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.
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Mostly Positive (581 reviews) - 76% of the 581 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 17, 2013

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Reviews

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

“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 This 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!

Press
"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

Features

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.

Links

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb card or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 230 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows 8 Partially Supported At This Time (See Forum Post For Details)
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX Lion or later
    • Processor: 1.5mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb card or higher
    • Storage: 230 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (581 reviews)
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Sluggernot
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 4
How on earth do people dislike this game? It's got great art. It's very fun. And, it's extremely cheap. That's a recipe for greatness, I would think.
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pretumos
10.0 hrs
Posted: June 24
It's a pretty fun game. Really cool and interesting graphics, and nice shoot-em-up gameplay. Little replay value (I guess you could restart and choose to buy different ship parts), but the amount of content is good.
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Clar
0.8 hrs
Posted: June 11
A really not-that-great game. It looks decent on the surface, until you find out that it's just very poorly designed overworld movement plus some really simple shmup levels.
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Bagha
0.3 hrs
Posted: June 9
Really boring...
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SaintDam
12.6 hrs
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
Remember back at elementary school when you or some other kid in class used to draw little planes, cars, tanks and people (usually stick-men) on books blank areas? Adding little dots as weapon fire making them fight in an imaginary combat, most of the time resulting in a page full of smudges as explosions happened and stuff were 'destroyed'! Well if you miss that, then Ballpoint Universe: Infinite is right on 'point' to satisfy all the doddle commanders out there!

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite is an arcade shooter with some platforming action and lots of upgrades to choose from! To my big surprise, misled by the 'infinite' of the title, the game has a lovely story that you will uncover step by step as you play. You are a newdrawn doodle exploring an 'almost' 2,5D world (there is the concept of depth and you will notice some models to be closer of further away from the camera in each level), in which you will find doddle npcs to talk to, missions to take, a lot of exploring and some platform jumping. At the beginning you may feel that you have no idea why you do what you do or what is your purpose, these are revealed later on the story. There are tons of collectibles to find called 'golden doddles', some hidden in plain sight, while others through fake walls, also acing a mission will grant you one golden doddle! The main game, the shooter part, happens during the numerous story missions or at the infinite mode. The infinite mode, as the name hints, you play till you die. You gain resources called 'ink' by destroying stuff and you can see all enemies and bosses appearing in this mode. Additionally missions award you ink depending on your performance and for any destroyed enemy, you can always repeat a mission to improve it or to get some ink by the defeated enemies of that mission. With the ink you can upgrade and improve your ship, so you do better at missions or infinite mode thus more ink and more upgrades! Your ship consist of 4 parts, 2 weapons, 1 wing or hull and 1 nose. There are many weapons, from melee blades and shields to shotguns and rockets, each with its very own design, effectiveness and fire mode! The wing affects your hitpoints and may add special abilities, like ink magnet, to your craft. Lastly the nose defines what your special ability will do and how many times you can use it in succession. Each and every part is upgradeable up to level 3, upgrading weapons and noses will increase the overall damage of that part, while wings add durability and special skill effectiveness.

By 'right on point', besides the obvious pun, I want to highlight that everything you will see in this game is drawn by hand in notebooks or blank pages. You 'll be able to see the blue and red lines of a notebook page in many places! The models besides the big variety, feel unique and magnificently well made, even in the tiniest details. From ship parts to bosses, combat backgrounds to the numerous levels you will wonder as part of the story, each feels magnificent and carefully made. Even the level design is superb as many of the golden doodles are surprisingly well hidden!

The game has 3 control options, either keyboard, mouse or controller. Each really easy to grasp and use effectively. Personally I favored the mouse for two reasons, one, I felt it was better during combat, and two, it felt challenging to do the platform jumping with it! However it is advisable to change between them until you find which suits you most. The music, while not something exceptional, feels just enough to highlight each phase of the game, either the platforming or the combat! The only negative for me, is that you can't touch the markings that were created in the back of the page after you finished that well made sketch/doodle! Definitely an unappreciated title as it is a reminder that game development can be an art!

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This game was given to me by the steamified group.
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c.c.wolff
1.0 hrs
Posted: May 17
DasSpiel ist zweifellos originell und das Artwork kunstvoll. Leider haben die entwickler vergessen, dass es nicht ausreicht, "Kunst" zu machen, sondern das es da auch spieler gibt, die das Spiel auch spielen wollen. Da ist das erste große Minnus, daß nicht erklärt wird, weder wie Gsmepad oder Tasten belegt sind. Auch wird man in einer undurchsichtigen Geschichte völlig allein gelassen. Aber was soll es? Schließlich machen die Entwickler in Kunst, nicht wahr ? Da möchte man dann sicherlich auch gerne in ein Museum für "Modern Art" , was im übrigen auch der einzige Platz ist, wo ich mir dieses Spiel vorstellen kann. Ich aber bin diese halbgaren, nur halb gedachten und schludrig programmierten spiele wirklich leid und werde dieses spiel auch aus meiner Bibliothek entfernen lassen.
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Kinnear
5.1 hrs
Posted: May 12
not a bad game I managed to 100% it in around 4 hours . the art style is nice, gameplay is good however the platforming parts are awful with mouse but there are options to use a keyboard or gamepad. the missions and their bosses have some variety which is nice and the music can be pretty epic at times too, all in all id say it is worth checking out.
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Mightyelk
2.0 hrs
Posted: April 15
Nice style wasted for a boring shoot 'em up.
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|FEVER| WetElectronics
0.4 hrs
Posted: April 10
I would not recommend buying this game. I wanted to love it. maybe i just need to get further into it?
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
50 of 65 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2013
This game here, for the price its going is more than worth it. Just to be able to walk around and look at the art style is enough for me It's absolutely beautiful. I'd love to see some clones of this art style work its way into other genres, because im really enjoying looking at it.

As far as the gameplay itself, i have to admit it does leave a bit to be desired. Theres nothing really wrong with it so far from what ive seen, but there isnt anything groundbreaking either. It is a simple shoot em up, with simple controls. Although i see there is a lot of upgrading that can be done to your ship so that may change later on in the game, there may just be tools to come that make the gameplay more complex.

My opinion is, if you're even the slightest bit interested, go ahead and grab it now while its on sale. Hell, grab it while its not on sale. $4? Extremely nice game for that price. AND it drops trading cards, so you could get a bit of that 3-4 dollars back if you wish
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
This is a pretty game.
The art style is clever, unique and clear to make out.

Unfortunately, those are pretty much all the positive things that can be said about it.
Ballpoint Universe is half adventure-platformer and half level-based horizontal shooter, both halves have some glaring problems sapping the fun.

On the platformer side
You walk around a hand-drawn environment, finding new character to help so that you can unlock the next area. Helping a character involves playing a level in the horizontal shooter.
There's a plot in this half, and it's not that bad actually. The Doodles are in a war with the geometrical Logicians and it is your job to find out what's going on with the Logicians and how to stop the war.
The main gripe with this segment is that the controls are very, very weird. With three control schemes available (keyboard, mouse and controller. Mouse being the default) you'd think there was something in there for everyone's tastes.
Jumping is floaty to the point where it's almost impossible to accurately steer where your little doodle guy is going. This isn't such a big deal at first, but for some reason the developers decided that precision platforming is exactly what would make the second half better.

On the horizontal shooter side
The first impression here is a lot better, which is good since this is the meat of the game.
You fly around in a little ship with 4 customizable parts (2 weapons, a hull and a type of special weapon with limited uses) destroying or dodging all enemies until you get to the boss of the level, that you then have to defeat. You then get Ink to spend on getting new parts and upgrading existing parts (Ink can also be earned in the platformer half, but has no use there).
Pricing on new gear is very high though, so you'll need to fly a lot of missions before you're able to get that heat seeking missile pod (not the ultimate weapon, just my personal favourite).
There's some finesse where some enemies have armour that can only be bypassed with melee weapons, so it's generally a good idea to bring one gun and one melee weapon.
What frustrated me here is a minor detail, but one that I couldn't exclude here. The heat seeker missiles I mentioned are excellent when they work as intended, and are even capable of getting around those pesky melee-only shields. However, the targeting on them is way off. Missed enemies that are by now far behind you and out view, scenery, enemies that haven't spawned yet, everything gets targeted by it. This is more apparent on some levels than on others, but especially since it's such a late-game weapon where players will have had to save up Ink for dozens of missions, it just reeks of poor design and/or testing.

Ballpoint Universe isn't a bad game, but beyond the distinctive graphics there just isn't anything exceptional there.
You can enjoy it, but the same can be said more so of a lot of other games on offer.
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
I want to recommend this game, I really do, but between horrible platforming sections (this game is actually a shmup) with extremely confusing controls and a lot of stuff going on in foreground in shmup sections (making it hard to dodge projectiles) I cannot. The art style is fun and amusing and there are enough upgrades to chose any playstyle you might need. Ranged weapons are extremely weak though, and I very quickly found myself picking up a couple of melee blades and playing the rest of the game with them.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
Ballpoint Universe is truly an astonishing game with a unique artstyle since everything in the game is drawn with a ballpoint pen! The graphics are so detailed and you can really see how much love and passion has gone into making the game. For this to be a game made by only three people, it's amazing.

Now that I've gotten that covered let's talk a little bit about the key features and gameplay. The story isn't too linear and you can choose if you want to do a mission or not which is good because it means that you are not going to be stuck on a part just because you are unable to beat it. You can in a sense explore the hand drawn world freely just to admire the artstyle and graphics. The controls are pretty good although the mouse might sometimes bug out a bit but it doesn't seem to be such a huge deal. The game is a shoot-em-up adventure indie game and even though I don't consider myself a big shoot-em-up fan this is really quite enjoyable. The whole shoot-em-up aspect of the game is relatively well excecuted and it is fun blowing evil doodles out of the sky.
There is a fair amount of customization/personalization of your spaceship and there seems to be a lot of different weapons and accessories. The currency ingame is ink which makes sense since that is what everyone and everything in the game is made of. The ink that you collect through missions can be used for things like weapons for your ship and spinning the wheel of fortune for more ink.

As for the story there is some but for the hardcore story fans it might be too little of it but this isn't the kind of game that would need a really heavy story. If I was to try and explain the story I would probably say that it is basically about a doodle who is helping his fellow doodles in the fight against the evil doodles which in the game are called Logicians.
The game also features some great relaxing music and even though the tracks are pretty repetetive you don't want to turn it off.

It costs barely anything and you could easily get several hours out of it. Even though I haven't dived into it too deeply yet I can see myself playing it for more than a few hours when I get the chance. Even if you aren't quite sure if you want to buy it or not you should really consider it since it really is an experience to say the least. Innovative games like this one is what makes me love indie titles as much as I do.

I won't deny that the game has a few flaws but I believe that even the harshest critic could have a really good time if you try to see what the game does well instead of what it does badly.

An overall great game and for the little money that you spend on it, you get enough out of it that it kind of is a must buy for almost everyone.

- Liam
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Ballpoint Universe is quirky at its finest. From the odd mix of 80% shootemup and 20% adventure platforming, the awkward controls that you need to get used to and the odd but cutely presented story and characters that come with it. My wife really liked the main character, but was questioning her nose. At the start it all is a bit confusing cause it’s not often you start a game like that, to be honest I think that was the 1st game of this kind I ever played to begin with and I really enjoyed the game as a whole. It's not too hard or easy, the weapon and ship upgrades are numerous and feel pretty unique (by design anyway). It's fun to see the uses for each item “even the crappy ones” and just start collecting everything while finishing the rather short storyline. Plenty of replay ability if you want to get each and every achievement, as long as you don't mind some repetitiveness. I think the story mode could have done with one or two more worlds though, but it's enough for its price (and budget, I presume). Just the pleasure of looking at all worlds which created the artist (developer) is worth it all.
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
Well, this one really caught me by surprise. When I first saw Ballpoint Universe - Infinite on Steam Greenlight it didn't really caught my attention but the more I saw it on several youtube videos and some gaming website news the more I got fond of the artstyle, slowly I started developing a certain "appreciation" for the fact that everything on the game was hand drawn. Then when I got the game and finally played I was completely blown away by it, the way that the 2D sprites that were completely hand drawn and the way the animations were made really fitted the world and the background and everything felt really smooth. You can say that Ballpoint Universe is both a platformer and a sidescrolling shooter, like something like Syder Arcade. You control your little doll with the mouse, and let me warn you, it is kinda frustrating at the begining because your character moves towards where you have the cursor so in certain parts where high precision platforming is required you might fail a few times until you get the hang of it. Now, the shooting part is where you'll spend most of your time probably, at the begining of each stage you get to equip, upgrade or buy parts for your ship. Your ship has 4 slots, one on the top which starts out with a blade that activates when you're next to an enemy, one on the bottom which at first has a machine gun that fires in short bursts, one which is the hull of the ship and the last one is your active ability which you can use after you kill a certain number of enemies and you "build" up your star counter, it basicly works like a combo system. By upgrading your weapons you get increased range, bigger spread, bigger magazines / faster reload time, by upgrading your hull you can get various benefits such as increased health, homing missiles etc and by upgrading your active ability I believe it only improves the performance of that ability. These upgrades and new parts can be acquired by spending ink which is the game currency and you can get it by killing enemies, destroying obstacles and achieving a higher rank on a mission. Each mission has 3 ranks which you can get by completing them, if you don't die a single time during that mission or if you recover a life you'll end the mission with 5 lifes and that will give you the gold rank, having atleast lifes by the end of the mission will grant you the silver rank and 1 life will grant you the bronze rank. If I recall correctly the bronze rank gives you 100 ink while the silver rank gives you 200 ink and the gold rank gives you a collectible, which as the name indicates, you can collect either by getting gold rank on all the missions and by finding some hidden in the levels. The shooting gameplay is fairly standard but yet really satisfying, your melee weapon triggers as soon as you get in range of an enemy or obstacle and by left clicking you trigger your ranged weapon and eventually when you build up your star meter the middle mouse button will trigger your special ability, usually by the end of the mission you will fight a boss and as the game progresses the game throws at you more and more enemies which you can either kill or completly avoid. Overall I think that where the game really shines is it's graphical presentation, the soundtrack (which is really good, dare I say Electronic Super Joy level of awesomeness) and the plot. I do realize that the plot might not be that interesting for some people because it's really kind of weird but I do believe that given the graphic style chosen by the developer it makes sense and it really fits together. That said I honestly think this is a very good game which surprised me alot, I wasn't really expecting this to be this polished and really well put together, it certainly is a must play for indie games fans and art enthusiasts.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2015
Ballpoint Universe - Infinite short review.

Pros :
+ It got decent and unique art
+ Beat em up shooter with customizable arsenal and different type of enemy

Con :
- Story?

It's a good game, but honestly I didn't know what I have been doing in this game.
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26 of 39 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
This game is just a masterpiece. I simply cannot put the words together to explain how great of a game and how masterfully it was putting together. 10/10 -Some random dude on Steam that loves this kind of game
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Don’t know if it was just me, but I really didn’t like the controls in this game. They were just really wonky no matter what settings I used. The gamepad joystick was too sensitive for the shooting parts, but not sensitive enough on the menus. And the mouse controls were horrible for the platforming bits.

The platforming bits seemed unnecessary. Why not just give us a menu-based level hub instead of constantly shifting between two types of gameplay?

The shoot em parts were quite fun, but felt like they could have been done a lot better. The worst part was how often enemies would go off screen. If enemies go off screen in a shooter, they’re not supposed to come back!! But in this game, they do, quite often. Most of the enemy movement patterns depended on your movement, so you often had to move in a way that would keep them on screen. That’s pretty annoying.

Anyway, I played the game for the artstyle, and it surely delivered on unique graphics. The melee weapons on your ship were fun too. But overall I wasn’t too impressed.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
After playing this game, I feel like drawing something. This game plays like a shmup( Shoot them up) if you're not familiar with games where you're a spaceship to destrory enemy planes or aliens. But what's unique about the game is everything is done in Ballpoint; you're always introduced to new and vibrant art that keeps coming in your face. When I first played this game, I was confused either to say if it was a platformer and a shmup. I feel like the platforming sections are really weak and presents a flaw when you're trying to go to many platforms. Controls don't feel tight so you have to rely on your mouse or keyboard/game pad for the jumping sections. The game works as you collect inkblots to upgrade, buy new parts to your ship which adds a lot of customization to how you want to approach things. You want a sword and gun combo? Done. You want to protect yourself and use missiles? Done. You just want to go commando and use dual melee or guns? Sure thing. Its very rewarding when you upgrade because it helps with ranking on missions. I recommend this to anyone who wants to try it out, the game can keep you playing for hours and it's not entirely hard ( The wheel can give you 40k inkblots if you're having trouble) if you're new.
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