IonBall 2: Ionstorm is an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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IonBall 2: Ionstorm is an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.

Battle through 60 formidable levels and 3 boss levels with a multitude of enemies; each with their own unique abilities. Upgrade your armament from a range of weaponry such as the mighty machine-gun upgrade for the ball, or the rampant rail-gun for your bat; Ionball 2: Ionstorm will set blood pumping and pulse racing like no other ball game before it!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 ghz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 or higher. ATI HD 3850 or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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Mostly Positive (430 reviews)
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Tartrazine
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
a Breakout clone with really ugly 3D graphics. I liked Wizorb enough to play through it on Xbox, but this is just lame.
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Jackaler
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Really fun blockbreaker.
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adhi_p
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Oke lah
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doofer20
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
glad i bought this game. fun time killer with great gameplay and music
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Evil Panda
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Pretty simple game, just bounce a ball into stuff and press a button to activate powers, not much to it, no real storyline just a little intro sequence introducing map. Takes 3 hours for a single playthrough of all 5 tiers.
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Heretic666
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Looks greate. I would love to play it but in the options i cant change the controls because there are no controls! You use your mouse and you can't even change the sensivity. Other than that its a good game. 4/10
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QuadAces
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
It's a good game.
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jamescrab1
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
This game is awesome.
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CalebAlpha
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
Addictive but very painful. Nice music but the pretty explosions and effects will usually take your eye of the ball and prove fatal.

I honestly can't tell if I liked it or not after completeing it, was a bit of a schlog. Yeah well I think this should be bought on sale when its nice and cheap.

Its fun but Arkanoid is way better.
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Horror Fox :3
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Hey everyone and this is my review about the game!

This is a "Breakout" game. (search on google what it is)


Interface/Menu/Settings

I personally find the Main menu Music an annnoyance and disturbing.
You can slide the music and sound volume with the bar. The % will tell you how high/low it is.
You can play this on fullscreen or windows mode.
With multiple graphics quality.
it has many resolution sizes.
There is a leaderboards, but nobody cares i think.
There are 2 game modes. "Endless survival" and Story mode.

About the game.

There are passives and active upgrades
You are able to upgrade your balls! HA!!.. and your BAT!! HA!!.. with experience.
At the right side you will see "Codex". This gives you information about enemies and items.
There is a death and a time counter.
The ball is highlighted with some Neon Lights.
It has Techno/Dance Music.
The longer the ball is rolling the bigger your bonus will be. Because the bonus bar is going higher and higher overtime. However the speed of the ball will also be increased overtime.

Enemies will drop green chips, which will give you some Experience. So make sure you pick them up with the Bat or you will lose it.

If you have run out of lives and you are game over, Your score will be deleted and you get 3 lives again.
You get 1 live everytime you beat a level.

You get extra bonus score points if you have managed to complete a level without dying.
You can choose the level on the current floor, but once beaten you can't redo it.


Other things.

The game goes quite fast. Im not sure if slower machines would have an advantage coz the game will run slower.
I am terrible at this game.
The Neon Light from the ball COULD be a distraction or difficult time to follow the ball.

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I Give this game a 7/10
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[EDF] Shadow Dragon™
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Sorry to say but I just couldn't play it. The colour scheme, the effects around the ball... ♥♥♥♥ them!
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Berphet
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
I play Lonbaal on the phone, but other version for Android e.e I played this when I was younger, and I play it now c: (sorry for that english, I'm learning) nice game and easy to play c:
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jacob200x
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
it could do without the dubstep and the worthless upgrade system
but It is breakout
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︻╦╤─ Hi I'm Alex Ω
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
Easy to play, perfect for time killing :D
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Hey everyone and this is my review about the game!

This is a "Breakout" game. (search on google what it is)


Interface/Menu/Settings

I personally find the Main menu Music an annnoyance and disturbing.
You can slide the music and sound volume with the bar. The % will tell you how high/low it is.
You can play this on fullscreen or windows mode.
With multiple graphics quality.
it has many resolution sizes.
There is a leaderboards, but nobody cares i think.
There are 2 game modes. "Endless survival" and Story mode.

About the game.

There are passives and active upgrades
You are able to upgrade your balls! HA!!.. and your BAT!! HA!!.. with experience.
At the right side you will see "Codex". This gives you information about enemies and items.
There is a death and a time counter.
The ball is highlighted with some Neon Lights.
It has Techno/Dance Music.
The longer the ball is rolling the bigger your bonus will be. Because the bonus bar is going higher and higher overtime. However the speed of the ball will also be increased overtime.

Enemies will drop green chips, which will give you some Experience. So make sure you pick them up with the Bat or you will lose it.

If you have run out of lives and you are game over, Your score will be deleted and you get 3 lives again.
You get 1 live everytime you beat a level.

You get extra bonus score points if you have managed to complete a level without dying.
You can choose the level on the current floor, but once beaten you can't redo it.


Other things.

The game goes quite fast. Im not sure if slower machines would have an advantage coz the game will run slower.
I am terrible at this game.
The Neon Light from the ball COULD be a distraction or difficult time to follow the ball.

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I Give this game a 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
It's a good game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A great game especially for the price I bought it for. Ionball 2 has a campaign mode with upgradable weapons/advantages and the other being a challenge mode, which feels no different but then again I haven't really progress far enough to tell much about it.

The only negative thing I can say is the visual might be too much and will probbaly throw you off in the location of the ball but the developers provide you with an option to configure it to your liking. I have no idea what to elaborate on, its a pretty straight foward game. (Nice visual, fun, and simple but yet challenging at times)

This would be a great addition to your steam library.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Very challenging little arcade "Breakout" type game. Nice graphics, no bugs I could find. Levels are nicely designed. Takes a real soft touch like any breakout type game, and god relexes. Had a lot of fun with this.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
TL;DR: Arkanoid-like, Ionball 2 is a fun and challenging game of arcade action.

Lately, arcade games of old have been making a return in new clothes. Ionball 2 joins the fray, imitating such classics as Breakout and Arkanoid. In case you don't know those titles, in it you control a "paddle" that you use to ricochet a ball towards enemies. On hit the ball hurts or destroys them. You musn't let the ball fall off the stage lest you lose.

Old recipe, new flavours

The idea is simple enough but it has been seen many times. Fortunately Ionball 2 introduces several twists to the common core, many of them a convenience.

There are several enemy types. Most of the droids are stationary and just wait there to be killed. Some are moving, others fly into the air to become effectively indestructible for a while since the ball can only hit stuff on the floor. Perhaps the most irritating one is the droid that keeps a shield made of droids that gets replaced as you smash them away. Interesting one is the indestructible wall enemy that dies only when you kill its special key droid.

There are also support droids that can only be targeted by specific weapons (more about weapons in a bit). For example: "the healer" fixes damaged droids and another shoots a blaster beam towards your ship, eventually killing you if you can't dodge. Especially one must watch out for death droids that rush down when hit and kill your ship instantly if not dodged.

To help beat up the droids there are occasional, fairly familiar power-ups: every once in a while an enemy will drop a power cell that either splits the ball into three or empowers it so it goes through enemies, insta-killing them on hit. Another nice feature is the super laser that automatically shoots droids at random. It's especially convenient when trying to hit that one last elusive droid and lets you finish levels faster.

Why don't you just shoot them?

Controlling a spaceship of some kind, you can also upgrade your ship and unlock weapons. They are bought with the experience collected from the beaten enemies. It's a nice idea to bundle with the ball game! Shop sells health and damage upgrades, paddle size and similar things as well as weapons that act like skills.

Weapons can be used once per level per life. They include stuff like laser beams, rail guns and kamikaze ball, as well as rockets that can only be used to shoot at some special enemies. A couple of weapons only affect the ball, e.g. equipping it with a machine gun or making it electric and thus causing damage over time effect on hit.

Weapons are a cool touch but being only able to use them once per life makes them rather limited. The annoying aspect of theirs is the way you have to cycle through them (mind though, there might be a keyboard shortcut that I just didn't find). It's inconvenient to find your desired weapon this way. Also, if kamikaze is your last weapon you have to be careful not to use it because obviously it kills the ball and consequently your ship.

Finally, there are bosses: special "monster" robots of huge size. The first one is quite classic since it's be killed by ricocheting the ball against its core but the two others are more special.

Bosses shoot and attack in several patterns, but in the later bosses you don't have the ionball to fight with but instead have to find the special means yourself, which is cool and different for a game like this. The ending boss is really tough though and needs practice to survive through.

Not without flaws

It's obvious it's meant to be casual yet challenging game. The enemies and game mechanics are familiar enough but the ball moves fast and enemies explode in happy flashy displays (and thankfully if it's too flashy the FX effects can be minimized in the options). It's good there's two camera views for different players. The standard one made it hard (for me) to follow the ball and assess where it's going since the level is tilted. Thus I used the classic, over-head version that was adequate. Music is electronic style, pretty generic but very appropriate for the game.

It's not totally free of bugs. I experienced freezes a few times at the end of a level so that I couldn't exit the level or do whatsoever and was forced to ALT+F4. Fortunately it auto-saves between levels so it was just inconvenient at best and irritating at worst (after a longer or more difficult level). Once the ball was stuck exactly between armored shield droids and wouldn't move at all forcing me to restart the level.

The level selection is initially rather confusing since the level selection wheel consists of tiny flashing lights on the dark floor. Generally the interface has many numbers and symbols so it takes a while to get used to.

MU-MU-MU-MULTIBALL!

All in all, it's a decent, fast-paced action arcade game and a fun update on the original concept. The main game can be played through once in 2-3 hours but to unlock everything about two playthroughs are needed because of the large amount of upgrades - for me it took 6 ½ hours to 100% everything.

For the more competitive lot there's curiously named Assault Tower mode that one can play forever for highscores. There are no upgrades, instead you grab power-ups that both make you stronger and help you beat the levels faster. I found the mode challenging yet casually pleasant to play. It even has different levels than the main mode.

It's a cheap game for brief fun and short sessions of testing reflexes. It's also fast to pick up and quit if your real life demands it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Very nice game with nice atmosphere & music.

Main Mode: 4/5
Tower Assault: 5/5
Graphics: 4/5
Music 5/5
Achievements: Fair & Easy

Worth the price 3,99€?No,buy it at sales like me (0,39€)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Whack A ball, destroy drones, use AWESOME items what more has to be said?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Only real beef is the silly having to catch your XP mechanic, so you're basically having to watch the ball AND try to catch your XP at the same time = 2 different visual tracks to follow at same time. This can be helped though with an XP magnet upgrade. Very challenging game to say the least. Aside form that...

Great reincarnation of the classic arkanoid style game.
Many power-ups, cool fx and tough end bosses, plus additional Tower Assault mode, which means 90+ levels of pure brick madness. Higly recommended arcade action!
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55 of 63 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
Ionball 2: Ionstorm is a AAA 3D Arkanoid / Breakout clone that features hardcore Arkanoid and Breakout like game-play and introduces many original concepts to individualize itself in a crowded genre. The game's difficulty and speed are jacked from the very first board. The speed of the game is extreme and powerups and weapons take some time to acquire making the game at first somewhat difficult to acclimate to.

In Arkanoid and most clones, weapons drop as each board is played. Ionball 2 implements an XP system where XP is released from defeated enemies and needs to be caught with the "bat". Upon board completion the XP becomes your currency to which you can use to purchase both passive and active upgrades for use on all boards.

There is a scoring system as well as a continue option if you trigger game over and which will deduct from your running tally if utilized. The Steam Punk levels are hub based in that you may play any of the 10 boards in the current hub in any order. Once completed, the final level of the hub will need to be completed to advance to the next hub. The game features over 60 levels and 3 boss levels.

Ionball 2 is intense and requires serious concentration especially with the crazy particle effects employed in the game. Outstanding graphics, sounds and a pulse pounding musical score complement the well animated enemy designs. Many boards are littered with different droids which have distinctive responsibilities. Some for example may replenish life of worn down enemy units.

With Arkanoid clones there was always the issue of the last remaining enemy. Many clones just leave the enemy on the board until hit. Ionball 2 rewards you by eliminating an enemy if you've kept the ball alive. This is applicable not just for the last enemy but from the start of the board to it's completion. Given the speed of the game, this mechanism works as a reward to the player for keeping the ball in play.

Ionball 2 features spectacular effects and explosions. While the game is just marvellous to look at, all of the pretty effects may interfere with your concentration and thereby increasing the difficulty in an already difficult game and jacking the intensity.

Ionball2: Ionstorm, challenging, polished and overall an indie gem.

http://youtu.be/AFYSH55uRwo
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
First, I should let you know that while I LOVE Arkanoid-style games, I have never enjoyed an Arkanoid-like game with 3D graphics.

I wanted to enjoy Ionball 2, but for me, the gameplay felt extremely frustrating. The ball does not always travel at the same speed (slows down when near the paddle), and the angles don't always make sense. All the fancy graphics, while very well done, are so flashy that it's hard for me to keep track of the ball. Maybe it's just my eyesight, but I get so overwhelmed with the flashing, explosions, and falling "XP" to collect that I often fail from distraction more than from a lack of ability.

For my money and time, I'd much rather play Wizorb, which I can easily recommend (and which happens to be 2D).
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
Great reincarnation of the classic arkanoid style game.
Many power-ups, cool fx and tough end bosses, plus additional Tower Assault mode, which means 90+ levels of pure brick madness. Higly recommended arcade action!
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
This Feels So Good! Pure Dopamine! :D*

This revitalization of the old classic games like Arkanoid is the very definition of a next-gen game! The best I have ever come across. Amazing job bringing an old game mechanic to a whole new level!

* Better go see your doctor before playing it. This game has a strong neuro-active impact on your brain. xD
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
I'd really like to love this game, but I can't. The main problem is the visibility of the ball. It's the most important pillar in these kind of games. When a ball is full off effects and it pulls a chemtrail-like shinging line, and the whole screen has the same kind of effects, then you'll lose soon.

Just give us a normal ball please :-(
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
This is what you get when Ping Pong and and atari space invaders come together.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
An excellent game.

Just finished after 5 hours, though you can continue by playing through the levels again another time -- continuing to upgrade your character.

It's a great way to increase your reaction speed. It's basically an upgrade to the classic games Breakout (Atarii 2600) and Arkanoid.

Your job is to kill the brick-shaped aliens by spending for a glowing "ionball" that slowly injures them until they die. The ball moves quickly, the explosions are a great distraction that makes it hard to follow the ball, and there are tons of upgrades to make the game exciting and give you different levels of replayability.

No crashes, but I found two minor bugs that required the restart of the level. But that has no effect on your game.

Graphics begin at 640x480 and go up.

Music is nice, but there's dubstep and I know some of you don't like that. Of course, you can turn down the volume so you don't hear it if you prefer.

The level design toward the end of the game is exceptional and I highly commend the level designer.

I don't like that you can die even after you finish off the last "alien brick", your lives max out at 10, and there are no level numbers (ragingly annoying).

But other than that, I find this to be a quality game.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
Holy Moly - after 2 mins I was all

"I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING - HOW THE HELL - BAD REVIEW THIS!!!"

Then I went into the options, dialled the fx down, switched to the overhead camera and it got a LOT better!!

This isn't one of those breakout games where you carefully knock the ball around trying to get that last brick - it's frenetic and BONKERS busy - you will need to zone-in to it - you may want to tune-out the music unless hardroad/metal/bassdrop is your thing (I kinda like it but it repeats a BIT too often)

Once you've gotten that all done - it's really quite good I think!
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
A Great Breakout / Arkanoid game!

Just think of those games high on angel dust and you get this game!

Video Review Below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271142373
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Ionball 2: Ionstorm - First Impressions

To be totally upfront, when the 90's were over I had pretty much stopped playing 2D games. I couldn't really find enjoyment in them anymore. But this game brought me back to what I first loved about them: Simple layout, skill-based focus & a great time sink.

What's it like: This game feels like classic Pong-meets-Space-Invaders. You're not so much shooting bullets as 'catching' them via your thrown ball. You need to defend a space tower & destroy some alien vehicles. All the while keeping track of your ionball.

Replay: Replay value is good (so far). I've played around 25 different levels of this game and I've found most of them interesting & challenging. When I lose all my lives & it's "Game Over" I don't feel utterly beaten & ready to quit. Instead, I feel eager to try again. It encourages me to hone my reflexes and peak my curiosity over what the next level might bring. I feel the end-goal is far less about 'winning' the game, although there is a Leaderboard you can compete in if you want to try.

Graphics: Graphics are up to date in this decade, with a 3D-look over a 2D format. There are two viewing/playing options but my fav is Top-Down; in the style of the old arcade shooter/pinball games. I will note that beginner players may easily get confused with all the sparkly bits & lose sight of their fast-moving ball. If you're getting frustrated, turn down the graphics to 'Fastest' & then raise them up later to a fancier setting once you've gotten the hang of the game. Focus first on enjoying & progress, rather than perfection.

Controls: From what I've read this game is not compatible with joystick or controller. It is intended to be used with a mouse, and thankfully it works well. You only need to tilt the mouse side to side & left click to fire your first shot at each new level (or use the menu). The great news is it's also a simple one-handed game; so if you've carpal tunnel in one hand you'll still be able to play with the other. Although playing this game with your off-hand will be a good challenge. :)

Price: I got it during the holiday sale, so it was under $2 for me. It's easily worth $10, however. If you're not sure that it's even worth $10 then add it to your wishlist & wait for a sale. That said, you may end up feeling like I did though; a bit guilty about getting such a good deal.

Saves: This game saves your progress after each completed level, so if you lose all your lives & hit 'Game Over' you can still continue where you left off (although there is a score penalty). You can also opt to start a new game to try to raise your score higher (and reduce your # of deaths.) As said before, the replay value is good.

Seizure Warning: I'm sure nearly every fast-paced game on Steam would have this warning but I'll say it anyways. As the levels progress, the game gets far more flashy & intense. If you're prone to intense seizures then LEAVE THIS GAME ALONE - It's not worth the misery. If however, you suffer from very mild seizures and still want to try this game then put all the settings down to minimum, take plenty of breaks & stop if you feel strain or headaches. It's fun to play, but it can get very intense, very quickly. Take care of your health, please.

Playstyle Tip: I personally feel this game is meant to be used with peripherial(rod) vision. Focusing straight on the ball (which most people tend to do) may cause you to lose sight of it very quickly as colours & movement clash together. I recommend instead that you relax your eyes & look 'through' the screen about 1 foot behind it - like you would with the old 3D Magic Eye creations. With a bit of practice, this method will give you a wider field of vision & allow you to react faster to changes. It will also reduce the chance of headaches if you're prone to them.

Now if you'll excuse me, I shall end this review & go back to playing... :)
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