As a swashbuckling archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant
volcano somewhere in Mexico, you get stuck in a cavern and accidentally
reveal ancient ruins that have been hidden from outsiders for centuries.
There you discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and iron-shelled Ball.
Venturing deeper into the underground, you encounter not just puzzles and
traps, but also strange, malicious creatures that are guarding the secrets
buried within the volcano. You’ll need to uncover the secrets of the Ball
and learn to control it in order to survive and escape the underworld with
some of mankind’s greatest secrets.
The Ball is a first person action-adventure game that will have you solve puzzles while bowling against a bewildering barrage of beasts. It features a full single-player experience built on Epic’s Unreal™ Engine 3 technology.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Violence. PEGI Rating: 18+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 2.0 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), SM3 Compatible video card (GF6800 minimum - GF8800 or higher recommended), 1.5 GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-08-07 14:21:49 bySnargelfargen:
So the comparisons to Portal are inevitable, but The Ball definitely stands on it's own. A lot of detail and attention has been put into the piston.. gun... thing that is used to manipulate the ball. The ball itself does a fantastic job of conveying it's weight and momentum too. Watching it crush a flock of monsters is visceral and fun to watch. So the gameplay is fun, and the graphicsread more are detailed and very good looking. Unfortunately the game drags on a bit longer than it should, and the story, told through lush, hieroglyph loading screens simply isn't very interesting. Adding combat was a cool idea, but it gets tedious after a while. There are only so many ways you can crush something with a giant ball. Combine that with puzzles that never get very difficult and the game's length (6 hours, and I took my time) is hard to justify.
All in all it makes for some fun afternoons of play, but I can't recommend it as anything other than a mediocre example of a relatively new and exciting genre. It gets tedious after several hours, and the 10$ price point is too high considering how short the game is.
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Posted on 2012-08-15 02:22:37 byVanillanowah:
First of all, I LOVE puzzle games. I'm a huge fan of them, everyday I'm puzzlin', and stuff. When I heard about this game, it sounded awesome, so I bought it and downloaded it and was really anxious to play it, but something is just off about it. I can't really place my finger on it, but the game just doesn't work (And I don't mean that literally, I had no problems running the game).read more I really wish it did, and reading other reviews I wonder if it might just be because the Unreal Engine isn't meant for this type of thing, but I really don't know since UE3 has been used for a ton of different genres. The game isn't really that much fun, it's really pretty though, and I guess it's original, at least. But it's just missing that factor that makes Portal or Q.U.B.E. fun, because frankly, The Ball isn't. I was frustrated a lot of the time since I'd know the way to solve the puzzle, but the stupid ball wouldn't move the way I wanted to and was hard to manipulate, which really ruined the game. I'd pass on this one if I were you, especially at an expensive $10 (I bought it in a Indie Bundle, can't remember which one, so I don't feel ripped off, but if I had bought it for 9.99 or more I would've been ticked). Even if you're a pretty patient guy like me, you shouldn't tolerate poor game design.
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Posted on 2013-07-11 18:21:48 byLhademmor:
A fine little game in its own right. The story is insignificant and confusing and the graphics are extremely orange and brown to the point of it sometimes looking like a tech demo for some future Ubuntu-themed shoot 'em up.
So far, so bad. However, the game puzzles are what keep the game alive. They strike the right balance being both challenging and logic, and are genuinely funread more to solve.
The game is rather short, but if you can get it on sale it can be a nice little addition for a puzzle gamer. Just don't expect the next Portal or you're bound for disappointment, since Portal had great story (or characters), graphics AND puzzles. The Ball only has the puzzles going for it, and this looking like an FPS means people will probably expect more.
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