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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.
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, 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, 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 - and Harchier

5 December 2013

There is a new update for The Ball now live. A new 2-hour puzzle level, free if you own the game. And for those Killing Floor players who have always wanted to get their hands on Harchier Spebbington as a playable character in KF, we have created a new version of him for you. The original Harchier was unique to all those people who pre-ordered The Ball - but this new version will be available to everyone who owns The Ball. So, if you want to finally add Harchier to your collection of playable characters, you just might want to watch out for The Ball going up on sale over the next few weeks of the holiday season! Oh wait... it IS on sale!

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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 the 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
44 of 55 people (80%) found this review helpful
222 products in account
143 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: 31 October 2013
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
406 products in account
1 review
27.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: 2 December 2013
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
14 products in account
6 reviews
6.0 hrs on record
One of the most beautiful and fun indie games I've ever played!
Posted: 18 December 2013
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
35 products in account
6 reviews
7.2 hrs on record
This Game is FPS+Adventure+Puzzle to solve. some puzzle is hard to solve. u need high endurance for some puzzle

If u think u can't solve puzzle don't worry u can play survival mode too and then "Let Crush" some monster XD
Posted: 29 November 2013
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
126 products in account
4 reviews
17.3 hrs on record
Portal-esque physics puzzle game! Can be entertaining if you like this genre of game!
Posted: 3 December 2013
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