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Atari Black Friday
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What originally was just a mod for Unreal Tournament III, 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 Mummies are the most typical enemies
The Ball Windows These other buttons have to be pushed through the "throwing ball" option of the hammer
The Ball Windows Up in the mountain, a group of archaeologists has decided that there is something of interest buried under their feet
The Ball Windows The story is told through voice overs every time an inscription like this is found

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Day of the OUYA Ouya May 18, 2013 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Invasion (INC Gamers) Windows Nov 02, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 2010 81 out of 100 81
Nukezilla Windows Oct 21, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
G4 TV: X-Play Windows Nov 15, 2010 4 out of 5 80
GameZ Windows Nov 20, 2010 78 out of 100 78
Gamer.no Windows Nov 18, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Atomic Gamer Windows Oct 29, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Brash Games Windows Dec 02, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar 03, 2011 50 out of 100 50

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Contributed to by firefang9212 (78298), Kabushi (257783) and MichaelPalin (1418)
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