This is exactly what happened to me. Nothing seems to happen for a while after game the loads, but keep your finger on the arrow and it starts to move in slow motion. Hence my initial post and the thrashing I received. I did much better after re-booting into Win98 on the same box.
I know linuxgirlie is a Mandrake user, but the other folks who experienced problems did not say which distros they are running. In any case, it does not seem to be an issue with any particular distro. Hence my conclusion of poor flash implementation on Linux. I don't think we could all have mis-configured X at the same time!
BTW, nice to see you here, linuxgirlie. I thought you were ignoring me!