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 (573 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

 

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
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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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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2 of 2 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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