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Ballpoint Universe Infinite is a shoot-em-up adventure game featuring artwork entirely drawn in ballpoint pen. Explore immaculate worlds, discover the secrets of the doodles, and customize your Ink-Ship for battle! Press "Ballpoint Universe Infinite is too exuberant to ignore.
Release Date: Dec 17, 2013
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Japan and Linux

March 6th, 2014

We're pleased to announce two big things! First, Ballpoint Universe will be available in Japanese starting today. Thanks to Unity Games Japan, we have a fully localized Japanese version! We'll be premiering the game at BitSummit this evening. EXCITE

Another big dealio--

For our small but dedicated task force, the Linux version is now available! We tried to get everything working the same as the Windows version, however gamepad controls aren't available on Linux.

Anyways, thanks everyone! We're having a week-long sale in celebration of these two events. Enjoy~~

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Linux version unofficially out.

February 19th, 2014

Testing some things with the Steam interface, so the game is technically downloable for linux, but has no guarantees of working as of yet. We will post a large post sometime later to announce it out officially.
Thanks for your patience.

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“...imaginative visuals and satisfying customization options are compelling driving forces.”

“I enjoyed my time in this flowing and visually layered creation so, whatever the might-have-beens, on one level that has to be enough.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Ballpoint Universe is a visually astonishing game with really intuitive controls and enjoyable gameplay.”
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About the Game

Ballpoint Universe Infinite is a shoot-em-up adventure game featuring artwork entirely drawn in ballpoint pen. Explore immaculate worlds, discover the secrets of the doodles, and customize your Ink-Ship for battle!

"Ballpoint Universe Infinite is too exuberant to ignore." - Gamespot

"Holy Crap, This Entire Game Is Drawn In Ballpoint Pen" - Kotaku

"I’m not in any way, shape, form, or doodle of a mechanical steampunk owl creature writing this one off. It’s positively packed with promise..." - Rock Paper Shotgun

"There comes a point in every artist’s life where they see something so amazing, so unreal, that they question what the hell it is that they’re doing with their own life. Watching the trailer for Ballpoint Universe is one of those times for me." - Daily of the Day


Explore incredible hand-drawn worlds

Customize your ship

Take missions and blast through waves of enemies

Test your skills in Infinite Mode

About the Developers

Arachnid Games is a fancy name for what is really just three dudes who love making games together. We're based in Berkeley, CA, and started in 2012.


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PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb card or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 230 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows 8 Partially Supported At This Time (See Forum Post For Details)

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OSX Lion or later
    • Processor: 1.5mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb card or higher
    • Hard Drive: 230 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
206 products in account
37 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
Ballpoint Universe is a beautiful shmup with guns and melee weapons. Between the stages you'll explore the cities like a platform game: running, jumping and talking with characters that tells you the story. The difficult is just right, but if you want a real challenge, try to clear levels flawlessly. There's also an infinite mode to keep you occupied. For this game, you'll get more than your money's worth. On sale it's an absolutely steal!
Posted: March 12th, 2014
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
527 products in account
5 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
Cool concept brought low by ♥♥♥♥ controls, ♥♥♥♥ checkoint save system, and nauseatingly bad platform physics. Cool and fun, until it's not.

To elaborate:
Mouse is awesome for the shmup part. Sucks for the platforming part.
Keyboard sucks for both.
Gamepad, which i have not tried, is hopefully decent for platforming, but can't possibly be better than mouse for shmup.

Checkpoints suck for everything.

As for the physics, there's too much inertia and bouncing and sliding off stuff you are trying to land on is the rule, not the exception. Either bounding box issues or, again, the wack controls (and/or just something about the jump trajectory envelope) make it seem cheap and low-tech, like a phone game, or a flash game, as you are constantly denied on fundamental jumps.

Cool and fun, until it's not. I want to like this game but I quickly lost patience with the repetition brought on by the playability issues mentioned above. The game wants you to explore it, but you won't want to. And you can't just go "100% shmup", AFAICT.

I'm still recommending it cuz it's at least worth a check-out, but ..... well, all I can say is, maybe I should have bought "Ballpoint Universe - Just the First 4-5 Levels, Until It Starts Getting Dickish", instead of "Ballpoint Universe - Infinite". YMMV, I suppose.
Posted: February 7th, 2014
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
39 products in account
9 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
Not fun at all. You'd get more entertaining playing Tetris as this game is just about holding your M1 clicked for 15 minutes straight (if not in the infinite mode...) and move around dodging enemies. Your secondary weapon acts automatically, and the world out of that 'spaceship game' isn't too beautiful to look at, the characters don't have much to offer apart from another of those 15 minute long challenges.

Don't buy pls.
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
13 products in account
1 review
1.4 hrs on record
Generic space shooter, with badly contolled platformer as a wrapping paper. Clever visuals wasted on a boring game, waste of talent.
Posted: March 11th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
849 products in account
130 reviews
4.3 hrs on record
Ballpoint Universe is a very unique game taking after scrolling shooter games like Raiden. The game's graphics are almost entirely hand-drawn with, like the name says, a ballpoint pen. This gives the game a very unique look and the lore of the game is designed around that as well. I greatly enjoyed this aspect of the game, though I think the story could have been fleshed out better.

The gameplay is pretty standard sidescrolling shooter fare but features an upgradable ship with a good variety of weapons and hull upgrades that provide different bonuses. It even features melee weapons which are extremely powerful but obviously dangerous to use and shields to protect your ship. I haven't played a similar game with permanent upgrades or melee weapons and it's a nice change of pace.

The game is pretty easy with enemies not posing much of a challenge if you have decent upgrades on your ship. There is a lot of enemy variety however and they are all very creative, being very different from what I've seen in other games. It makes the game much more enjoyable than a standard side-scrolling shooter with equivalent difficulty.

My main criticism of the game is the overworld. Outside of the ship missions the game plays like a 2D platformer with the player exploring the game world to find information about the story and new missions. Unfortunately the platforming controls don't work particularly well, especially jumping which completely kills your momentum with even a small bump against an object and makes climbing stairs much more difficult than it should be. The areas are quite large and can be confusing to navigate, especially since there is no map function than I have been able to find. Near the end of the game you need to jump across moving platforms which makes the poor controls even more of an issue.

This is only a small mark on the game however. The platforming is only required to play through the story and endless mode is available from the start. The rest of the game is very enjoyable and if you're the type of person who wants greater difficulty, endless mode increases difficulty as you progress through the waves, moving towards a full fledged bullet hell game later on.
Posted: February 19th, 2014
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
511 products in account
139 reviews
3.8 hrs on record
Jeez, for $3 what is there to complain about here? Nothing. Nice little game. It's like an old arcade side scroller which is a bit of a walk down memory lane, playing things like 'R-Type' back in the day. Graphics are interesting. Music does the job. Nice to see they went straight for mouse control not the x-box controller. Buy it and give the developers a couple of bucks to encourage them on their future path of game design.
Posted: December 18th, 2013
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