Shockwave Game - Oysterhead Maze Sept 22, 2019 15:48:14 GMT
Post by TheCracksOverhead on Sept 22, 2019 15:48:14 GMT
It's my first time posting here so I hope this is in the right section.
When I was little, my dad and I used to surf the web playing browser games.
One day, we came across this strange game, and we played it only maybe once or twice, and that was it. I don't remember much of it, just that you controlled a cart, and I think you could break one of the walls in the maze to reveal a room that "Mr. Oysterhead" was hiding in. It seems that the game is themed after the musical supergroup "Oysterhead". I don't know anything about them, nor do I have enough knowledge about Shockwave/Director to attempt to get the game running (tomysshadow will probably be the expert here), but I can at least post all the information I have about the game.
Oysterhead Maze is a 3D Shockwave game that came out sometime in 2001. It uses the Shockwave Havok Xtra.
Here is a link to the earliest archived version of the game page that actually contains any content:
All you're going to see is a black page though since Chrome and Firefox have dropped support for Shockwave (IE still works).
NOTE: I don't know what it's like now, but a while back I visited the live version of the Throbbing website when I was first looking into this, and it contained something along the lines of ads/redirects/popups, so be cautious if you're wanting to go there.
Why is it lost? Well, even though the main game file still exists (ohead.dcr), the game never loads, and I think it's because there's another file it's looking for that was somehow never archived. It's called "head_only.W3D", and I assume it's required for the game to run.
You can see on this page:
that the Wayback Machine picked up on the file, but the two captures just lead to some kind of redirect that's probably from long after the original site went down (whenever that was).
Here are the only screenshots of the game I could find online:
Here are some links that may be useful:
www.dslreports.com/forum/r7572119-Mr-Oysterhead - Source of the first image.
www.deansdirectortutorials.com/3D/HavokDeveloperSite/xdev/users.html - Source of the second image.
sites.google.com/site/gamesjzfenmapej/shockwave-games - Helped me find the third image in Wayback Machine. (Actually this link probably isn't useful at all.)
web.archive.org/web/20011109014219/http://www.havok.com/xtra/xdev/users.html - First mention of it on the Havok website.
www.deansdirectortutorials.com/3D/Havok/ - Information on the Havok Xtra (This website has a lot of information on how to use Director too.)
web.archive.org/web/20010509144433/http://www.havok.com/xtra/distribution.htm - Xtra distribution page.
web.archive.org/web/20030212181904/http://www.havok.com/products/web_3d/xtra.html - More about the Xtra.
Hopefully we can find the missing file/make the game work again!