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The Ball

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The Ball is a first-person action-adventure game with heavy emphasis on puzzle-solving. The game was a part of Valve’s Portal 2 promotional campaign Potato Sack.


In The Ball, you play as an archeologist that one day came across and got trapped in the ruins of an unknown civilization’s underground city. How you have to escape the city as well as find out the secrets of this place.
Your only weapon and primary puzzle-solving tool in the game is a solid mysterious metal sphere that you have to manipulate to overcome the challenges of the game. There are various ways to use Ball in the game. It can play the role of a platform to help you reach high places over traverse gaps. Many puzzles require guiding ball to a specific place. Besides puzzles solving, there are random combat sequences in which you also have to use the Ball to smash your enemies. During the game you can upgrade it by changing its properties like covering it with spikes, overcharging with electricity or changing its gravity field allowing you to jump higher when you are near the Ball. The story campaign consists of 8 levels and lasts about 5-6 hours. Aside from the story mode, the game offers survival mode that challenges you with waves of enemies.

Release date
Teotl Studios
Tripwire Interactive
Age rating
18+ Adults Only

System requirements for PC

  • 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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Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

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The Ball reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Absolutely Top!!! Got across this Game in the Summer Sale and can highly recommend it. Great Story, ingenious Game Concept and many challenging Puzzles, combined with a great Story and beautiful Graphics.
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Microsoft from French
In the same style, there's much better. Not that it's a bad game, it was my busy weekend and I ended the campaign and enjoyed it. The game is however easy and it has a bad ageing. For $10 is good, but at the same price you will find better on steam.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
I didn't expect the Game to be so exciting. I was surprised to see how, by combining and logical Thinking, one could solve the Increasingly difficult puzzles, but at the same time also pay attention to and combat the Dangers that come with it. However, the Game is often stored at the Beginning of Video Sequences and sometimes causes me to Crash.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Interesting Setting and harmonious Atmosphere. The Puzzles aren't a real Challenge though, and the Collision Query is sometimes a bit "bumpy." I think you could have got more out of the Game principle with the ball (and the Characteristics the Ball can gain). Overall, however, I had my Joy in the Game. At the Price you have a nice Change for in between:)
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Microsoft from Deutsch
There's something missing! DER DAY HORROR! Yes damn! The game is a bit older by now, but the graphics are still visible! You only get anxiety without the big cuddly ball of plattroll musism! Abigrating makes the zombies rather less so since I didn't even have in deadspace such anxiety States xDD when you turn the hellight ingame down to a minimum it looks realistic and these whole mistviewers seem quite creepy!
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Microsoft from Deutsch
One discovers a gigantic, underground Cave system in which a civilization lived a Long Time ago. There you will also find a big Ball, whatever it consists of, and a suitable Handegear, which gives you control over that ball. With this Ball you not only solve Puzzles and kill what wants to kill you yourself, no, it is also the Instrument of absolute Power and is able to suppress all Humanity. At least he's supposed to have done that once.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
How do you create a good Prequel? Right! You develop them before the next Game (here The Solus Project). Whoever plays The Ball after The Solus Project quickly notices some Parals, vice versa as well. The Game itself initially simply presupposes Knowledge of Solving Puzzles, which slowly but surely become trickier. The Difficulty of these Puzzles is like to reach the Level of the Mod Portal Stories: Mel. In other Words, hardcore puzzle. What also amazes me is the low Demand for Storage Space and already such a long Playing Time. For puzzle nostalgists, this Game is simply a Must!
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