Early 2000's Mac game that played like competitive Arkanoid?
February 3, 2020 12:24 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find a Mac game I played in the early 2000's and I'm stumped -- it was like a cartoony 2-player competitive version of Arkanoid you played online.

Here's what I remember.

I downloaded it and played it on my Mac under OS X when it came out, between 2001 and 2005. I think it was shareware from an established indie mac developer because I remember anticipating its release.
It was a 2-player online competitive game in 2D.
Each player had their own half of a divided screen, like Tetris Attack or Twinkle Star Sprites or Puzzle Fighter, except it used Breakout/Arkanoid ball/paddle mechanics.
Your paddle could move in 4 directions at the bottom of the screen. The paddle had a curved top surface to give you more control over ball direction when you hit it.
You could text chat with the other player between rounds.
It had an artful brightly-colored motif and I think each player had a cartoony avatar, like Puzzle Fighter/Twinkle Star Sprites.

I spent the entire weekend trying to find it and I'm starting to doubt my very sanity. Thanks!
posted by churl to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I am about 95% sure that you're describing the 2002 Ambrosia Software game pop-pop, which I played incessantly in the early '00s. It is surprisingly hard to find any evidence of this game via Google Searches, but there are a couple of screenshots at the link above.
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:47 PM on February 3, 2020 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: YES
posted by churl at 12:50 PM on February 3, 2020

Unfortunately, Ambrosia Software finally went under a few years back, so obtaining a copy of the game may be quite difficult. Too bad — I remember it being a lot of fun.

Here's the Internet Archive version of Ambrosia's page for the game.
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:59 PM on February 3, 2020 [1 favorite]

Macintosh Garden proves bountiful: pop-pop
posted by scruss at 2:13 PM on February 3, 2020 [1 favorite]

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