The Ball – The Brief

A boy and his ball

You are an explorer. Digging down through the top of a mountain you discover ancient ruins and artefacts. You pick up the first dangerous gun like thing you find. It is not a gun. It is one part of a two part weapon, the remote control and the ball.


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This puzzle adventure game is set in an Aztec inspired, South American style ruins. The game starts when the player is dropped down a hole with no apparent way out. Rather than just staying put and waiting for a rope to be dropped down the obvious action is to go deeper into the caves. Inside you will find puzzles, all of which can conveniently be solved using either your own body or the ball.

These puzzles are basic affairs, you move platforms, put items on buttons, throw the ball at broken walls and adjust water levels. While not being a bad game by any standards, very little of what they have done is new or interesting.


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During your wanderings you will be stalked by a big zombie which generally helps you along the way. This does not stop other zombies from making your acquaintance. Those you do meet will generally be splattered quite quickly by having a ball flung over them. I must give this game credit. Using the ball as a weapon was really fun. I would love to see this single action expanded in another game.

This game did not tickle my heartstrings. The rails sections were some of the most boring rails I have been on, the setting, while unique, what generally vacant and uninspiring. And there was so little colour. It was just so drab. The puzzles themselves did no favours and there were very few redeeming interactions. That said, for me this places it as firmly mediocre puzzle game.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...