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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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$3.99

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.”
Noob Feed

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!

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

Arachnid Games Home
Artist's Tumblr
Arachnid Facebook

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 29
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 18
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Visuals are wonderful and controls are awful. 'Nuff said, unfortunately.
Posted: May 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
A small, repetitive, yet still enjoyable side-scrolling SHMUP game with small bits of a platformer. Speaking of the platformer part, it becomes pretty annoying towards the end of the game, until you finally master to aim your jumps using a mouse. But thankfully, it's only a minor part of Ballpoint Universe and you'll spend like 9/10 of time flying around and shooting enemies, which is executed fairly good. Flying controls are great and a large number of various equipment gives this game plenty of replayability. There is not much to say about the graphics: as you can see, they are beautifully-executed and look decent. Also, there are some fatal bugs that can make completing the game impossible, but if you try to stick to the plot rails, you won't encounter them.
But nonetheless, while playing I couldn't get rid of a feeling that this game lacks something. It just feels somewhat wrong, empty, unfinished. But it brought me many hours of fun anyway. Totally worth it's price.
Posted: July 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Not going to lie, I played this game to grab the cards lol

If you like side-scrolling jet fighter games, you will really like this game. It is the right amount of challenging to keep most type of gamers engaged. The artwork is really, really refreshing in that it is all hand-drawn with a pen. There is also platforming elements involved if you like achievement hunting/collecting.

The grinding is reasonable because you periodically pick up these "infinite" orbs that allow you to start from progressively higher levels (so you don't have to start from wave 1 every time).

The music is very good, I usually play my own music in the background when I play games, but that was unnecessary for this game.

For the price, I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy shoot-em-up games.
Posted: July 4
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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
Posted: December 17, 2013
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Awards

Indie Of The Year 2013's Visuality Award