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  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball
  • The Ball: Screenshot aus dem Ego-Shooter The Ball

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  • Release: 12.11.2010
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Über das Spiel

The Ball bietet ein Action- und Abenteuerspiel im Einzelspielermodus, das auf der Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 Technologie basiert. Als verwegener Archäologe, der die Hänge entlang eines ruhenden Vulkans irgendwo in Mexiko erforscht, verwirren Sie sich plötzlich in einer Höhle.

Aber Sie finden recht schnell heraus, dass Sie nicht nur in einer ganz normalen Höhle gelandet sind, denn Sie entdecken historische Ruinen, die jahrhundertelang von der Zivilisation versteckt lagen und finden außerdem einen mysteriösen Gegenstand - einen Ball, der aus Gold- und Metallschichten besteht.

Auf Ihrem Weg zur Lösung des Geheimnisses dieses ganz besonderen Ortes müssen Sie die Mächte und Fähigkeiten des Balls erforschen und auch lernen, dieses alte Artefakt zu kontrollieren. Je weiter Sie sich in den Vulkan hinein begeben, desto mehr großartige Geheimnisse der Menschheit werden sich Ihnen offenbaren und Ihnen werden dabei nicht nur Puzzles und Fallen entgegenstehen sondern auch verschiedene eigenartige Kreaturen - die Wächter dieses Rätsels. Mit Hilfe des Balls allein müssen Sie diese Monster bewältigen. (steam)

Eigenschaften
  • Acht Stunden Abenteuer im Einzelspielermodus
  • Einfach zu erlernende Spielmechanik, die Sie gleich zu Anfang in das auf Physik basierende Spielerlebnis mit einbeziehen
  • Acht riesige Levels gilt es zu erkunden
  • Inklusive eines zusätzlichen Survivalmodus mit vier weiteren Levels
  • Unendlich viele verschiedene Feinde müssen bekämpft werden inklusive Mumien und ein untoter Gorilla
  • Einzigartige Gefährte - ein Untergrundzug und der mysteriöse “Ball Streitwagen”
  • 35 verborgene Geheimnisse sowie eine Vielzahl an Errungenschaften
  • Steamworks Eigenschaften inklusive Errungenschaften und Ranglisten

Systemanforderungen

  • CPU: 3 GHz
  • GFX: Geforce 6800
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Software: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • HD: 1.5 GB
  • CPU: Dual Core
  • GFX: Geforce 8800
  • RAM: 2048 MB
  • Software: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • HD: 1.5 GB

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87 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 05.01.13 08:24
Einige behaupten es sei eine schlechte Portal-Kopie...ich muss dem entgegenwirken. Dieses Spiel hat mich zu Beginn aufgrund der Atmosphäre gefesselt. Nach wenigen Minuten wollte ich mich keineswegs zu weit von meinem Ball entfernen, einige Rästel erfordern dies jedoch. Warum ich das nicht wollte? Weil es gelegentlich zu Kämpfen gegen Zombie-Mumien führte. Dieses dauerhafte Gefühl, dass Gefahr besteht inkl. der Atmosphäre einer Präklassik (Maya) gibt dem Spiel ein gewisses etwas. Die Rätsel sind clever gestaltet, werden mit der Zeit immer komplexer und die raren Bosskämpfe haben zum Glück wieder mehr Puzzle-Charme und passen wunderbar. Zudem Preis ... (5/5)
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Verfasst: 24.01.15 13:32
Habe das Spiel ja schon länger im Besitz,hab das jetzt bis
Level 3 gespielt.Ich muss sagen es ist eine gelungene
Mischung aus guten Rätseln mit action Einlagen. Das Gerät
was man hat erinnert an das Graviton von HL2.
Es sind sehr viele Sekrets im Spiel,was das ganze noch
interessanter macht.Ich kann nur sagen,das Ballspielen eine neue
Bedeutung bekommt.

Kauft Euch das Spiel.
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Verfasst: 29.06.18 14:19
3D Puzzle Adventure ohne wirklicher Story doch mit einzigartigem Gameplay und Rätsel Mechanismen.


Wenn ich es Zocke Stream ich es auch
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Verfasst: 27.01.15 04:48
Etwas verwirrend, schöne Grafik, kann man anbieten.
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Verfasst: 19.12.19 07:50
Gefällt mir nicht
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Verfasst: 13.10.19 05:28
I had to force myself to beat this.

It was that bad.

Mostly just boring.
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Verfasst: 17.06.14 00:33
[h1]THE BALL[/h1]

A puzzle-adventure game with action segments

Rating 6/10

Purchased For: Free

The Ball feels like an extended UE3 tech demo that's been fleshed out into a full game. This means there is a lack of real plot, narrative and character. Each new area feels like an excuse to show off puzzles or the environment rather than the story dictating locations and pacing.

Puzzles and combat are at the heart of the game and they both work together nicely with neither one taking precedence over the other. The game starts by dropping you into an undiscovered and mysterious ancient civilization buried deep beneath the earth. Of course like most ruined and ancient civilizations it comes beset with dangers; luckily you also find the ball of the title as well as a hand held artefact that controls its movement. The ball is a large and powerful weapon but also unwieldy, you can either magnetically draw the ball towards you or punch it away using a piston of varying power. Control of the ball is key as it'll be both your protector from arrow traps and monsters as well as solving numerous puzzles littered around the ruins.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271770381

Combat is bowling on a grand scale as you launch the ball towards the enemy watching as they topple like skittles; it's a great effect and really feels like it has an impact when it strikes down a horde of mummies. And they do come at you in hordes with combat often a quick affair as you fire the ball around trying to knock down as many of them in one go as possible. Firing the ball with too much power will strike down more enemies but also leave you vulnerable as you slowly draw the ball back, it's a fine balance and knowing when to fire the ball as well as when to bring it back is key to survival. Thankfully the combat never overstays it welcome and after clearing a room of enemies you'll end up with a new puzzle to solve.

These puzzles are probably the highlight of the Ball, it will obviously be compared to Portal and whilst not quite as ingenious the puzzles are still well thought out, neither being too complicated nor too easy. The majority of the puzzles require you to guide the ball over various obstacles to reach buttons that allow you to progress. The element of solving puzzles and exploring new areas as you descend further into the ruins is what makes the game.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=247173466

Once you've completed the main storyline there are a number of survival arenas which are hectic battle against the clock as waves of monsters stream into small arenas as you fire the ball around and set off traps in a desperate attempt to survive the round before it starts again. They are a nice time diversion after completing the game but no more than that.
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Verfasst: 06.06.14 05:39
I'd like to start this review by saying, the Ball wasn't a bad game, I just found myself bored a bit to often to confidently recommend.

The game itself functions well enough. I never encountered any game breaking glitches, never sank through the floor, lost the ball, or had a button simply not work. It plays just fine in that regard. The ball control is a bit wobbly in terms of getting it to shoot precisely, but it's very slight, and most of the puzzles allow for that little bit of wiggle room.

The puzzles are pretty easy, and never really force you to do any huge mental gymnastics. The hardest part of the game are the survival levels and those just involve surviving waves of enemies. The enemies are easy enough to kill (rolling the ball over them) but they're a non-threat for the the campaign and appear so sparingly in the campaign they almost feel a little out of place. They aren't there as a puzzle impediment like the turrets in portal, most times (a few exceptions), they're mostly just thrown at you to be a momentary antagonist.

The story is interesting. However you only get it through finding secrets and once you've clicked out of the text screen there's no way to recall that text without playing through the level and finding the secret again, so if you miss one that's unfortunate. The secrets themselves are easy enough to find, you just have to be patient and willing to hunt around for hidden alcoves and the like. They do however have a stage selector so if you really want to play a level over it's easy to do.

The game looks nice enough. The graphics are consistent, and I never saw any graphical glitches, but the ball itself is a bit annoying. Even transparent it's very noticeable and still impedes vision to a degree. The problem there lies in the design of the ball. The ball is made up of two parts. A round solid peice, and a complex framework. Everything fades out except for the framework, which there is a lot of, causing a sort of cage like effect on your vision.

Overall the game was alright. I don't regret buying it, or playing it. If you're looking for a game similar to portal, while this is in the same vein (logic puzzler), it isn't in the same league. If you want to have some fun walking through mildly Aztecian ruins, smashing some zombies, and solving some puzzles give it a shot.
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Verfasst: 29.03.20 20:10
(8/10)

Interesting first person puzzle game that has been sitting in my back-log for almost a decade at this point. I think part of the issue is the images and overall ambiance of it in the store seemed to put it as more of a horror game like amnesia or the like. In reality though its actually very much a puzzler, and it 'anticipated' the first person puzzle genre by almost 5 years.

Playing back through it I needed to muck through the settings files to make the resolution more proper for a modern screen but that was very doable, and overall I actually did enjoy playing through it. Not much in the way of music, but the ambient sound effects and overall graphical aesthetic were both pretty enjoyable, and its worth poking at if you have liked the more modern first person puzzle games (The Talos Principle, The Witness, etc). It is more primitive than those, but given its age that is to be expected, but really it is worth giving this oldie a shot.
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Verfasst: 24.03.20 19:33
It's like the Companion Cube levels from Portal. Without the emotional attachment, but certainly worth the while.

The ball being a puzzle solver as well as weapon is a neat idea. On one hand you have this mighty wrecking ball that kills in one hit, but it's sluggish movements still makes you feel frantic and helpless at times, which is a good trade-in to never make the player feel too overpowered. And the boss fights also make good use of it with their own mechanics.
The levels/worlds feature a lot of clever puzzle concepts around the use of the ball, often making you think outside the box. Though, I would have wished for a little more consistency with already established mechanics instead of learning new ones around each corner, but I can't say it caused me problems. The game guides you well through its challenges, I never felt overwhelmed or lost. It tends to get a bit too easy in fact, puzzles never get too complex, and a few of them can simply be brute-forced. The game also saves every bit of progress even if you die.
I liked the Mayan setting, moving through those ancient temples and machinery is quite an underrepresented sight in gaming. And while the feeling of reactivating the ancient Mayan machinery was enough for me as is, the story built around it is unnecessary for it is wasted potential. The finale does not resolute any of the mysteries built up during the game, and was overall pretty dissatisfying.
Graphically it's alright. Not amazing, but not too shabby either. I usually set my expectations low, so I was not disappointed. The sound design tends to be a bit inconsistent with effects and audible clues, which sound flat in contrary to the atmospheric soundtrack.

I feel that this game had a clear vision and some genuine thought put into it. Terrible plot aside, I've had genuine fun while it lasted. A neat idea that got well translated to gameplay.
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Verfasst: 17.07.20 19:13
Its really a dated piece. Not a horrible game. Not a good game either. Its, bland, extremely boring in spots. Not something you would really want to toss money at. I had basically gotten it free in a Solus Project bundle, so no real loss to me. However I couldn't really recommend this game all by itself as a direct purchase. Sorry.
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100 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22.07.20 06:24
The Ball is a mediocre physics puzzle game. Every puzzle is so simple that solving them never feels satisfying. There are occasional combat sections which provide a little variety but don't do much to flesh out the game.
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Verfasst: 22.06.20 09:54
I got The Ball when it came out in 2010 but sadly, I've never got around to play it through. I remember playing the first level and just leaving it there since I had many action games around that time. What a pity that was because ten years later, I finished the game and I had a great time with it!

I would say that The Ball is not too heavy on puzzles but it balances gameplay, story and aesthetics almost perfectly. The architecture is simply gorgeous: even though Unreal Engine 3 might look dated in 2020, you can expect some jaw-dropping scenery throughout the campaign. The puzzles are perhaps not the most difficult one but the fun factor is definitely there with the physics elements. The developers even included combat in the game and I was surprised it worked this well!

The story, however, easily could have been fleshed out more. It is interesting overall and the game's setting is indeed unique but much of the story is hidden in secret collectibles. If these story bits were more included in the main gameplay, then it would easily elevate the game's already thick atmosphere.

The Ball is an easy recommendation even at full price and it is a must-play for puzzle game fans!
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Verfasst: 03.09.20 18:04
[h1] Information / Review English [/h1]

The Ball is a first person shooter / adventure / puzzle game developed by Teotl Studios.

[h1] Gameplay / Story [/h1]

The story takes place in 1940, somewhere in Mexico: You are an archaeologist and work on the slopes of an extinct volcano until you suddenly get trapped in a cave and can't get out. It doesn't take long before you realize that it is much more than just a simple cave. You discover fabulous ancient ruins that have been kept secret from the outside world for centuries and come across a puzzling artifact: a mysterious gold-sheathed metal ball. The deeper you go into the volcano, some of the greatest mysteries of humanity will reveal themselves to you, incredible, unimaginable and horrific ...

[h1] Pro [/h1]

+ great physics engine
+ harmonious cave / temple atmosphere
+ more improvements for the ball throughout history
+ good and imaginative puzzle / design
+ easy to learn controls
+ well thought-out bosses
+ Help function
+ Achievements

[h1] Contra [/h1]

- Presentation could have been better
- no replay value
- weak fights
- more puzzles would have been nice

[h1] Conclusion [/h1]

If you can overlook a rather weaker story and prefer really great physics puzzles, you should definitely grab it here, because that's exactly what The Ball offers.


[h1] Information / Review Deutsch [/h1]

The Ball ist ein Ego-Shooter/Adventure/Puzzle Spiel, welches von Teotl Studios entwickelt wurde.

[h1] Gameplay / Story [/h1]

Die Geschichte spiel im Jahr 1940, irgendwo in Mexico: Du bist Archäologe und arbeitest an den Hängen eines erloschenen Vulkans, bis du plötzlich in einer Höhle eingeschlossen wirst und nicht mehr raus kommst. Es dauert nicht lange und du merkst, dass es sich um weit mehr, als nur eine einfache Höhle handelt. Du entdeckst sagenhafte antike Ruinen, die seit Jahrhunderten vor der Außenwelt geheim gehalten wurden und stößt auf ein rätselhaftes Artefakt: eine geheimnisvolle goldummantelte Metall-Kugel. Je tiefer du in den Vulkan eindringst, offenbaren sich Dir einige der größten Mysterien der Menschheit, unglaublich, unvorstellbar und grauenhaft...

[h1] Pro [/h1]

+ prima Physik - Engine
+ stimmiges Höhlen/Tempelamiente
+ mehr Verbesserungen für den Ball im laufe der Geschichte
+ gutes und ideenreiche Rätsel/Design
+ leicht erlernbare Steuerrung
+ durchdachte Endgegner
+ Hilfefunktion
+ Errungenschaften

[h1] Kontra [/h1]

- Präsentation hätte besser sein können
- kein Wiederspielwert
- schwache Kämpfe
- mehr Rätsel wären schön gewesen

[h1] Fazit [/h1]

Wer über eine eher schwächere Geschichte hinwegsehen kann und lieber auf Richtig tolle Physik-Rätsel steht, der sollte hier unbedingt zugreifen, denn genau das bietet The Ball.
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Verfasst: 07.10.20 05:06
This game is... not great. The puzzles are decent, but everything else is a chore. Every area of every level is massively large, and you'll spend way more time moving from a to b and figuring out the correct path to take than you will actually solving puzzles. The sfx are terrible and will drive you mad quickly. The plot is nonsensical and the writing is terrible.

On top of that, definitely do not play this game if you are achievement hunting: 2 of the 5 progress achievements didn't trigger, and multiple other achievements are stupidly grindy. Stay away.
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Verfasst: 25.09.20 20:33
5 hours in and completed the first 3 levels. So have less than 10% of players.
More walking than puzzles. There is a lot of walking and dragging or pushing your ball around across those distances. Put the puzzles closer. 4th level is a little better. Maybe half way through now.
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Verfasst: 25.09.20 00:31
I'm very impressed by the boredom I expierenced. C/very negative
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Verfasst: 05.12.20 11:31
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I got this game, probably to be surprised by a niche title. But I was simply disappointed by it. Couldn't even force myself to keep playing
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Verfasst: 06.01.21 02:07
This game just gets so boring.

Bought this game after playing The Solus Project (Great game by the way) in hopes that it would be just as good as that game. I was disappointed. Nothing really happens in this game it's just boring puzzles and bad fighting mechanics that lead to a worthless and forgettable gameplay experience
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Verfasst: 03.01.21 17:59
Idk what the fuck i bought
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Verfasst: 22.12.20 20:20
waste of time
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Verfasst: 25.03.21 08:42
So the comparisons to Portal are inevitable, but The Ball definitely stands on it's own. A lot of detail and attention has been put into the piston.. gun... thing that is used to manipulate the ball. The ball itself does a fantastic job of conveying it's weight and momentum too. Watching it crush a flock of monsters is visceral and fun to watch. So the game play is fun, and the graphics are detailed and very good looking. Unfortunately the game drags on a bit longer than it should, and the story, told through lush, hieroglyph loading screens simply isn't very interesting. Adding combat was a cool idea, but it gets tedious after a while. There are only so many ways you can crush something with a giant ball. Combine that with puzzles that never get very difficult and the game's length (18 hours, and I took my time) is hard to justify.

All in all it makes for some fun afternoons of play, but I can't recommend it as anything other than a mediocre example of a relatively new and exciting genre. It gets tedious after several hours, and the 10$ price point is too high considering how short the game is.
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Verfasst: 27.03.21 21:55
Indiana Jones style puzzler with a ball and chain grab mechanic to move said ball. Part tech demo, part graphics demo, and part game, its fun to check out from a bundle or under $5.
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Verfasst: 01.03.21 15:38
Good looking puzzle adventure. Not a big fan of first person jumping puzzles but there are not too many. The ball itself is a fun tool of destruction with many ways it can be altered and used. Get it on sale when you can.
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