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Amoeball: Hot Single Cell Action

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 by Matthew in Physics Games,Virtools
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Amoeball is a game I made in my spare time over two years. It began as a simple learning experiment. I was teaching one of our artists, Steve, how to use physics in the development platform we use, Virtools. Within 45 minutes a simple volleyball game was completed, but we played the game itself for a good two hours after that. It was one of those rare times where you spend much more time playing a game than you did actually making it.

From there we decided to slap some art treatment on the game. I added a simple AI and refined the menu a little. The end result is what you see here. It seems simplistic–and really, it is–but give the game 30 minutes of your time playing against a friend. You might be surprised how deep some of the strategies run.

Amoeball Screenshot 1 Amoeball Screenshot 2
(Amoeball Game Screenshots)

Click on the above screenshots to enlarge. The game is playable online right in your web browser using the Virtools Web Player.

Click here to play the free Amoeball volleyball physics game.

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  1. Arnos said,

    on June 1st, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Fun, you know you could spend a few more hours on this and add a few things, like 4 player mode and different maps.

  2. dc443 said,

    on August 24th, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, i just played this for about an hour, there are some really cool things you can do in this game. Also the AI is remarkably good in here, the first several rounds i got my ass whooped. Then i discovered i could hold down the up key and bounce higher.

  3. satoshi said,

    on September 19th, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    You guys just lost yourself a customer/player. I opened up the website, tried to install the plugin, and it said I needed Microsoft Windows to use it. I am running Windows. Just because I’m using Opera and not Internet Explorer should NOT mean that I can’t play. And no, I will not run iexplore.exe to play a little game. I have morals, ya know :-P

  4. That guy... said,

    on October 13th, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    Try Firefox

  5. MirthlessSmile said,

    on October 19th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    It says the plug-in is for Netscape browsers only… :/ forget it

  6. Big Zen said,

    on October 20th, 2006 at 6:15 am

    If I cannot play it in Firefox, then I will not play it at all. Nuff said.

  7. Matthew said,

    on October 20th, 2006 at 9:52 am

    The Virtools plugin works in Firefox. Check for install…

  8. Martin said,

    on October 24th, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Yay! I just beat the AI (an entire match, not just a set or a game) without using the up or down keys at all. :)

  9. Martin said,

    on November 9th, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve played it ridiculously much by now, and found some bugs: Three times the ball has disappeared off the stage. Once – and this was bizarre – the ball transformed into a cylinder (about twice as long as the ball).

  10. Connor said,

    on May 28th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I guess the ball transformed because it seems to be made of 2 circles so it has a bacteria-like shape…

  11. Connor said,

    on May 28th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I am only guessing

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