The Ball

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Customer notes

This game requires Steam(TM) in order to install and run and so cannot be traded or refunded.

Description

The Ball is a first person action-adventure game featuring a full single-player experience built on Epic’s Unreal™ Engine 3 technology. As a swashbuckling archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant volcano somewhere in Mexico, you get stuck in a cavern. It doesn’t take long before you realize this is more than just a cave.

You reveal ancient ruins that have been hidden from outsiders for centuries and discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and metal shelled Ball. As you progress towards solving the mystery of this amazing place you must unlock the secrets of the Ball and learn to control this ancient artifact. Venturing deeper into the volcano, you reveal some of mankind’s greatest secrets and you will start to encounter not just puzzles and traps, but also various strange creatures – the guardians of this mystery. These creatures have to be overcome, using only the Ball to defend you.

Features

  • Eight hours of single-player adventure
  • Game mechanics that are very simple to pick up, immersing the user in the physics-based gameplay right from the start
  • 8 huge levels to explore
  • Includes bonus Survival game mode, with 4 additional levels
  • Wide range of enemies to overcome, including mummies and an undead gorilla
  • Unique vehicles – an underground train and the mysterious “Ball Chariot”
  • 35 secrets hidden away to be discovered, as well as multiple achievements for the player to earn
  • Steamworks™ features including achievements and leaderboards

Customer reviews

32

Nice game concept

GabrielEmp | April 10, 2014 | See all GabrielEmp's reviews »

This is a great game.

Start with a puzzle game like Portal, where each puzzle needs to be completed before moving on. Then interlace the levels with zombies that are not terribly difficult to kill. At this point it is fresh and interesting, because the only game mechanics are pushing and pulling a giant ball. What truly makes this game shine are the boss fights that combine these elements into an exciting and challenging experience.

You've got a giant metal ball and a magnetic gun at your disposal, that only controls the ball. With this one mechanic, you face a series of increasingly-complicated obstacles. Also: undead zombies and mummies.

65

The both sides of The Ball

CriSilCart | March 5, 2014 | See all CriSilCart's reviews »

The story course is envelope, besides is innovator with the physics control and the environment interaction moreover than present a different story that can transport the gamer to that epoch. Is very challenging in the puzzle way and is entertaining that tie you to the character, and to the history. On the other hand the player sometimes lose the course of history because the game is not design in an intuitive form, and the IA of the opponents is not the best because it's common to see their fails and errors across the game, and was needed more history develop to make it popular and, maybe, to prolong the game to another prequel because is a very attractive idea

70

A good time waster

gforcesa | Dec. 28, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »

A good puzzle game with good graphics.The levels are really enjoyable and some are kind of tough to solve.The game wasn't that long which i didn't like.They could have done more with it but didn't.It does get boring at the end but it enough for one playthrough and nothing more.The game does deserve some attention considering its not your average puzzle game and is a good time waster.

82

Action packed!

Oblaque | July 30, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »

Action packed puzzle FPS with gorgeous graphics and unique gameplay. Beautifully rendered using Epic's Unreal Engine 3. Hopefully they add coop in a future update as that would be amazing. Definitely worth the purchase asking price of admission.

70

Really weird puzzle game.

FLD | July 7, 2013 | See all FLD's reviews »

On the surface, The Ball vaguely resembles Portal. It's a puzzler played from a first-person perspective and has you interacting with the environment through a gimmick item. But any similarities stop there. This is a different beast altogether.

It has a completely different tone and feel and the puzzles are actually quite different. Not as good as Portal. Not even close. But worth a look if you enjoy the genre.