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Powball (DOS)

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Description

Powball is a one or two player Breakout clone.

Things look pretty bleak for mankind in the 25th century. Government control is beginning to crumble under pressure to feed the planets 40 billion inhabitants on a world where resources ate running out. There are savage wars over the resources that remain and the air reeks of death, disease & decay. The good news is that science has discovered a new kind of crystal, Alchemite, that can be refined into any substance known to man.

The player takes on the role of a would be rockhopper, a person who mines the remains of nearby systems for this material.

Each player has a paddle which moves left / right. The players also have three lives, each life being represented by a ball that rests on their paddle. On the screen are bricks, arranged differently on each level. Some bricks are unbreakable, some break immediately, others after two or more strikes with the ball. The player must fire their ball at the bricks and, when it bounces back, the player must position their paddle to catch their ball causing it to bounce up towards the bricks again. Failure to catch a ball costs a life.

When a brick breaks it scores points and sometimes scatters small blue crystals or paddle power-ups. Each brick destroyed and each crystal caught increases the players score. The objective is to score as many points as possible by clearing all the bricks in a level, collecting the crystals they release in the process, before progressing to the next level.

In a two player mode each player's paddle and ball are a different colour.

The game installs in both English and German.

The shareware game consists of ten levels and the full game has over one hundred.


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Powball DOS The game has 17 pages of help screens, however screens 7-15 contain details of the distributors in various countries, screen 16 trails POW Productions next game & screen 17 is contact details
Powball DOS The game installs with nothing on the Hi-Score table so in the beginning its easy to look like a gaming star
Powball DOS Level 1 in single player mode
Powball DOS A taster of the full version

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GameHippo.com Dec 20, 2001 8 out of 10 80

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piltdown_man (75709) added Powball (DOS) on Feb 07, 2011