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 (613 reviews) - 72% of the 613 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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.

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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
15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: 31 October, 2015

_An original game about guiding, beating, roping, pulling a mysterious ball, which is binded to you, into dark and creepy caves
_Your best friend as she (I prefer to consider the ball as a person for obvious reasons) will help you to do almost everything
_Probably a lesson of "what's the pure love is actually" as you'll feel alone and helpless everytime she's not nearby you xD
_A game powered by Unreal engine 2 (Like Killing floor) old but still pretty for its actual age
_Proposing to you to seek secrets and it counts plenty of them
_Possibly hard on average and even more harder if you explore every corners (As i just said right above)
_Granted by an arena mode to unwind yourself a bit, crush&survive, nothing else to say
_Sneaky with its numerous traps on your way, call your friend to go through them


_A peaceful game as you'll crush some enemies with your bally
_A copy of a popular character with an hat and whip but still mainly inspired by Mr. Jones i guess
_Short neither long, it grandly depends of your exploration's desire
_A brainless game, you'll think and wonder what to do next a lot
_Cool on the end, i liked the last level but disliked the proper end as it let a feeling of rush
_Telling you really a story, it's more a background context where the hero try to sort out how he'll exit the caverns
_Down-to-earth, it smells firstly azetk mythology to finally something else (No spoil)
_Repetitive, puzzles are fresh and the ball's gameplay is perfectly used by many features you'll discover by playing with her

Refreshing, original on its concept, The Ball is a good game on average, you'll be surprised by how much you'll get attached by her, cool game!

Global note:6,5/10
Difficulty on average & 100%:4,5/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: 6 February
First and foremost, this game is NOTHING like Portal, despite what most people say. If you want a game similar to Portal, look for Quantum Conundrum, or even The Talos Principle.

It started off ok and promising, but I soon got disappointed. There's a lot of potential, but the execution just fell short.

The basic premise:
You have a huge ball that you can use to solve puzzles and smash things/creatures. You can hit it away from you when it's close to you, or use your ancient weapon to attract it to you.

While some puzzles look nice, they're very boring, repetitive and seem not very well thought out.
There are a lot of sections when you just have to carry the ball slowly over long stretches, and it feels like they're trying to pretend the game's longer than it really is.
Physic could've been explored a little bit more, but I'm afraid it wouldn't have been well implemented, due to how unpolished the game looks.
Enemies. God, why are they even there!? Battles are basically using your ball as a yoyo and/or shield while dodging the enemies and running them over. Hit it away, smash some monsters. Drag it back, smash some more monsters. Very boring.
Music and sound: I usually don't pay attention, but that noise of you constantly dragging the ball is really annoying. And the "music" is just more random noise, trying to build an horror atmosphere that just shouldn't be there, and it doesn't actually make it through to the game.

I know it's cheap and it looks great (I was really excited to play it), but although it's not the worst game in the world, and it's playable, I can't say it's good either. I'd stay away if I were you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: 17 January
Picked this up quite a while ago and hadn't come around to play it. The Ball is a physics game with okay graphics and rather unchallening gameplay. The pace is too slow and there's too many stretches which are filled with idle walking and pushing the ball where it needs to go to.

All in all, an interesting concept and definitely not a bad game, but the lacking execution and boring stretches make me unable to truly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: 3 February

I got this because of the bonus Portal Connection, and even that alone was worth it. It's a fun game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: 8 November, 2015
When the game focuses on the puzzles, it obtains its sporadic collections of high-points, letting you figure out ways to trigger numerous switches in one shot, having you hunt out hidden pressure pads or asking you to destroy your dank surroundings like a madman until an answer presents itself. It’s not Portal, that much is clear. It doesn’t have any of the dark humour or as much as the intelligence, but it makes up its own stand-out moments. Like walking through a spider web, and having your vision obscured by silky stands and a small shower of bugs, or stealing inside a newly-opened cavern and discovering a long dormant piece of Aztec machinery or a long forgotten temple rising majestically out of the swirling dusts.

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