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 (468 reviews)
Release Date: 26 Oct, 2010

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Includes 24 items: Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, Killing Floor, Killing Floor Outbreak Character Pack, Killing Floor: Nightfall Character Pack, The Ball, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm, Killing Floor: PostMortem Character Pack, Killing Floor "London's Finest" Character Pack, Dwarfs!?, 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, Rising Storm Game of the Year Edition, 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.

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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
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
A puzzle game with action segments which 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.

Playtime: It took me around 5-6 hours to complete the main storyline and find all secrets and achievements and another 4 hours to finish the combat arenas and remaining achievements.

Achievements: 100% completion, 17/17 achievements. Most of these are easy to collect on your first play through but there are a couple of time consuming achievements as well as a couple of tricky ones that require a bit of luck.
Posted: 16 June
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: 24 September
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: 5 June
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: 22 July
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
The Ball is a first-person puzzle game where you can control a single giant item - the Ball - via attraction and repulsion. Using these abilities, you then use the ball to solve a variety of chambers, working your way through the game to its finish. Additionally, the Ball can be used as a weapon to take down enemies that attack you, leading to a bit of first-person crowd handling while you maneuver them into a position where you can mow them down.

In addition to the core story, there are a couple other modes, such as survival mode where you seek to survive successive waves of enemies.

The core gameplay itself is quite solid, and the puzzles are fun, if a tad too long - much of the scenery is repetative, so it feels padded and artificially stretched out. Additionally, while I found survival mode to be quite fun, the combat which is put into the main storyline feels a little out of place.

Ultimately, if you enjoyed other first person puzzle games such as Portal, you'll probably find something to like in this game. While it's not quite up to that series' quality, there's a good bit of fun to be had.
Posted: 10 September
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68 of 79 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
fantastic game that manages to completely ruin what makes it fun just around the same time that i get bored with it
Posted: 1 September, 2012
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