Bubblegym
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Tilt-sensitive game for MacBooks.   Shareware ($6.00)
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Bubblegym is, as far as I know, the very first computer game that reacts to how the machine is tilted. Many Apple laptops have a chip on the logic board that is there to signal if the computer is dropped. Thanks to Amit Singh (kernelthread.com) and Christian Klein, this chip's values can be read and utilized for your amusement. The gameplay is simple but challenging, control the balls by leaning the computer and get to the fruits before they disappear.

The program is donation-shareware. Donate what you think it is worth and you get the full version.
What's New
Version 1.1:
  • Finally updated after almost 4 years! Updated default behavior for many new models. Modern computers have become so fast that the game became unplayable on them. This updates aims to fix that. Please send a feedback email if the game is too slow or fast on your machine or if the tilting feels backward. Please include which machine you've got.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later
  • MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Powerbook, iBook with sudden motion sensor (most models since 2005)



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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Apr 2005
It's not Handel, it's Brahms from the Piano Concerto No.6!
[Version 0.4]

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Anonymous commented on 05 Apr 2005
The music is great, but it's neither Händel or Brahms. Even better, it's original work by Branimir Krstic, composed especially for this game. See the ReadMe for link and more about his work.
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Anonymous commented on 05 Apr 2005
Glad you appreciate the music. It's neither Händel nor Brahms. Even better, it is original work by Branimir Krstic, composed especially for Bubblegym. For more info about the composer, see the ReadMe.
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Anonymous commented on 23 May 2005
Even better than Brahms and Handel...actually, could be ;)
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Anonymous commented on 18 Nov 2005
Good look finding the Brahms "Piano Concerto No. 6" (presumably written in the afterlife by J.B.). In his earthly life, Brahms wrote only two, alas.
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Apr 2005
I think this game is a great promise, but appears to be unfinished. The graphics look cruel to the eye and this is the stingiest demo I have ever seen, as it runs for ~5 seconds.

There is some fun though listening to the Handel music afterwards ;)
[Version 0.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Mar 2005
1) improve the graphics
2) add mouse/keyboard support for the rest of us
3) port it to cocoa maybe

And see if Apple will bundle the game with the PowerBooks!

Very cool.
[Version 0.2]

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Anonymous commented on 10 Mar 2005
The keyboard is supported. Next version will have new graphics. Cocoa is in the pipeline too.
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Anonymous commented on 28 Mar 2005
I must say, you sound like a pushy jerk. Would you like he pay you to play it, also?
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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Mar 2005
What happens if you tilt it too much and screw up the heads that read the Harddisk?
[Version 0.1]

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Anonymous commented on 06 Mar 2005
Uh, that's the point of the sensors. This just reads the data from them.
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Petber replied on 06 Mar 2005
It is more safe to tilt these computers than previous models, given the presence of the sensors. The SMS function is not disabled. Keep shakin'...
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Anonymous commented on 06 Mar 2005
My understanding is it's not the tilt that stuff's up your HD, it's the fact that it's possibly about to undergo a suden smack when it hit's the floor after you drop it.
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Anonymous commented on 08 Mar 2005
Agree with the first comment. It may be reading data from the sensors but the game is still on the hardisk, which I assume is being accessed during the game, while you are tilting it!?! ooer!! I've got too much valuable stuff on my powerbook's drive to manhandling it. But good luck with that anyway!

“Today, I'm planning on being slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter!”
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Balooba Software (developer) replied on 08 Mar 2005
The program only writes to disk when it starts up and check the preferences. After that it should operate from RAM. Unless, of course, other processes are in action... But the program does not require shaking. Modest tilting is not sudden enough to trigger the SMS.
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Anonymous commented on 14 Mar 2005
The above post regarding the purpose of sensors is correct. They aren't there to sense tilting as a negative force on the hard drive; they are there, however, to sense when the powerbook has tilted too far on one axis and anticipate when the computer is going to hit the ground (or something) hard.

It's a high-G force that's going to affect the HD, not a simple tilting movement. If the computer falls and hits the floor 4 feet below and the HD is reading/writing, there's a chance the read/write heads will scratch the actual disk. Tilting the drive will almost never cause this to happen.
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Anonymous commented on 28 Mar 2005
Well, maybe tilting isn't supposed to theoretically be bad, but one day I tilted my external hard drive while moving it when it was running and it made a terrible grinding noise! That's when I thought "oh man, I forgot that's practically a 7200 RPM gyroscope in there."

Face it, folks, these SMS hacks take a feature that is supposed to prevent the cause of a head crash and turns it into a possible cause of one. Um...Have fun then !!
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Anonymous commented on 04 Apr 2005
Well, if you screw up the HD while playing the game, too bad for the computer!
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Anonymous commented on 15 Apr 2005
It's good to screw up the computer by playing the games, as they need to make new ones, employ more people and keep the economy goin'!!!

Keep up the good work!!!
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Type:Games : Arcade
License:Shareware
Date:07 Sep 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Bubblegym is, as far as I know, the very first computer game that reacts to how the machine is tilted. Many Apple laptops have a chip on the logic board that is there to signal if the computer is dropped. Thanks to Amit Singh (kernelthread.com) and Christian Klein, this chip's values can be read and utilized for your amusement. The gameplay is simple but challenging, control the balls by leaning the computer and get to the fruits before they disappear.

The program is donation-shareware. Donate what you think it is worth and you get the full version.


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