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Eric's Cascade

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MD5: f7d9f497d8a89955b6d6dfa901835784
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
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This delightful software toy, almost Zen-like in nature, is difficult to describe. It must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Even Cascade's publisher, Delta Tao Software, has trouble with its classification, calling it "not exactly a game, not exactly a utility..."

They say it teaches principles of physics and mathematics. Maybe, but that's not why you'll want Cascade. You'll want it because this elegant little program will relax, delight, involve and transfix you all at the same time.

Think of Cascade as a waterfall simulator. You build interactive waterfall displays. You start out with a faucet you position anywhere. Turn it on and water splashes out, complete with soothing, realistic stereo sound. Moving the water to the left or right causes the sound to change. Add colored blocks and watch and hear the water splash down, bounce and ricochet according to gravity (you can change that too if you like). Add and position spinners to watch them twirl as the virtual water laps over their edges. Add water "magnets" that bend the water flow. You can pulse the water on and off with time delays, change the color of the water, blocks and spinners, add textures or picture backgrounds and more.

This is right up there with tilling a Zen rock garden or shaping bonsai. Relax as you soothe away hours of your time designing and watching your waterfalls. You can even save your creations.

  — The Miami Herald

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