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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (556 reviews)
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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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.

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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
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: 28 February
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: 11 April
Fun game from the guys who gave us Killing Floor. Best estimation I can give of it is a portalesque puzzler with Ancient Central American ruins in place of a testing center and a Giant Ball in place of portals. You use a giant ball to solve physics based puzzles and crush monkeys and zombie mummies. Nuff said. A solid ~15 hour game with survival missions and cheevos. Most of the acheivements are moderately hard to do, with a few being rather grindy (Hammer Time). Pick it up on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: 27 January
I never thought you could do so much stuff with one big ball and a massive hammer. Lara Croft's found her ideal male Tomb Raider here. A variety of environments and puzzles keep the game interesting and the occasional action sequence, smashing mummies and monkies, doesn't get old. For the trigger happy players you might want to space out your play sessions between each level in case your finger gets too itchy (from the habit of playing too many FPS) in the archeological site and deep halls of a buried civilization. Despite it's good pacing I wouldn't play for more than an hour or two at a time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: 6 March
The Ball Review

The Ball is an absolutely fantastic indie game. It's got an interesting mix of combat and puzzles - which unlike most games that attempts this, is seamlessly integrated.

Cons -

Story is pretty awful.

Takes a while getting used to.

Pros -

Fantastic soundtrack. I went out of my way to find it.

Survival mode is intense fun.

Lots of gameplay variety. Combat, puzzles, Boss Fights, riding a giant chariot thing. It's awesome.

Lots and LOTS of secrets. Some of the secrets have been placed in incredible spots and this really means you can play through the game a poopload of times.

Combat is fun.

Beautiful scenery in some places.

Design is awesome. The Ball itself is badass and the weapon used to fling it around is great.

Cool Portal DLC.

Hourences is a level design master. Levels are large and expansive without being too big, gameplay is interspersed with fun exploration and puzzles and cutscenes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: 24 February
It's a really interesting game. I like two action with puzzle games. The 'Soul Reaver' and 'Blood Omen', ect. So I bought this game, maybe it such enough good as what I've wrote before.
And yes! It almost enough good!
The action and puzzles are not too hard but don't underestimate.
So, I recommend this game those who like the action and puzzle games both.

Good things:
-Nice graphic and colors.
-The mystic and story atmosphere are good.
-The controls easy used to it.
-There is the Survival mod for more play and fun.

Bad thing:
-The story mod not enough long, I guess. I really want play more.
S.P. Maybe will be DLC(s) with new maps.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: 29 March
06/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: 3 May
It seems most people only got this game from the Potato Sack Pack some years ago, and never got around to playing it, I was one of those myself, but this game is actually really worthwhile!
The gameplay is fresh and original, because running around with a ball about twice your size, in an attempt to solve puzzles and kill enemies, isn't exactly a common feature in games.
The story is mildly interesting whilst playing the game, but does have a very satisfying ending! And even if it's not your thing, don't let the storyline stop you, because the setting is amazing, mostly due to the great atmosphere.
And lastly, the Survival gamemode is also worth mentioning, as it gives this game a good amount more hours of enjoyment!

You'll have a ball playing The Ball ;) I'm sorry. It's true though.

EDIT P.S. For the achievement enthusiasts out there, this game offers a proper challenge for you! I've chosen to make this my 30th Perfect Game (100% Steam achievements) in honor of the time one has to spend on them, and because of how much I underestimated this game in general!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: 29 January
No one payed atention to this game, but it's a good one. Portal fans will be happy playing this one. Would recommend you to try it and see if it's your cup of tea.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: 22 March
God this game was boring, but I played it through to the end. The beginning was enticing enough to see it through, but I wish I hadn't. The "puzzles" are simple, the enemies are dying to be run over by your ball, and there is almost no narrative. I will admit that the final puzzle was actually decent, but not worth the 12 hours it took to get there.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: 22 March
A movable ball puzzle game, problem is there are lots of things you need to kill. Game ends up with dull/simple puzzles whilst making sure the ball is no further than 10 meters away in case some enemies decide to ambush you... which they do!

Seems a lot of work has gone into the atmosphere which does work well but the core mechanic of simple puzzles with a fiddly ball to also kill stuff with does not work so well.
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70 of 82 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: 1 September, 2012
Pre-Release Review
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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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: 16 June, 2014
THE BALL

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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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: 24 September, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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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13 of 14 people (93%) 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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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: 3 December, 2013
Portal-esque physics puzzle game! Can be entertaining if you like this genre of game!
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
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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26 of 41 people (63%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: 16 July, 2013
The Ball is an action-packed puzzle game. It has several similarities to Portal in the control scheme and puzzles, but adds in entertaining action.
The design and functionality of each level is fantastic.
As an archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant volcano somewhere in Mexico, you fall into a cavern. It does not take long before you realize that 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.
Most of the game consists of problem solving by moving The Ball to open doors or remove pests from a designated area. But there are also various strange creatures – the guardians. These creatures also have to be overcome, using only The Ball to defend you.
The other game mode of The Ball is called “Survival”. The objective is to kill nine waves of enemies.
This game can be enjoyed by those who liked Portal and anyone who enjoys puzzle games.

Sound 9/10
Graphics 9/10
Gameplay 9/10
Atmosphere 9/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: 4 October, 2014
Absolutely yes to this game! It's unique and intresting as an FPS/FPL (First Person Logic) combo game, and very very athmosferic. The ball is perfect for the not too hard puzzles and highly satisfying as a weapon. Great level design, superb music and sounds. I enjoyed every moment of this marvelous GAME!
The only problem with the game, why there are not more like this?
10/10!
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