The Ball

published by Tripwire Interactive in 2010-10-26, developed by Teotl Studios, running on Windows
type: action/reflex, adventure, puzzle
genre: Fantasy, Environmental combat, Jumping, Physics, Repulsion, Swimming, Underwater diving, Walking, Action-Adventure, Environmental puzzle
perspective: 1st person
player options: single player
game engine: Unreal Engine 3
languages: dan dut eng fre ger ita spa swe

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Personal review

A clever puzzle/action-adventure game with heavy emphasis on puzzling and combat using the titular ball. The story is obviously slapped on top as beyond finding the ball, why the protagonist keeps going for miles and miles underground, dropping down immensely deep chutes with no way back and so forth is beyond comprehension and the initial curiosity one can blame on him being archeologist hardly explains why he doesn't just study what he finds and stick around the hole he fell in through to wait for the promised rescue (which he seemingly could've relied on quite easily).

Ergo, if you want story, this is definitely not for you, if you want puzzles and different kind of combat on the other hand...

# 2010-10-28 08:43:12

Official description

The Puzzles
* First Person – Playing from a first person perspective, you solve puzzles with the help of a large physics driven ball.
* Ancient Weapon – Use the ancient weapon to attract the Ball towards you, or use it to hammer the Ball toward objects and enemies.
* Obstacles – Push the Ball into areas you cannot enter and use it to help you survive the many traps and hazards.

The Combat
* Variety – A varity of monsters and creatures inhabbit the world, ranging from a fearsome gorilla to armies of mummies.
* Crushing – Kill the weak enemies by crushing them with the Ball, ensuring a fountain of blood and gibs every time.
* Boss Fights – Kill the big ones by using the environment against them!

The Story
As an 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 venture deeper into the volcano, you reveal some of mankind’s greatest secrets...
# 2010-10-19 06:49:16 - official description - source

Technical specs

display: textured polygons
* Windows XP, Vista or 7
* 3 GHz CPU
* 1 GB RAM
* GeForce 6800 GPU
* 1.5 GB HD space

* Dual-core CPU
* 2 GB RAM
* GeForce 8800 GPU
Sanguine # 2010-10-19 06:57:53

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