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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Mostly Positive (637 reviews) - 72% of the 637 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 26 Oct, 2010

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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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18 February

The Solus Project Part 1 released - Spiritual successor to The Ball

Our new game "The Solus Project, the spirital successor to The Ball has just launched in Early Access. Part 1 is available now, and will be following by frequent large updates over the coming weeks!

Come join the Steam Group!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 20 people (70%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: 1 March
It has some rough points and the textures haven't aged well, but there are some really great puzzles and mechanics in here. I also love the visual aesthetic. Some of the puzzles remind me a bit of morph ball puzzles in Metroid Prime as well...which is always a good thing!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 3 April
Really good action puzzle game. You push a big ball around the whole game to push switches and squash enemies. There's a bunch of special powerups your ball can get too, like electricity and low-gravity, which make for even more interesting puzzles.

The graphics look great even today. And the atmosphere is top notch, playing this game made me feel like I was going on an Indiana Jones adventure.

The story is mostly dictated through secret collectables. I couldn't find them all so I couldn't follow the story very well, but you'll still get the gist of it if you don't collect them.

My one complaint is that It's kind of hard to see through the ball sometimes, but I got around this by keeping the ball behind me most of the time.

Overall a great polished game. If you're interested in a first person game with an interesting mechanic then I recommend picking it up
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: 24 April
I was quite surprised by this game, it had some nice puzzles and it also has combat in it, it lacks a nice narration though, some aspects gets explained but I still feel like it lacks urgency in the plot, but all in all it was a fun little game with portals sense of puzzles, hell even a portal based level (which is awesome!!!) and hey at least it's longer than 2 hours XD 3.5/5!
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