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Balls of Steel (Windows)

ESRB Rating
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Advertisement in PC Games, December 1997 (German):

    Ja, das ist Flipper, Flipper...

    Rasende Kugeln, rasender Herzschlag. Der 3D-Flipper der Superlative fordert alles von Dir: absolut realistische Kugelbewegungen und blitzschnelle Kollisionen - der Wahnsinn mit bis zu fünf Kugeln. Das ist Automaten-Action auf fünf hochauflösenden 3D-Tischen. Laß es krachen - bis Du das Tilt in den Augen haßt! Balls of Steel - der absolute Kugelblitz für bis zu 4 Spieler. AB NOVEMBER

    Contributed by Xoleras (66136) on Feb 27, 2005.

3D Realms website: "What people are saying":
    GameWeek, the leading non-consumer game industry publication, just arrived and has a glowing review of Balls of Steel. Here are a few of the quotes:

    "Balls of Steel is easily one of the most entertaining and attractively rendered pinball games ever developed for the home computer."

    "Satirically inspired by the "Balls of Steel" pinball game depicted in Duke Nukem 3D, Balls of Steel is a champion in its own right, combining photo-realistic graphics and state-of-the-art special effects with smooth, utterly absorbing gameplay."

    "Balls of Steel is a of the most addictive pinball games ever concocted, providing countless hours of engrossing gameplay at a reasonable price."

    Contributed by Xoleras (66136) on Jun 13, 2004.

3D Realms website:
    Balls of Steel features five tables with edge and attitude. No lame circus, zoo, or cutesy themes here! We're talking blood and gore, with animated creatures getting splattered by your ball and laser cannons dishing out hardcore destruction.

    Balls of Steel is realistic, first and foremost, with real physics behind the ball movement and table obstacles. This game behaves like you'd expect it to. On top of that, there are many special effects and table animations. Finally, we've added event triggered music, and each table has characters that speak during the gameplay, to you and to each other. This really adds life to the game compared to other pinball games you've played.

    Balls of Steel has two methods of gameplay. Either via a scrolling screen, where you cannot see the entire table at once, or via a smaller static screen where the entire table is on screen at once.

    There are 5 tables that comprise the entire Balls of Steel package (with a sixth available separately). You can click here to learn about the various tables that comprise Balls of Steel.


  • Pentium 100Mhz (133 recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows 95 (or 98) with DirectX v3.0 (or higher)
  • 16Mb of memory
  • 1Mb VESA compatible SVGA display card
  • DirectX compatible sound card
  • 2X CD-ROM drive
  • 70Mb hard drive space

    Originally released December 12, 1997

    Contributed by Xoleras (66136) on Jun 13, 2004.

Box cover:
    Balls of Steel, more tables, more duke, more balls Flip this -- the coolest, fastest, most innovative quicksilver ball-basher in the know universe! Across five savages, fully-animated tables, from the ricochet riot of Firestorm to the intense overload of Duke Nukem, Balls of Steel delivers all the authentic gravitational pyrotechnics of real pinball. View all the table at once or get close for some whiplash scrolling action! Go gonzo with 5 ball multi-ball mayhem! Squash scampering aliens to bloody oblivion! Hit rails, flippers, pops, sinkholes, targets, magnetic flippers, ramps, the 'cyclotron' ball accelerator -- every conceivable pinball feature in all its glory! Its authentic pinball action -- whiplash fast and finger-burning good! And hey, if its good enough for Duke... then its good for you!

    Contributed by Buuks (179) on May 07, 2001.