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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (502 reviews)
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

Arachnid Games Home
Artist's Tumblr
Arachnid Facebook

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 230 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game features an unique artstyle, as it's entirely drawn with a pen. The characters, the backgrounds, everything. In it you control a small creature who needs to fight to protect his homeworld from an "evil" force consisting of drawings that seek complete order in the universe: no random lines, weird creature, only perfectly designed and measured things.

Its gameplay has two distinct parts: platformer sections in which you explore around talking to different "people" and finding ink that you use to upgrade your ship, and shooter sections, in which you control a small ship against hordes of enemy ships. You can upgrade your ship in several ways: it can carry two different weapons, and you can give it different wings and such that give special abilities.

It's not that long, and the gameplay is simple, as it's controlled entirely with the mouse. Still, it's a good game, so I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I'm only ten minutes into this game and I'm in love. This is just a beautiful game. Fun to play casually and some of the coolest hand-drawn style graphics I've ever seen. Very unique in its visionary, some of the mini games so far are just Classic 80s arcade games. Ex: the first one you come upon is like an improved Galaga (I that's possible..)

Can't wait to put more time into this game and edit. For now, highly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you're into Indie platformer/sidescroller games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I think I picked this game up very cheap in a bundle. It wasn't until much later that I tried it. First, I have to say that I love the art direction of the game. Quite often, it seems that artistic games really aren't that great. However, this game is quite beautiful, runs very smoothly with modest specs, and is actually fun. It's definitely odd in a way that not too many games can pull off. I have only played it briefly to see what it was like, but I would definitely come back to this game at a later time.

Lastly, I wanted to add as someone had mentioned, that this game is mostly a 2D platformer/adventure game with heavy Shoot'em'up elements. Somehow, it works. This game is pretty, unique, and is a piece of art.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
7/10 is not bad game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
108.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I had no idea at all what this game was, but hey, a game for 1 ref why not! WOW, this game just blew my mind! The detail and hard work to make such a game purely out of the use of a ballpoint-pen (for the most part ^_^) is mind altering! I can spend an hour straight just trying to go through to each new round, upgrading and buying new guns and swords, or I can hop on for 10 minutes and just do a little ink farming! THIS IS A MUST NEED TYPE OF GAME!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This is a truly beautiful game.If you haven't guessed by the title name already,this whole game is made of art from jsut ballpoint pens.I can't imagine how long and such tidious work it took to complete.It's a shoot'em up style of game play and can be challenging but not too much.I would definetly recommend this game if you're a sucker for game art style like I am.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Fun and engaging shmup that can be played with just a mouse. The paper and ink art style is simple and pleasing. Music is not bad.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This game uses Unity engine, therefore, expect bugs and incompatibilities.

Controller and achievements do not work on Linux. There is no support for keyboard, only "pure mouse". Try to imagine walking around with the mouse... yes, it even sounds like a bad idea, but for some mysterious reason these devs here decided it was good enough to force you to use this aberration kind of control.

Devs think that they don't need to reply to users, and that we have the obligation to read 3 or 4 pages of old threads to make sure the problem has been previously reported a.k.a. "be your own customer support".

Stay away of anything that uses Unity engine, it brings headaches to the devs and users. Also stay away from unresponsive developers.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
One of the best casual-but-challenging shoot-em-ups.
I love the artstyle, I love the cute/dark story.
It proves that you can make little masterpieces with unity game engine.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
10/10 one of the most indie games i've ever played... (Also the first that's not minecraft) Also the graphics are unique and fun. It's fun.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
It was fun at the beginning and get bored later on.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I can't run this game, tried it on my PC and laptop and it crashes at "Loading" screen!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
As pretty as this game is, it's main thing is shooting with a ship. You oollect gold ink things and that's pretty much it.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
In general:
- game is terribly bugged in one place, after 13th level's creature which makes it impossible to complete (that is all 15 levels)
- gets boring really fast, as you get all the gun 'n' stuff you are invincable honestly
- graphics are original, seems like someone had lots of free time during classes, but that's a good thing
- lots of collecting: ship parts, some medals, sketches and thats all

I would give 4/10 because game is not even finished, not fresh, bt graphics are good (if it was finished, then I'd maybe give 5/10)

So, if you want to waste money on the game you can't even complete in 100%, well, good luck
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Mooi
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This game is a gem. First of all , the artwork is spectacular, I love how it is hand drawn and the doodles are quirky and unique. The gameplay is simple, just a typical shoot em up mixed with a bit of some platformer action, making it fun for a casual play to wind down after a long day at work. The controls were a bit annoying, especially how sensitive the mouse was, which resulted in a bit of frustration, Although, I believe you can use a controller, but I haven't tried it yet. The music is lovely and cute and yes, this game does have an interesting plot as well. If you are looking for a game that can give you hours of casual game play, this is a great game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
A pretty good shooter interspersed by a pretty mediocre platformer. Art style's alright too, and the soundtrack is pretty damn good.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Cool shmup with a nice original art style. You can switch between the "overworld" where you platform and accept missions, and the actual missions are the shmup part. Lots of ways to customize your ship, one of the first shmups I played with a melee weapon, which is really fun.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
It is short, but enjoyable.
Mixed long range gun & short sword system, the game really create something funny.

Play with a MOUSE! (^_^)
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