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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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 - http://store.steampowered.com/app/313630/ - 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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8 March

The Solus Project Part 2 released - Massive expansion!

Venture deeper into the universe of The Ball with the huge expansion of The Solus Project!



The story heats up in this second episode. Dark secrets lurk in the depths of this seemingly deserted alien environment and as you venture deeper into the underground you can't shake the feeling you are being watched and followed.

One large new island along with the biggest cave system have been added, giving players an estimated 3-5 hours of additional gameplay and many dozens of new secrets and items. Continue your journey and explore the massive alien world!



# 3-4 hours of additional gameplay filled with new features and discoveries.
# Be very afraid of the new lightning storms
# Discover the large island of Flashpoint and harness the power of the skies.
# Explore the largest cave system in the adventure and make your way through massive underground caverns, settlements, and machinery.
# Dozens of new items and secrets. From sleeping gear to crowbars

As with Part 1 we aim for a classic first person game feeling. Large and complex levels with tons of secrets. Little hand-holding. And a magical but deadly sci fi world to explore at your own pace.

Join us at The Solus Project

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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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Turtle of Doom
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 27 June
The game seems interesting and is fun, but it sadly crashes my computer. It seems that I will have to refund it and The Solus Project.
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Mitko
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 June
I found the game sort of worth it's full price honestly.
The world feels lonely and foreign. The ball really feels like it's gaining some character as you progress through the game. Puzzles are mostly simple and introduce new mechanics every so often.

Only real complaint I have is that the story is given to you by bits of text you get when finding the secrets. Wish I could have learned about this civilization through another means.

It's a short and gloomy puzzle game that I'd gladly recommend when on sale.
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Black_Eagle
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 June
This game is a mediocre first person puzzler. I did not find it charming, even by yesterday's standars.
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areudeadyet
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 June
I played it 3 hours so far and i love it.

I got this game in a bundle with The Solus Project (TSP), was cheaper with The Ball instead of just buy it alone.
I tought i will play TSP and never going to try this game.But what i shock.TSP isnt fun as near as The Ball.

This game is just GREAT.It bring some old memories how games were made sometimes, pure gameplay without tons of cut scenes.

Puzzles are main thing in this game, makes u think a lot how u going to solve things and advance further in game.There is a gun as only weapon i found so far in game and its not meant for shooting.U controll The Ball with it.Yeah , simmilar with Portal.U can fight enemies with The Ball too.

I also like the story so far and i hope for great ending.

I'll update my review after i finnish game, but so far, this game is awesome.
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The 30,000ft Drop
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 June
Totally not what I expected. Elements remind me of Portal, at times it feels like MagRunner:Dark Pulse (sans Lovecraft, avec Aztec zombie things), other times it is almost Painkiller-esque. If you like ASAMU or any of those I just mentioned, you'll be up for this.

Thought it was going to be a really fast game, maybe two hours tops. Being thorough, I've happily put in more than 15 hours so far.

I expected a little to no story, and that's what I got, but it doesn't need more story, the amount it has is perfect. More would detract from the gameplay and overcomplicate it.

The enemies are pretty easy, but you have to be conservative with how you use the tools at your disposal, or the enemy encounters can quickly become fatal.

The puzzles are pretty easy, as long as you solve them in the right order and don'tfall on the spikes or lava or drown.

Just exploring is fun.

This is one of those hidden gems (not very well hidden being it's on sale, again).

For the price, this game is so worth it. If you want something easy to whip through or something that you can spend some time on, this is it.

Don't forget this is the precursor to The Solus Project:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0YebnaiKLw

Makes me feel young again.
10/10
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diolki
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 June
When I saw that "The Solus Project" was the spritual successor of this game, I had to buy both. I thought to myself, how bad could "The Ball" be?

I was pleasently surprised to find that it was not bad at all. It's by no means perfect, and similarities to Portal are obvious, down to the gun that doesn't fire bullets of any kind. That said however, if you enjoyed Portal and Portal 2 as much as I did, you'll likely enjoy "The Ball." A FPS puzzle game that makes you think and encourages you to explore to try to find secrets. The physics are perhaps the only part of the game I had issues with, and that was pretty rarely to. The music is lovely, the enviroments are beautiful, the controls are easy to understand and the game does an excellent job of letting you know what's expected of you most of the time without holding your hand the whole way.

All in all I'd give "The Ball" a solid three and a half out of five stars and would very much recommend it. Especially if you enjoyed Portal.
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Edgy Bait
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 20 June
The Ball is a very simpler puzzle game that I feel accomplishes what it set out to be. That being a physics based puzzle game with a weak and mysterious story that binds it all together and gives it purpose. If you are looking for a game that makes you think for a cheap price of 10 dollars, then look no further than The Ball. The puzzles are well-designed and the developers managed not to get repetitive even with the extremely simple controls. However, it is important to note that the combat is extremely bland and the graphics are very lackluster, but that being said, the graphics do not take away from the raw gameplay experience. Overall, I recommend this game because it is a decently challenging puzzler that keeps you wanting to delve deeper into the ancient underground civilization and find out what the conclusion to the enigmatic story could be, and though it has minor flaws, for 10 dollars it is definitely worth picking up for the puzzle enthusiast.
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Laskan
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 18 June
Solid puzzle game. Sometimes a puzzle game goes too far in an effort to be "challenging" and creates a scenario where the only solution is one specific thing in just the right place, or an exact timing requirement. The Ball manages to be engaging without having to resort to that. Progress is steady, and new "abilities" are introduced at a good pace to keep things feeling fresh.

Don't let the voice acting turn you off - there's about 15 seconds of it at the beginning of the game, and 10 more at the end.
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cg_destro
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 14 June
Nice little first person puzzle game with ball(s) ;) Puzzles are not super hard but not that obvious either, and running mummies or other monsters can make it little more challenging and exciting. Overall quite nice and satisfying game, most parts are relaxing when you can focus on solving puzzles not fighting monsters. If you like this sort of game there is big chance you like this game as well.
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ftstani
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 June
I got The Ball as part of the Tripwire Bundle. It was either that or Tyto Ecology. I'm glad I got the Bundle. Not only did I save like $180 (which is probably more like $40 after adjusting for the sale-buy factor), I got The Ball.

The Ball is a physics-based puzzle game where you explore some kind of ancient underground temple-like area. There are monsters and death traps; you are an archaeologist. Instead of firearms you have a huge metal ball. Using some sort of gauntlet (which you discover with The Ball), you can either pull The Ball along or push it towards something. Using The Ball you must then make your way through the ruins.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 3 June
A nice puzzler with unique combat mechanics. If they took the Companion Cube, made it a sphere, and then based a game around that, then you'd have this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: 7 June
I got The Ball as part of the Tripwire Bundle. It was either that or Tyto Ecology. I'm glad I got the Bundle. Not only did I save like $180 (which is probably more like $40 after adjusting for the sale-buy factor), I got The Ball.

The Ball is a physics-based puzzle game where you explore some kind of ancient underground temple-like area. There are monsters and death traps; you are an archaeologist. Instead of firearms you have a huge metal ball. Using some sort of gauntlet (which you discover with The Ball), you can either pull The Ball along or push it towards something. Using The Ball you must then make your way through the ruins.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: 21 June
When I saw that "The Solus Project" was the spritual successor of this game, I had to buy both. I thought to myself, how bad could "The Ball" be?

I was pleasently surprised to find that it was not bad at all. It's by no means perfect, and similarities to Portal are obvious, down to the gun that doesn't fire bullets of any kind. That said however, if you enjoyed Portal and Portal 2 as much as I did, you'll likely enjoy "The Ball." A FPS puzzle game that makes you think and encourages you to explore to try to find secrets. The physics are perhaps the only part of the game I had issues with, and that was pretty rarely to. The music is lovely, the enviroments are beautiful, the controls are easy to understand and the game does an excellent job of letting you know what's expected of you most of the time without holding your hand the whole way.

All in all I'd give "The Ball" a solid three and a half out of five stars and would very much recommend it. Especially if you enjoyed Portal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: 20 June
The Ball is a very simpler puzzle game that I feel accomplishes what it set out to be. That being a physics based puzzle game with a weak and mysterious story that binds it all together and gives it purpose. If you are looking for a game that makes you think for a cheap price of 10 dollars, then look no further than The Ball. The puzzles are well-designed and the developers managed not to get repetitive even with the extremely simple controls. However, it is important to note that the combat is extremely bland and the graphics are very lackluster, but that being said, the graphics do not take away from the raw gameplay experience. Overall, I recommend this game because it is a decently challenging puzzler that keeps you wanting to delve deeper into the ancient underground civilization and find out what the conclusion to the enigmatic story could be, and though it has minor flaws, for 10 dollars it is definitely worth picking up for the puzzle enthusiast.
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76 of 97 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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26 of 36 people (72%) 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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