Spectraball combines elements of platforming, puzzle solving, addictive gameplay, and stunning visuals to deliver an experience that sets a new standard for the genre. In addition, Spectraball utilizes Steamworks, offering full support for achievements and stat tracking.
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Release Date: Oct 20, 2008

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Spectraball combines elements of platforming, puzzle solving, addictive gameplay, and stunning visuals to deliver an experience that sets a new standard for the genre. In addition, Spectraball utilizes Steamworks, offering full support for achievements and stat tracking.

  • Roll, jump, and launch your way through several diverse and detailed environments
  • Addictive, fast-paced gameplay
  • Online leaderboards (see how you rank against players around the world!)
  • Achievement system
  • Unlock new abilities, maps, mini-games and skins
  • Enjoy free content updates that include new maps, abilities, mini-games, zones and achievements
  • Engage in some quick fun with a variety of mini-games
  • Xbox 360 and standard controller support
  • Included Map Editor with online sharing (make your own maps and share them with friends!)

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Supported OS: Windows® XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz or faster, AMD Phenom II or higher
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce® 5600 or equivalent (must support Pixel Shader 2.0)
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0 or higher
    • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
    • Supported OS: Snow Leopard (10.6) or newer
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz or faster, AMD Phenom II or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
    • Video Card: nVidia Geforce® 5600 or equivalent (must support Pixel Shader 2.0)
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41 of 58 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
This game was off to a grueling start when I got myself stuck against a wall in the hub world within the first minute (and somehow got a "7 seconds of airtime" achievment while doing so). After restarting the level, all the doors locked themselves for no good reason, forcing me to restart yet again.

Things only went downhill from there. The level design itself was boring, unimaginitive, and generally extremely easy, consisting of platforms made of dated textures suspended in vast amounts of empty space. Almost every level ended in the exact same way (one giant jump ramp to the finish). Most of the challenge came through the glitchy air physics and camera. I frequently lost my jumping ability for no good reason. Even if you do manage to get past it all, there's surpisingly little content for a game with the subtitle "Extended Edition". I finished the game start to finish in about an hour and a half (and then threw it on while I slept a year later when trading cards came out).

In the end, this both looks and feels like a tech demo from the late 90's than a proper game. It seems to be trying to be another Marble Blast or Super Monkey Ball, but it falls short in almost every imaginable way. Just roll right on past this old clunker.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2013
Spectraball is an impressive 3D version of the old 'Marble Madness' style of time based skill tester game. Guide your Spectraball through the maze as fast as you can trying to avoid the traps.

Controls are easy enough, but does take some practice to move & rotate camera together. I liked the level designs, each being very uniquely themed & scaling in complexity (although there are not many to choose from making it relatively short game). There are some challenging sections which need precise control of your ball, which I found myself dieing over & over. This wasn't overly frustrating as resetting is friendly.

I felt a sense of accomplishment when I figured the next step out sometimes as there are some areas you need to stop, look & discover what's next - its not always obvious or easy on later levels. So it may be relatively short, but the what you get in the content is good.

In 2012/13 the game got complete engine overhaul, now called the 'Extended Edition', including some additional content - now less buggy & it looks great! Awesome little game for the price! Not too many like it.

Found this video on the community hub that had some good gameplay in it if you want to see more (straight gameplay so may contain spoilers):
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=194797951 (Gameplay footage uploaded by WizFish)

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
It's not a great game. Everything is kinda mediocre, and there is a fair share of bugs, but it has its moments and I still had a lot of fun. I feel like I've been missing out all these years.

This is not a puzzle game, which is OK. The buttons add minimal depth; they just move or explode something to let you proceed. Thinking is limited to figuring out where to go, which can be frustrating but sometimes also fun.

Movement is also as simple as it gets. But it's all about the environments. There is a lot of variety and many interesting parts that require much attention to the execution.

I think this is the perfect game to practice the Steam Controller (mainly controlling camera).

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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2013
Maybe I was just not in the right frame of mind but... I just didn't find this game worth the bother of playing after going through the tutorial and first level.

Nuff said.
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Super fun game. Enjoyable mix of platform race and puzzle.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Awesome game!!! I would recommend this game to anyone who like challenges. It can be unforgiving at times but rewarding in return. I love the idea and concept of this game as I hope later on down the track there will be a DLC for more levels and other Mini Games for this, also maybe some extra mods for the ball other than the 3 that came with the game you have too unlock.
The game is challenging either way when using K/B & Mouse or XBOX 360 Controller, but can be played smoothly depending on what works for you.
Overall gameplay, graphics and music I am very content with what they have done. Shame the game has only 7 levels.
Graphics can be distracting and sometimes awkward when you have to move or view around to see where you have to go as objects sometimes block your vision.

Couple of minor glitches I had found while playing this game:
Random points through out the game the ball may either get stuck in corners or wedges.
Sometimes when jumping it doesnt always do it then and there. (Very rarely on odd occassions)
lvl 6 The TNT boxes sometimes get stuck and dont drop when needed too.
lvl 7 The last jump at the end you sometimes get stuck in free fall and forced to restart from the last checkpoint.

With only those minor glitches I have found, I still enjoyed playing this game and will enjoy playing it over again.
Personal rating: 7.5/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Took a spin with Spectraball and what can I say? It will make you cry until you laugh! Some levels seem impossible to pass until you round that next corner and have that ahah moment! The environments are typical allure featuring desert, winter. a few mountain locations and an outerspace challenge that does the platformer genre justice. This adventure with a rolling ball gets a spinning 6.5/10 from me :)

but there were some surprises here and there even though I expected a bit more. Level variety was lacking as far as exploration goes
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
Short Verdict: Another game I'd rate neutrally if I could. Some levels are very frustrating, but you could still have some fun for a short while. If you already have it, you might as well try it. If you don't, don't bother.

Overview: Spectraball is about rolling a ball through levels, managing speed, jumping around, taking physics into consideration and solving puzzles. Basically, it's a brainless platformer with a few puzzle elements.

  • Beautiful landscapes
  • The overall experience provides some fun
  • Unlockable items and skins for your ball sphere

  • Textures and graphics, when seen in detail (and not as a whole), leave much to be desired (but, to be fair, the game is from 2008)
  • Poorly positioned checkpoints make the game a bit more frustrating than it should be
  • The camera - oh, God, the camera! - sucks and it's one of the hardest aspects in the game
  • A bit on the short side
  • Controls sometimes feel a bit unnatural--at least when you're in the air, camera positioning affects the 3D movement, making some jumps harder than they should be
  • Puzzles seemed uninspired and are either too easy, or really frustrating because of either the camera or the controls
  • Extra minigames are boring and bland, not to mention the lack of BGM while you play them

Bought on: Steam Auction for 1400 gems. I feel slightly disappointed in myself for buying this game under these circumstances, but it wasn't a complete waste (it has trading cards, too). It's been as cheap as US$ 1.24 (R$ 3,56) on Steam Store.

Verdict: Spectraball is another game I'd rate neutrally if I could, but I can't really recommend anyone to buy this. Some levels are very frustrating, the lack of checkpoints, the camera and all that, but you could still have some fun for a short while. So if you already have it, you might as well try it. If you don't have it, don't bother.

Similar games: Other games where you roll a ball across levels while solving puzzles are InFlux, and Lost Marbles. While I haven't played any of those yet, the latter seems more promising to me.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
+ Leaderboards
+ You can actually find some shortcuts which makes speed running the maps even more fun!
+ Simple controls and camera is not bouncing around
+ Interesting environments and unlockable marble skins
+ Minigame challenges

- Still some minor bugs
- So called puzzles didn't offer any challenge
- Too Short
- Not really worth 4,49€ imo
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
Spectraball is told to be a puzzle and platformer game. While the platformer part may be right, it is not a real puzzle game as thinking is not required. The so-called puzzles are way too linear and obvious to be a challenge and the only hard thing is beating your own timerecord, which shouldn't be the case for a puzzle game.
The graphics may have a rather good quality compared to other games of the genre, but there are a ton of useless and not good-looking shaders that make the game look even more unrealistic than it already is because of the platforms hanging free in the air (which is of course needed to qualify the game as a platformer, the devs may think) An example of the shaders that were put in the game without thinking can be seen in the screenshots: Every surface reflects the magic shine of the ball, may it be stone, dirt or snow.
The level-design is done very poorly and broken. The major problems include but are not limited to: Way too easy and boring parts, shadows hiding passages that don't seem to be meant as a secret passage (It would make no sense to hide it), and most importantly: About 50% of the obstacles are easy to overcome by just speeding towards them and then jumping all over the puzzle, skipping the complete part that would of course not have been a challenge otherwise.
The gameplay is way too short. I was able to complete the whole game in only 2 [Edit: 3] hours of gameplay. I did not try to be as fast as I can and instead tried to have fun with the whole world, but there are no extra parts or passages in it, only the straight obvious ways the player needs to take. I also played many levels multiple times because I got tired of this game when I first tried it and then decided to play it completely several months later.

I definetely do not recommend the game. Only 2 [Edit: 3] hours of gameplay are not worth the price and I did not enjoy any level of it and would not even have bought it if it was on sale for 20% of the full price if I knew that before.
I remember playing Ballance on my old computer, if anybody knows that. It is not as fast as Spectraball but sure has its similarities, being a true puzzling and platforming game. Why don't you have a look at that instead?
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3.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good skill/puzzle game. Some of the levels are long however with no save game feature. You have to clear the complete level, no going back to it latter when its taking to long, you have to start the level again.
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12.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
it's a fun little game, nothing special but definitely worth the 74 cents i paid for it. one thing though, you're going to need a gamepad in one hand and a mouse in the other to play this. with a gamepad the camera controls are horrible, with mouse and keyboard the ball controls are atrocious. combining both will yield the best experience.
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16.7 hrs
Posted: August 4
10/10 Would play again.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: June 25
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 23
Very nice and relaxing game
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4.7 hrs
Posted: June 22
1st game I bought on steam had some fun, not amazing enough at full price but would recommend in a good sale.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: June 20
Very difficult game that becomes unpayable without a control. Nice graphics that tend to standard and awful voice that chirps failure every now and then to confuse the player along with a background buzz sound that draws you crazy. No shadow even at the highest video settings turns this 3D plataformer into a Sonic´s nightmare when you are bond to roll as a ball for the rest of eternity while escaping the forest, climbing the piramid to get into the crater´s of hell. LITERALLY.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: June 14
This is a great game! Horrible checkpoint locations and the steepest difficulty curve in a game since Dark Souls! Honestly, I just finished the game and its horrible! Sure the first 2-3 levels are fun, but after that the difficulty becomes so insanely hard you'll rage at the game like a drunken sailor! (And probably before that beacuse after level 1 (Tropical Islands), the game expects you to jump and roll perfectly! Thats one hell of a difficulty curve in my opinion! I do give credit though, the game looks nice and has amazing graphics, but it could be put to better use on more fun levels. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for tough, challenging games, but when it takes upwards of 25 minuites for a single, linear level due to terrible controls and near-impossible jumping, thats a bit too far! It kills any hope of joy or fun after the first few worlds. The later worlds all have a unique theme, but all share the exact same components.

The game also features a level creator, always a plus in my opinion. But it gives no instructions and unless you want to build a brick floor, is useless.

There are also mini games (All unlocked at the start), which are decent and make it feel more like a real game.

TL;DR: NEVER buy the game full price! It's not worth it, even if you are a marble/puzzle/platforming fan! Its not worth $5! It should be worth less than $1 (Or better yet, free since its basically a rage game). Its fun for a few hours, but grows frustrating very quickly (I got ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at world 2).

Honestly, if I could rate halfway, I would. But this game had me beating my desk and shouting curses for 2 nights in a row! And for that, it gets a downvote from me. If I had less than 2 hours I would get a refund from Steam. (Althrogh, there were some creative ways to beat a stage)

3/10 - Good visuals, but insanely hard and not very fun.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 10
-A fun genre.
-A decent idea.

-Completely fails at any attempt of a good momentum system.
-Poor level design.
-An attempt to cash in on the success of titles such as Super Monkey Ball and Marble Blast.

This game failed in all gameplay aspects. Horrid movement, poor level design, no way to change sensitivity on the joystick (the option is there, but it simply doesn't work).

Do yourself a favor and download Marble Blast Ultra instead of playing this game. It's free, and much better.
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Neon Henchman
16.2 hrs
Posted: April 25
A Marble game with basic rolling, jumping, and a selection of 3 powerups, where you have to go to the goal, solving certain puzzles and perform stunts. The simplicity in the controls is not at all a problem here, but instead there's a sever lack of polish.

Controls work about 50/50 as you'd want to, the puzzles and stunts don't even work well at best, navigation is confusing, even demanding you to backtrack quite a lot, and the levels kind of repeat themselves.

I can't say that I've had a splendid time, but, then again, I haven't seen much Marble games on Steam, so it's still a rarity on the site.
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