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Balance (DOS)

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This German game of dexterity delivers what the title promises. Balance is a lesson in applied gravity: guide a ball to one or more targets by tilting the plane it sits on, much like in those little plastic toys that drive you insane. A simple premise made challenging by tricky, maze-like level layouts that go beyond the "A to B" routine, but require you to touch a certain number of target tiles in no particular order. You must reach all targets in limited time, or else you have to start over. If the ball falls off the edge, one of ten lives is lost. Special fields such as jumpers, accelerators or crumbling tiles test your reflexes; some levels even rotate.

Balance uses vector graphics to draw flat, untextured fields on which the ball rolls. The plane is tilted with the mouse. Every few levels, you get a password to jump directly to that map. Even so, Balance is extremely difficult and only recommended for players with *a lot* of patience.

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Balance DOS The pink tiles disappear once you cross them.
Balance DOS Looks easy? Image doing this maze in ten seconds - that's the time limit.
Balance DOS People with trembling hands need not apply.
Balance DOS The friendly face is actually quite a challenging level, since the time limit is very short. And that's early on in the game!

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The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) May, 1993 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Nov, 1992 44 out of 100 44
PC Player (Germany) May, 1993 39 out of 100 39

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-Chris (7363) added Balance (DOS) on Oct 27, 2002