The Ball (PC)
Size: 1.5 gigs (download)
Release: October 26, 2010
Ever wanted to go bowling in Egypt?
This may very well be the under-sung Indie game of the century. The Ball is a conceptual pseudo-shooter puzzle game set in Egypt. The Ball starts out with your character, an archaeologist, being lowered into a giant hole. Immediately after you hit the bottom of the shaft, the winch breaks. Your stuck. Your character does logical thing for an archaeologist to do while stuck in recently uncovered underground ruins. After you walk a small distance, you come across a weird gun-type thingie. It has two functions. Left-click spins a gear and charges up a hammer. Upon release the hammer strikes forward. Second function puts off an aura. At first it seams that the gun has no use. A little later you come across a very large ball. This is where the game really begins. The gun pushes and pulls the ball. The entire game is based around you playing with your ball.
A man and his ball(s)
I couldn’t resist the joke. The puzzles are quite difficult and often take several frustrating minutes to solve. There are traps for you and the ball. There are positional puzzles, accuracy puzzles, coordination puzzles, and timing puzzles, among others. After you play through quite a few of these and are starting to tire of the mindfucking, you start to see these shadowie figures dart about. Shortly after, the combat begins. Very few games have made outright combat as puzzle-like as this game has. You must bowl down the mummies with your ball. And thats not all. You can line your ball with mines, sprinkle tacks onto it, and light it on fire! There are many ways to mame.
The graphics in this game are muy excelente. Everything shines with well lit, high gloss, detailed textures that sing with enthusiasm. The physics are pin. The only thing I don’t love is the clunky combat. It can down-right piss me off how hard it is to kill mummies some times. But yea, thats my only gripe really. The game is rated M, but probably barely. There is gore, but it isn’t particularly shocking.
Never has killing the brainless, zombie-like, undead mummies been so very fun. Below you can watch the official trailer.
Demo: YES! You can download it via Steam Or any of the links on THIS page
Fucked-0-meter: [*****_____] 5 out of 10
FU Rating: [*******___] 7 out of 10
This game is a paramount example of indie loving. Its fun, inginuative, and highly original. You better play the fucking demo at the least. Its FUCKING FREE!