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The Ball

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What originally was just a mod for Unreal Tournament 3, has become the first game of the Swedish developer Teotl Studios. It is also one of the first games using the Unreal Development Kit and it has also received support from the Nordic Game Program.

The game starts in a mountain called Pico del Miedo (Fear Peak) in Mexico, 1940. A group of archaeologists has settled there due to what looks like interesting Aztec findings within the place. One day, one of the archaeologists, the main character of the story, falls inside a hole and, before his workmates can save him, his curiosity pushes him through a journey that will only end when he discovers the ancient secrets that lie in the deepest chambers of the mountain.

From the very beginning, we find a strange device that is tied to an even more strange ball two meters high that, much like the gravity gun in Half Life 2, can be attracted and pushed at the will of the carrier. The Ball is a first person puzzle in which the player has to carry a big ball around mysterious underground caves, cities, towns or fabrics, while pushing buttons, opening doors, crushing threatening local fauna or accessing seemingly inaccessible spots with it. Sounds simple on paper, but the ball eventually becomes a very versatile tool, when we discover that it can store lava or electricity, light dark areas, power ancient vehicles, serve as a platform and other surprises.

The game also features the mandatory achievements of modern gaming and a survival mode in which we have to stay alive against various waves of enemies and traps in four extra maps.

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The Ball Windows For some reason, the developers encourage us to crush monkeys with the ball
The Ball Windows Most of the puzzles consist of finding or accessing buttons to push. These can be yellow, to hit with the ball or blue, to hit by yourself.
The Ball Windows And shortly after he finds some sort of strange weapon called "the hammer"
The Ball Windows Various uses of the ball: Charged electrically to electrocute big enemies

Alternate Titles

  • "The Ball: Оружие мертвых" -- Russian spelling

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The Press Says

INC Gamers Windows Nov 02, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
Nukezilla Windows Oct 21, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZ Windows Nov 20, 2010 78 out of 100 78
Hooked Gamers Windows Nov 19, 2010 7.6 out of 10 76
4Players.de Windows Nov 03, 2010 75 out of 100 75
Mana Pool Windows Nov 28, 2010 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers Windows Feb 06, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Indius Windows Mar 16, 2012 13 out of 20 65
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar 03, 2011 50 out of 100 50
Gamer.nl Windows Nov 22, 2010 5 out of 10 50

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