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Pi-balled is a clone of the arcade game Q*bert. Each level has a pyramid like structure covered in tiles, the Pyramid of PI. The main goal is for the main character BURT to change the tiles' colour by stepping on them. To complete a level, every tile's colour has to be changed into the one indicated at the right top of the screen.

Enemies circulate around the pyramid making things difficult for the player. At the right edge of the pyramid, there's a flying disc travelling from the bottom of the pyramid to the top. The player might catch it but to be successful, they have to pick the right time to jump or lose a life. After a while the player will be automatically dropped from the disc when it reaches the top of the pyramid, or they can manually jump during its course.

Touching enemies will cost you a life, as will jumping off the edge. Once all three lives are lost, it's game over.

PIMAN, the trademark image/icon/character of Automata will make an appearance as the main antagonist.


Pi-balled ZX Spectrum Loading Screen.
Pi-balled ZX Spectrum Level 5: Magenta.<br>
As can be seen the colour to change is magenta (upper right corner).
Pi-balled ZX Spectrum Level 1: A life was wasted.
Pi-balled ZX Spectrum Level 1: The elevator.<br>
Goin' up.

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Pi-balled Concept Art
Pi-balled Concept Art

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Crash! Apr, 1984 82 out of 100 82
Sinclair User May, 1984 7 out of 10 70


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ZeTomes (36450) added Pi-balled (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 19, 2016