As a swashbuckling archaeologist, unlock the mystery of the ancient ruins that have been hidden for centuries and discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and metal shelled Ball.
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Release Date: 26 Oct, 2010

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Includes 24 items: Dwarfs!?, The Ball, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm, Rising Storm Game of the Year Edition, Killing Floor, Killing Floor Outbreak Character Pack, Killing Floor: Nightfall Character Pack, Killing Floor: PostMortem Character Pack, Killing Floor "London's Finest" Character Pack, Killing Floor: Steampunk Character Pack, Killing Floor - Steampunk Character Pack 2, Killing Floor - Ash Harding Character Pack, Killing Floor - Urban Nightmare Character Pack, Killing Floor - Harold Lott Character Pack, Killing Floor - Community Weapon Pack, Killing Floor - The Chickenator Pack, Killing Floor - Robot Special Character Pack, Killing Floor - Golden Weapons Pack, Killing Floor - Community Weapon Pack 2, Killing Floor - Golden Weapon Pack 2, Killing Floor - Reggie the Rocker Character Pack, Killing Floor - Community Weapons Pack 3 - Us Versus Them Total Conflict Pack, Killing Floor - Camo Weapon Pack

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7 June

The Solus Project - Available Now!

After years of hard work the spiritual successor of The Ball is now out on Steam. The Solus Project - - is a single player exploration adventure with survival elements. The adventure is set on a mysterious planet and continues on the ending of The Ball.

Survive through exploration, and unlock the mysteries of Gliese-6143-C. The Solus Project offers you a massive and deeply immersive atmospheric world to unravel through its rich story.

Owners of The Ball can buy The Solus Project with a discount through the bundle!

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New Mini Campaign Released

Now we also have a brand-new mini campaign for you - the winners of a map-making contest for The Ball. This new campaign can be played completely standalone, from the Survival Mode menu and will give you an extra 2 hours of content for free!

Playable Character for Killing Floor

Everyone who buys The Ball will get a free fully-playable version of Harchier Spebbington, the hero from The Ball, in Killing Floor. This is, of course, in addition to the unique version of the character that everyone who pre-ordered The Ball got.

For more information on Killing Floor - head over to the store page now!

About This Game

The Ball is a first person action-adventure game featuring a full single-player experience built on Epic’s Unreal™ Engine 3 technology. As a swashbuckling archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant volcano somewhere in Mexico, you get stuck in a cavern. It doesn’t take long before you realize this is more than just a cave. You reveal ancient ruins that have been hidden from outsiders for centuries and discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and metal shelled Ball. As you progress towards solving the mystery of this amazing place you must unlock the secrets of the Ball and learn to control this ancient artifact. Venturing deeper into the volcano, you reveal some of mankind’s greatest secrets and you will start to encounter not just puzzles and traps, but also various strange creatures – the guardians of this mystery. These creatures have to be overcome, using only the Ball to defend you.

Key Features

  • 8 hours of single-player adventure
  • Game mechanics that are very simple to pick up, immersing the user in the physics-based gameplay right from the start
  • 8 huge levels to explore
  • Includes bonus Survival game mode, with 4 additional levels
  • Wide range of enemies to overcome, including mummies and an undead gorilla
  • Unique vehicles – an underground train and the mysterious “Ball Chariot”
  • 35 secrets hidden away to be discovered, as well as multiple achievements for the player to earn
  • Steamworks™ features including achievements and leaderboards

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz or better (dual core recommended)
    • Memory: 1 GB (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: SM3 Compatible video card (GF6800 minimum - GF8800 or higher recommended)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9-compatible
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8.3 hrs
Posted: 22 September
it is surprisingly good, lots of mechanics, good-ish story, feels really nice to play

the monsters seem a bit out of place with the general puzzle explorer feel but at the same time there are a bunch of mechanics that really only work with the monsters around, and it would definitely be boring without the fights and ball play ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

some of the mechanics get added a little late and in the very last few levels some of the puzzles are just "hey, use these mechanics against these bad dudes three to six times" but all in all this is a very nice game
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5.7 hrs
Posted: 14 September
Congratulations to the Devs, excellent work!
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1.1 hrs
Posted: 28 August
"A pretty 3D puzzle game based on one mechanic - you have a magnetic gun and a giant metal ball, and you hit switches. There are also vengeful mummies which I don't really expect in a puzzle game. Interesting concept but gets repetitive.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: 26 August
I liked this game. Not bad graphics for its time. The puzzles can get a bit boring after a while but it's a solid interesting exploring title..
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0.3 hrs
Posted: 22 August
That bit with the ball. Classic. 10/10. Game of the year.
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0.3 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 21 August
It wasn't what it seemed like in the previews. Underwhelmed.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: 7 August
the ball is a game about a man who goes to extreme lengths to preserve his balls
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0.2 hrs
Posted: 7 August
carrying a ball through the whole game is more fun than it sounds like
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9.7 hrs
Posted: 19 July
The main star is in the title. Awesome. I always like to put adventure before puzzle and this game runs a fine line between the two. Only if there were say, crafting and more survival like gameplay, then your character could converse with the ball and blossom a friendship. But suffice, in the end the game satisfies. The story is ambiguous unless you search for the secrets which are alot more purposely hidden than the progress puzzles. Yes this game gave me that certain exploration type feel as the original Tomb Raider back in the day, but No there isn't a single puzzle as challenging as anything that Lara has solved even in the very first levels of Peru. The simplicity is seriously a magnification of the players utter lack of power and the Ball's servitude through comfortable gameplay. Without The Ball, almost nothing can be accomplished, The Ball is in essence your guide through this exquisite world. Great atmosphere, almost too perfect, needs more dust and the ability to get dirtier somehow. I recommend playing through until the end to unravel the ending, or more rather witness it like a plot twist, this is where the game feels almost like an EP instead of an LP. There are limited uses for puzzle solving/combat. You will use the same way to solve simple puzzles form the first to the last stage, in a way this could be used as a plot element - as The Ball is the password through the ancient Pyramid. I do believe it is a very good FPS puzzler, I am not calling it a physics puzzler.

Excellent use of " Ball qualities ". There is no expressive intent to manifest puzzles out of something that does not fit, ie. using more element types with the Ball but also there shold have been more ways to interact /shoot . Good games like this are a pleasure to have in my library. I hope more enjoy this. Your relationship with The Ball is up to your imagination. Get to know The Ball.

PS. The ending is probably true!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: 19 July
While the shoe-string budget and small team at times become evident when you catch some of its rough edges, the ball is an enjoyable first person puzzle game with a bit more of a combat focus than similar games like portal. It keeps adding new mechanics throughout pretty much the entire experience, so you don't have too many instances of a copy and paste puzzle or scenario. However, the rough edges can at times be VERY annoying, especially in regards to sections where the player needs to run through an area dodging and enemy with a fast and hard to dodge insta-kill attack. This enemy cannot be killed except by activating something which can only be reached by moving through the attack range. These sections don't really have any set in stone way to get past them, save pray you manage to get lucky after a lot of trying over and over again. This is but one little nitpick in an otherwise enjoyable cheap puzzle game. If you've got the spare change and feel like spending a few hours on an okay puzzle game, it's worth giving a try.
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80 of 111 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 1 September, 2012
fantastic game that manages to completely ruin what makes it fun just around the same time that i get bored with it
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48 of 60 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October, 2013
The Ball is a beautiful 3D environmental physics puzzler. That means: fiddle with stuff until you solve a puzzle. Then walk a ways, and get a new puzzle. Repeat. Think 'Portal', but without the sense of humor.

You've got a giant metal ball and a magnetic gun at your disposal, that only controls the ball. With this one mechanic, you face a series of increasingly-complicated obstacles. Also: undead zombies and mummies.

The Ball is creative and well-made, but I grew tired of the repetitive gameplay more quickly than I expected to.

However, if you see The Ball on sale, the fun of plowing over zombies with a giant metal ball is defintely worth the price of admission. You throw the ball, kill a few, then kill a few more on the rebound. It's a unique form of combat, and always good for a laugh.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: 16 June, 2014

A puzzle-adventure game with action segments

Rating 6/10

The Ball feels like an extended UE3 tech demo that's been fleshed out into a full game. This means there is a lack of real plot, narrative and character. Each new area feels like an excuse to show off puzzles or the environment rather than the story dictating locations and pacing.

Puzzles and combat are at the heart of the game and they both work together nicely with neither one taking precedence over the other. The game starts by dropping you into an undiscovered and mysterious ancient civilization buried deep beneath the earth. Of course like most ruined and ancient civilizations it comes beset with dangers; luckily you also find the ball of the title as well as a hand held artefact that controls its movement. The ball is a large and powerful weapon but also unwieldy, you can either magnetically draw the ball towards you or punch it away using a piston of varying power. Control of the ball is key as it'll be both your protector from arrow traps and monsters as well as solving numerous puzzles littered around the ruins.

Combat is bowling on a grand scale as you launch the ball towards the enemy watching as they topple like skittles; it's a great effect and really feels like it has an impact when it strikes down a horde of mummies. And they do come at you in hordes with combat often a quick affair as you fire the ball around trying to knock down as many of them in one go as possible. Firing the ball with too much power will strike down more enemies but also leave you vulnerable as you slowly draw the ball back, it's a fine balance and knowing when to fire the ball as well as when to bring it back is key to survival. Thankfully the combat never overstays it welcome and after clearing a room of enemies you'll end up with a new puzzle to solve.

These puzzles are probably the highlight of the Ball, it will obviously be compared to Portal and whilst not quite as ingenious the puzzles are still well thought out, neither being too complicated nor too easy. The majority of the puzzles require you to guide the ball over various obstacles to reach buttons that allow you to progress. The element of solving puzzles and exploring new areas as you descend further into the ruins is what makes the game.

Once you've completed the main storyline there are a number of survival arenas which are hectic battle against the clock as waves of monsters stream into small arenas as you fire the ball around and set off traps in a desperate attempt to survive the round before it starts again. They are a nice time diversion after completing the game but no more than that.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: 2 December, 2013
This is a great game. Start with a puzzle game like Portal, where each puzzle needs to be completed before moving on. Then interlace the levels with zombies that are not terribly difficult to kill. At this point it is fresh and interesting, because the only game mechanics are pushing and pulling a giant ball. What truely makes this game shine are the boss fights that combine these elements into an exciting and challenging experience.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: 5 June, 2014
I'd like to start this review by saying, the Ball wasn't a bad game, I just found myself bored a bit to often to confidently recommend.

The game itself functions well enough. I never encountered any game breaking glitches, never sank through the floor, lost the ball, or had a button simply not work. It plays just fine in that regard. The ball control is a bit wobbly in terms of getting it to shoot precisely, but it's very slight, and most of the puzzles allow for that little bit of wiggle room.

The puzzles are pretty easy, and never really force you to do any huge mental gymnastics. The hardest part of the game are the survival levels and those just involve surviving waves of enemies. The enemies are easy enough to kill (rolling the ball over them) but they're a non-threat for the the campaign and appear so sparingly in the campaign they almost feel a little out of place. They aren't there as a puzzle impediment like the turrets in portal, most times (a few exceptions), they're mostly just thrown at you to be a momentary antagonist.

The story is interesting. However you only get it through finding secrets and once you've clicked out of the text screen there's no way to recall that text without playing through the level and finding the secret again, so if you miss one that's unfortunate. The secrets themselves are easy enough to find, you just have to be patient and willing to hunt around for hidden alcoves and the like. They do however have a stage selector so if you really want to play a level over it's easy to do.

The game looks nice enough. The graphics are consistent, and I never saw any graphical glitches, but the ball itself is a bit annoying. Even transparent it's very noticeable and still impedes vision to a degree. The problem there lies in the design of the ball. The ball is made up of two parts. A round solid peice, and a complex framework. Everything fades out except for the framework, which there is a lot of, causing a sort of cage like effect on your vision.

Overall the game was alright. I don't regret buying it, or playing it. If you're looking for a game similar to portal, while this is in the same vein (logic puzzler), it isn't in the same league. If you want to have some fun walking through mildly Aztecian ruins, smashing some zombies, and solving some puzzles give it a shot.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 24 September, 2014
Originally developed as a mod for Unreal Tournament 3, The Ball is a first-person action puzzle game that has been updated and revamped for retail and online distribution using UDK.

Teotl Studios won multiple honors for The Ball in the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest, and publisher Tripwire Interactive published the game in 2010. With unique vehicles and hidden secrets, this game will keep you busy exploring for hours.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November, 2013
The last thing I expected from this, when looking at the screenshots and reading the description after finally buying it being in my wishlist for 3 years, was that this is a puzzle game and fantastic for Portal/QUBE fans. Really addictive and runs on the Unreal engine, which this game truly shows the best of Unreal and how other games can have better or worse graphics with this engine. Quite simply - If you like Portal, this is a must for you!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: 28 February, 2015
Definitely fun little game, nice graphics, sensible puzzles, and cool atmosphere that somewhat reminds me of Unreal 1. If you enjoyed Portal, you'll love this one as well. The only downside is that it is kinda short and has limited replay value, but you still get decent value-for-money ratio.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: 17 May
I haven't finished this game yet, but I'm nearing the end and enjoying it a lot.
Its kind of a FPS puzzle game, where you drag a ball around with you and use it to kill enemies and solve puzzles.

You kind of become attached to the Ball, as its really your only friend in the game... its a tool and weapon combined.
I had a few moments of panic when enemies appeared and I'd left the Ball in another room!

I would definitely recommend anybody who likes puzzle games / FPS to give it a try.
Don't expect any shooting or lots of enemies all over the place, its not that kind of game.

Only negative is there's not much of a story, but the puzzles make up for it.

Rating 8/10
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: 22 July, 2014
Nice idea. Logic game where you have to use the ball to complete areas. If you like logic games or just want to get that Killing Floor character then buy it.
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