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The World’s Finest Trampoline Simulator

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 by Matthew in Physics Games
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Walaber’s Trampoline is the best damn trampoline simulator I’ve played. Of course, it’s also the only trampoline simulator I’ve played, but don’t let that diminish my opinion. It really is a very well-made game, and there’s a lot of jumping-up-and-down fun to be had if you can get past the game’s occasionally brutal learning curve.

Trampoline Simulation

The first thing to point out about Walaber’s Trampoline is that the title is very much a simulation. It isn’t a trampoline-inspired physics game, but rather a trampoline simulator. It’s obvious that Walaber–Tim FitzRandolph–is really into the sport. I would be honestly surprised if he wasn’t. The game contains a depth of knowledge of trampoline gymnastics that demonstrates more than passing interest. I now know what a Barani, Half-In Half-Out, and a Rudy are (although I can only do them on a keyboard, so far…)

It’s All about Timing

The core skill in Trampoline is basically the same one found in other character physics games, such as Ski Stunt Simulator: Timing. Getting the feel for when to open up a rotation is everything. It’s a frustrating skill to learn, too. The various positions–tuck, pike, and straight–all have different rotation speeds, and transitioning between them will change your speed too. Complicate this with the fact that twisting also modifies your rotation speed, and you can see how things get hairy.

This leads me to only serious complaint I have about the game. It’s really hard to control your rotation. I really wish the game had mouse control of some kind. There isn’t any way to gradate your speed. You choose either to tuck or not (contrast this to a game like Ski Stunt, where you can slowly open up your flip to finely tune your landing). It is possible to set the initial rotation for a jump in some analog sense, in Trampoline, but by modifying the timing of when you start to hold left or right. Some sort of analog control that isn’t based on time would have been marvelous.

Game Structure

Walaber’s Trampoline has all of the trappings of a complete computer game experience. The bulk of your play time is spent in the “story” mode, where you must complete certain tricks/combos to move forward. The game starts out very gently–and there’s always the “show me” button to have the trick demonstrated–but it soon becomes rather difficult. Personally I enjoyed the competitions and the single trick levels much more than the combo levels. Perfectly landing a 4-trick combo is a lot harder than you might think. Expect to be pressing reset once every 10 seconds or so for a good 20 minutes on some of the stages.

Walaber's Trampoline Screenshot Screenshot of Physics Games
(Walaber’s Trampoline Computer Game Screenshots)

It’s Freeware!

Amazingingly, Walaber’s Trampoline is freeware. Tim could definitely slap a price tag of $19.95 on it and get some sales. It’s on par, production-wise, with a lot of indie efforts, and he certainly has cornered a niche.

Download Walaber’s Trampoline (73 MB) [mirrors]

Make sure you visit Walaber’s page for other fine physics games. He has quite the portfolio building up.

P.S. An Amazing Video

Also, I coincidently bumped into this video today. What’s scary is I can actually identify a few of these tricks after my weekend playing nothing but Walaber’s Trampoline. The video gets into hand balancing later, but the trampoline action at the start is mind-blowing:

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  1. Matthew said,

    on October 10th, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    People usually email about songs used in the video. So for the record, this is:

    The Flashbulb – Chik Habit (from their Flexing Habitual album)

    Also, this is the 49th review! 50th review should be posted later this week…I’ll try to make it a good one!

  2. Russell Davis said,

    on October 10th, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    Can you tell me what the song is playing on the simulation video? It’s very catchy… thanks.

  3. Steve Swink said,

    on October 10th, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    Russell: see above ;).

  4. Dosou said,

    on October 11th, 2006 at 5:21 am

    Awesome, I must try this game soon.

    (PS: Good luck with the 50th review!)

  5. vsai said,

    on October 11th, 2006 at 11:24 am

    and for more similar music look at any of the like 20 Squarepusher albums ;)

    Neat second video, its a good thing i didn’t see that when i was younger.. i’d be so in a wheelchair :\

  6. Philip G said,

    on October 11th, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    yeah this game is awesome, it inspired me to go outside and try getting good on my trambopoline, but mines is just too small! i need a bigger one, so i dont fasll off so much! : p

  7. Aqua General said,

    on October 11th, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    Looks good I might try it out soon.

  8. Björn said,

    on October 11th, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Wow. This is really neat, although it’s quite brutal in its learning curve. I just finished part 11 of the story mode, and get to the first competition. The last bit of chapter 11 was evil though “The next part is easy, just do a five jump combo, each with at least one flip” (or words to that effect, it really said “easy”). I just got past doing a three jump combo, and suddenly I have to do five in a row!?

    Still, very enjoyable. But good combos are *hard*.

  9. That guy... said,

    on October 11th, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    I playe this a while ago, fun!

  10. Demetrius said,

    on October 12th, 2006 at 5:32 am

    looks cool! As usual, great review Matthew, your site rocks!

  11. Blueberry_pie said,

    on October 13th, 2006 at 9:01 am

    Sweet! I read about the game before but I never knew it was free. I’ll definately give this a shot.

  12. Great_Pretender said,

    on October 13th, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    Man, this is a hard game. I’ve had more luck making the guy fall off the trampoline than actually doing any tricks.

    Anyway, this site is great. Good job on it. I’m totally in love with game physics.

  13. Ryu said,

    on October 14th, 2006 at 10:32 am

    This game looks awesome! although my computer is having serious errors when I load it up. After I click OK on the level select screen, the screen turns yellow and freezes, forcing me to restart my computer. Note: I pressed alt+tab and got back into the window. It showed a mans legs sticking out of black (middle of the screen) and nothing else. Can someone please help me with this problem, or know what is going on?

  14. qua said,

    on October 14th, 2006 at 11:10 am

    erm, just completed level 11. cant start next level and i cant do the “competition”???

  15. hullari said,

    on October 14th, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Great game, i have nearly finished the story mode. Only one thing is unclear to me: is it possible to jump on a trampoline with a friend simultanely? God, that would be such a good idea, for a mod example..

  16. That guy... said,

    on October 14th, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Change your config and character files right and you can do tons of flips!

  17. Blueberry_pie said,

    on October 15th, 2006 at 5:32 am

    Wow, this game is awesome. It takes some getting used to but once you do it’s tons of fun.

  18. Great_Pretender said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 12:18 am

    Note that if you land anywhere but the trampoline, the game explodes. It did on mine, anyway.

    I was hoping to land that trick. :/

  19. Old Man Pedophile said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you SOOOO much for this site Matt! Ive been having this craving for ragdoll and other cool physics ever since i first found out about them! id google it every time i got on da cpu. but any-how… awesome site and keep postin them games up 4 us boy!

  20. smurf88 said,

    on October 16th, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Great game, I wish there was more though. Little replay value after completing it.

  21. Digi said,

    on October 19th, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Finally a site dedicated to physics games, keep up the good work. On this game though, it’s incredibly buggy, my guy kept flipping between jumping and being prone from a previous failure and hovering above the trampoline. And it has an incredibly steep learning curve.

  22. Rich said,

    on October 20th, 2006 at 4:19 am

    I just completed the game the other day, the gorilla character is very hard to use!

  23. Adam said,

    on October 30th, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    The video is adam menzies, came second in the worlds i train with him at gymnastcis until he went to cirque. The game is also awesome
    Awesome site. Awesome Reviews.

  24. charles said,

    on November 11th, 2006 at 11:28 pm


    umm.. i cant start any of the games because i cant click on anything.
    (this means i cant pick a character) please give me some advise!or…. what do i click on to pick a character??

  25. lukas said,

    on December 10th, 2006 at 9:55 am

    hi, I have always looked for a good trampoline simulator, so I was very happy when I found this one. The problem is that when I press play, in free play or story mode, the screen freezes and stays yellow, then it turns black and the game closes. I wondered if my computer had something missing so I downloaded directx 9.0 C, Ogre graphics and newton physics engine, but it still doesn’t work, please tell me what can I do??

  26. BLUE! said,

    on December 18th, 2006 at 10:41 am

    What is the song in the adam menzies video?

  27. Matthew said,

    on December 18th, 2006 at 10:54 am


    Bajofondo Tango Club – Montserrat

  28. Lari Fari said,

    on February 10th, 2007 at 5:36 am

    now if that video isnt f…… awesome i dont know what is,…=)
    at first i wasnt sure if it wasnt a scene from the game;) which is aswell pretty “consuming” to say the least

  29. jesse said,

    on March 4th, 2007 at 9:03 am

    This game is great, took me about 15 minutes to figure it out, its a great idea for a game. I didn’t know there was a real sport of trampolining. Crazy, i guess theres a sport of everything these days. Your site is awesome mathew i download a new game every night (dialup) . And I had the full version of Gish a while back before I saw you reviewed it on here. I LOVED that game. It is one of the best games ever played.

  30. Mikko said,

    on April 27th, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I would like to see tumbling version of this game cause this game rocks !! and if someone know online server in this game let me know (here not e-mail)

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