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For Mac OS X
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Frozen-Bubble.dmg (10.86 MB)
MD5: fffd29069535c66923b0f42084d5d363
For Mac OS X
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Frozen-Bubble is a quality knockoff of the 1990s arcade game "Puzzle Bobble" and Bust-a-Move, thus riding the trend in popularity of the 'Shoot 3' or 'Match 3' genres, similar to what other games such as "Zuma" and Luxor would do later.

dL 1 zip contains two old versions made in 2003, one of them runs only in Jaguar OS X 10.2 maybe lower, the other one runs only in Panther OS X 10.3 nothing else. The Jaguar's source code happens to be included. Everything in the first download is also found on the MacAddict magazine cover CD number 90 February 2004.

The Mac OS X Port was made by Bob Ippolito. In the "About Box" the Jaguar version shows plenty more information (author credits) than the Panther version, it states this is "free software" and can be modified under the terms of GNU GPL. Sourcecode is included, which could indicate the project was abandoned, and, perhaps Frozen Bubble can be recompiled or updated for use with OSX 10.4 Tiger and up? Yes, success...

dL 2 is a year 2005 build working in OS X 10.3 and higher, including Tiger and Leopard operating systems. And it restores the About box which had been stripped bare in the older Panther version.

Architecture: PPC

dL2 is for OS X 10.3 and higher.
dL1 is for OS X 10.3 and lower.


ThinkIndifferent's picture
by ThinkIndifferent - 2018, May 7 - 5:56am

This is a good clone, but didn't start the "shoot 3" genre. That was Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move way back in 1994:

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by SkyCapt - 2018, May 7 - 6:06am

Ah thx @Think (our comments out-of-order) those games look too similar and the very name "Frozen Bubble" must be a bastardization of the name Puzzle Bobble.