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The Ball

Tripwire's first-person puzzle adventure launched on Steam.

Monday 18 th October 2010, Roswell, GA: Tripwire Interactive and Teotl Studios are pleased to announce that Teotl’s First Person Action-Adventure Puzzler – The Ball – is now available to pre-purchase on Steam. Accompanying the pre-purchase is an all new launch trailer and some exciting pre-purchase exclusives. Pre-purchasing The Ball before October 26 th will nab you 10% off the game and will instantly unlock an exclusive playable character for Tripwire Interactive’s hit co-op survival-horror shooter, Killing Floor. The Ball hero archeologist character for Killing Floor will only be available as part of this pre-purchase so move quickly if you don’t want to miss out! And The Ball is already winning praise from the critics in the previews and early reviews:

“An utterly beautiful game… may well be the next Portal…” – Strategy Informer

“Unbelievably satisfying to crush your enemies… a deep and captivating game.” – PC Gamer

“The Ball is extraordinary” – PC Action

“Portal gets competition” – GameStar

“…don’t let The Ball go under your radar, especially for that price” – Game Guide World

“The Ball is an action-packed puzzle game that provides an endless amount of replay value” – Gamerant (4.5/5)

“The Ball is a must-buy Indie game of 2010… The graphics are simply beautiful… A superb debut title” – MMGN (89%)

“a genuinely fun and challenging game” – Goozernation (4/5)

“I’ve enjoyed the game so much that I think I’m going to play it again after finishing the review.” – Gamers’ Route (85%)

“gives puzzle loving gamers exactly what they have been asking for” – Game Rant (90%)

The Ball will launch on 26 th October at a price of $19.99 on Steam (17.99 €/£14.99 for Europe). During the pre-purchase period, there will be a 10% discount – so now is the time to buy your copy of this great first-person puzzle game that is attracting so much attention! Head for the Steam store page now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/35460/.

More about the game:

The Ball is a first person action-adventure game featuring a full single-player experience built on Epic's Unreal™ Engine 3 technology. As a swashbuckling archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant volcano somewhere in Mexico, you get stuck in a cavern. It doesn't take long before you realize this is more than just a cave. You reveal ancient ruins that have been hidden from outsiders for centuries and discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and metal shelled Ball. As you progress towards solving the mystery of this amazing place you must unlock the secrets of The Ball and learn to control this ancient artifact. You will also start to encounter not just puzzles and traps, but also various strange creatures - the guardians of this mystery. These creatures also have to be overcome, using only The Ball to defend you. Venturing deeper into the volcano, you reveal some of mankind's greatest secrets.

Key features:

8 hours of single-player adventure Game mechanics that are very simple to pick up, immersing the user in the physics-based gameplay right from the start 8 huge levels to explore Includes bonus Survival game mode, with 4 additional levels Wide range of enemies to overcome, including mummies, an undead gorilla and boss characters Unique vehicles - an underground train and the mysterious "Ball Chariot" More than 30 secrets hidden away to be discovered, as well as multiple achievements for the player to earn Steamworks™ features including achievements and leaderboards About Tripwire Interactive

Based in Roswell, Georgia, Tripwire Interactive is an entertainment software developer and publisher founded in 2005 by the award-winning mod team and winners of the 2004 edition of the "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal" competition. Released in early 2006, Tripwire Interactive's debut retail title Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 achieved both critical and commercial success garnering several awards including "Multiplayer Game of the Year" and "FPS of the Year" for 2006. Killing Floor, Tripwire's second title, jumped straight to the top of the Steam best-seller list and instantly became one of the top-ten most played FPS games in the world. With some of the most-played PC multiplayer games on the market and over 1,000,000 units sold on PC, Tripwire Interactive have proven that with hard work, determination, and great distribution partners, independent game developers can still make a big splash in the games industry. And if that wasn’t enough, in 2010, Tripwire is publishing Zeno Clash, The Ball, and Dwarfs, bringing more independent developers’ products to the world. For more information visit Tripwire Interactive's website at www.tripwireinteractive.com.

About Teotl Studios

Based in Vittinge, Sweden, Teotl Studios is a game development start-up focused on creating quality and immersive single player experiences. The staff is a unique mix of seasoned veterans and talented enthusiasts. 

The studio's first title, The Ball, started out as a critically acclaimed mod. It came second in the 2010 edition of Epic Games' "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal" competition, and also secured ModDB's "Best Singleplayer Mod of 2008" award. Recently the game was awarded funding by the Nordic Game Program, an initiative from the Scandinavian governments to promote and support regional game development. With the full version of The Ball, Teotl Studios aims to continue this success and present the world with an atmospheric, memorable, and above all fun experience. For more information visit Teotl's website at www.teotlstudios.com.


Downloadable version of the launch trailer:


And the Ball Killing Floor character:


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