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Game #3698
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  A Whole New Ball Game    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Fanmade Remakes
Puzzle   Reflex-oriented

Rating: 7.04 (46 votes)

A Whole New Ball Game box cover

A Whole New Ball Game screenshot
A Whole New Ball Game is a solid Windows remake of the Spectrum ZX game of the same name, designed by Pete Cook in 1988. The object of the game is to capture all yellow “Energy-Pills” on each level by rolling the ball over them. You cannot control the ball directly, but can change its course by placing mirrors to deflect the ball off of.

Your progress is hampered by teleporters, slime (which naturally multiplies, thereby blocking tiles you want to put mirrors on) and traps (which kill your ball). There are also special items on the level, such as speed-up and slow-down blocks which can either help or hinder depending on how shrewd you use them. On top of great gameplay and devious level designs, the game even includes a level designer you can use to make your own levels (this was present in the original game as well).

This Windows remake is a superb recreation of the original, with the same graphics and gameplay that made it a blast to play. Too bad it excludes the fun fractal tree generator program that shipped with Pete Cooke’s release, but hey, we can’t have everything ;) Two thumbs up for this fun arcade-style puzzler.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Pete Cooke & Equin0x Tetrachloride
Developer: CRL Group
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2000
Software Copyright: Pete Cooke & Equin0x Tetrachloride
Theme: Design Tool
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site, Reflect It - freeware PocketPC version
If you like this game, try: Chromatron 2, Deflektor, Mindbender

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