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Written by Shigamoto   
Tuesday, 01 February 2005
Breakout clones are overwhelming the Shareware market. This game is a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded segment.

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The game play in King of the Ball is not that different from other similar games. Your main task is to destroy bricks with a ball. It is essential that you do not let the ball hit the bottom of the screen; it will cause you to loose. To steer the ball you use a paddle, which you control with the mouse or the arrow keys on the keyboard.

 

After a while you notice that the game isnít that hard to master, mainly thanks to the very good physics engine that works in nine times out of ten. The only thing I have against the engine is that itís extremely hard to predict where to ball goes after it has hit the paddle.

 

During the game you will receive power ups, for example one that will make the ball go through all the blocks.

 

Graphically King of the Ball is a very beautiful game. The graphics resembles Nintendo graphics from Donkey Kong or something (of course that depends on what level you play). All the graphics are in pure 3D and itís definitely the best graphics I have seen in any breakout clone so far.

 

The soundtrack is a pretty catchy collection of tracks. They generally resemble pop music and for a game like this itís suitable.  Sure it could have been a more diversified soundtrack, but the current one does the trick.

 

King of the Ball also features an Internet option so that you can upload your high scores and compare them to other players around the world, very neat. Another nice option thatís included is the cooperation play that makes it possible for two players to play on the same computer.

 

The game lacks a save game function, it isnít fun if you have completed 30 levels and then suddenly you loose and have to start all over again. Sure thatís the charm of arcade games, but it can also be very frustrating.

 

King of the Ball is a really nice breakout clone. It has some features of itís own which makes it a bit special, the graphics are really nice. I wish that the physics had been just a bit better and that a save game feature were included, but overall a good game with tons of fun included.

 

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Developer: White Blobs

Website for Game: http://www.whiteblobs.com/games/kingoftheball/kingoftheball.htm
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game: $19.95 for the Gold Edition

Requirements:

Pentium III 700 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 3D Graphics Card

Tested on:    
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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