correctly, I think all the 3D Groove games made for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network (with the exceptions of Jimmy Neutron: Gotta Blast! Rocket Race which was used for an online competition for your rocket to be seen on TV in 2002 and shut down afterwards; Toonami: Trapped in Hyperspace was made to tie-in to the TV event of the same name and closed after the event was over) remained up on their websites until 3D Groove was re-branded/closed in early 2009, causing them to be lost.

It is unfortunate and sad that most of 3D Groove's work is lost/missing but thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, they are able to restore some of the games they saved on their computers (though the previously mentioned Jimmy Neutron: Gotta Blast! Rocket Race remains the only lost Nickelodeon 3D Groove game, and given that they actually taken down the game's original page sometime in February 2017, it seems it's going to be even harder to recover). We can only hope and wait for other 3D Groove games to be recovered and restored.
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Tomysshadow

1 months ago
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The problem with Jimmy Neutron Rocket Race is that it required a login to play. That tells me that even if the DCR was found, it probably wouldn't work as some server it tries to connect to is probably offline.
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Tomysshadow

1 months ago
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I should also add that while some of the games did indeed go down in 2009 due to the 3D Groove site no longer being online, some 3D Groove games went offline before or after 3D Groove's website did. Real Pool went down well before, and Alien X stuck around until around 2012. On Ezone the games are in fact still up, they're just using the wrong loader - I guess they broke it in some update to the site. Ezone and Shockwave.com both have their own copies of the 3D Groove Xtra, so 3D Groove games on their sites continued to work after 3dgroove.com went offline, but other games weren't as lucky.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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Anon-chan, TiH did not close after the event was over. According to the Wayback Machine, it was on Toonami's Play page as late as July 2004.
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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I'm sorry about that, I didn't have the time to research that fact because I have never played the game before and I didn't know where the game used to be played (I only know where when there is a link available giving me the place on where the game used to be and an address that I needed to type into the Wayback Machine to access and even then, it is guaranteed that the Wayback Machine only has the loader and no actual game content). Thanks for pointing out my blatant research failure.
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Reynard

1 months ago
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X-23 would like this game.
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PollyPocketFan78

1 months ago
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I thought of an interesting collection game that Otoy could release for both the PC and consoles like the Nintendo Switch if they can get an agreement from all of the brands they did that's all of the 3D Groove games (and yes I am aware of some of them are already found) called The 3D Groove Treasury. It's very unlikely that that would ever happen but it'd be a cool collection.
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LaptiNek

1 months ago
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Did Pepworks make this game? They say they made games for Pringles.
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Anonymous user #4

26 days ago
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No, 3D Groove did.
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Anonymous user #5

2 days ago
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has anyone tried converting the dcr file it gives you when you go onto the page
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Mattdaminer

17 hours 57 minutes ago
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A dcr file is an Adobe Shockwave file.
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Mattdaminer

18 hours 16 minutes ago
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Since we're on the topic of Pringles, does anybody know about the 'chip master' game? The game itself is not lost (http://www.a...ipMaster.swf), but the icons that could be obtained on the archived website are not there anymore. Also I can't access the Internet Archive because it is currently down for me. Anyone have the icons?
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