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Mysterious Warping Worm Game?

So! There was a Mac game I saw in the mid 90s as a child that left a great positive impact on me, but for literal decades, I have been trying to find it again and trying to even remember its name or see screenshots online, but I can't find it, be it here in the Garden or elsewhere.

I was hoping that perhaps, by describing it for everyone here, there might be a chance it's recognized? As in, to find out its name, or better yet, to know where/how to locate it.

In my head, I keep thinking the game's name must be "Warp Worm" or something, but I find nothing by searching anything with that name, or the words "warp" and "worm". Such a name would describe the game very well, though. Let me describe it:

You have a window for the whole game (non-full-screen), with a clear-blue background (to represent the sky), and a worm creature crawling on top of a surface, located at the bottom of the window. The surface IIRC was green. As early as the game starts, you hear a sound effect that loops once every 7 or so seconds, that literally goes like "tee-ro-ree-ro, tee-ro-ree-ro, tee-ro-ree-ro-ree, ru-ru-ru" or so.
You can only do 2 things in the game: walk left or walk right. If you walk far enough to reach the end of one of the two sides of the screen, you'd pop out from the other side of the screen, and if you did that, you would hear a funny little sound effect kinda like what happens when you play with the needle of a vinil disc on a moving vinil disc.
Hence why I think "Warp Worm" would be a very fitting name, if it isn't even the actual name.

Soooooooooooo... Does anyone have any idea of what the hell I could even be talking about? I tried searching high and low for it, even digging floppies and ZIP disks that were last used in the mid 90s at my old home, but no luck. External SCSI drives of that time are all 100% dead. Can't find the game's name. Can't find screenshots. Crawled through the whole Macintosh Garden entry-by-entry about 2 years ago, and nothing. Looked around in demo CDs...

I can't find it. Sad So any input would be appreciated.

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Found it! It was called The Teleporting Inchworm, and it was on MacAddict CD #14.

Here's a download courtesy of VintageAppleMac.com.

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You are a GOD!!!!!! LOL *goes outside screaming like a lunatic*

Oh s#!t, I thought I'd never see it again. You are my hero. Thank you thank you thank you!

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Sounds like an [sarcasm] "extremely exciting" [/sarcasm] game.
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Hi Jatoba! I'm the author of that game. Something made me think of it recently, and I googled it (really just trying to remember the name) and was absolutely delighted that after so many years, someone even remembers it. I'm so happy it provided you some joy! Laughing out loud

I was 14 at the time, and that "game" was my first attempt at a C++ program. The sound effect you remember was just me humming/singing into a microphone. I don't know what possessed me to submit it to MacAddict, but I remember it being such a thrill that they included it in their CD. Your post brought a whole new level to that thrill -- thank you!

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Jatoba's utter joy that someone found a copy of a game from her childhood, the author of the game dropping in and saying hi. Yep, this thread is officially awesome.

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Hi, yshavit! What an honor! Laughing out loud I had never dreamed that I'd ever get the chance to not only find that game again, but also have a correspondence with the author, of all people! Thank you for making this!

I'm ready for an 8k Unreal Engine remaster of this any time. Wink I doubt it could beat the original, though!

@capt_chuckl3s I'm quite the "he". Wink But 100% agreed on the wholesomeness!

To commemorate, why not discuss the game? I have "pro tips" I learnt of since replaying this. Smile For example, did you know there's a 3rd option besides going left... and right?? *drum roll* You can also press down to have Mr. Inchworm himself stop in his tracks! And one thing you can try with that is to stop right on top of the exact pixel of the warp point of the warping holes. It's actually difficult to get it right! But if you do, well, the teleporting sound will keep filling the sound buffer for as long as you stand there. Once you leave, so much has been buffered that the sound will keep playing even after you step out! Truly a time-space breaking experience! Laughing out loud

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@Jatoba, I'm terribly sorry for the mixup. I assumed from the profilepicture that you were a "she", I'm once again reminded of what happens when you "assume" things. Again, I apologize.

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Oh, this is nothing to apologize for. Smile Don't mind it! Just join us in playing The Teleporting Inchworm instead. Laughing out loud

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Jatoba, why stop at an Unreal remaster? I should do a full VR experience on Oculus! Maybe I'll do a Kickstarter to get it off the ground. Wink

That's so funny about the "eternal warp sound" bug! I'll have to retcon it into the canon when I do the remaster/VR release. Something about hyper-sub-slipspace, maybe? Laughing out loud

This thread really did make my day! I think over the weekend I'll get an emulator and see if I can't run this game for old time's sake. I hope you all have a great new year's!

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I hope you all have a great new year's!

Likewise! And if you need emulator help, the folks from here use them on a regular basis and would be glad to assist, with multiple options available. Smile Or even if you want compatible hardware at the perfect balance between price, availability and power, we can make some recommendations, too. Wink