Review: Neverball





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Quick Information

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Additional Notes
Linux version available!This game is free!
Age Rating Suitable for everyone
License: Open Source
System used: Martha
Available From: Neverball.org

Linux users can also find this game in their distro's repository

Game Screenshots


Around the maze it goes


CHEESE IN SPACE


Catching air in space

General Notes

There are a number of games out there where you send a ball through a maze, but Neverball does things a little differently. It's a physics-based game where gravity does most of the work: instead of directing the ball, you tilt the level to make the ball roll in the direction you want.

While I can't see this having widespread appeal, it's still worth a try if you're willing to brave the unusual controls. After all, it's free.

Gameplay Summary

In Neverball, your objective is simply to roll the ball around the level gathering coins. Once you've acquired enough coins, the exit will light up and you're ready to leave the level. Getting those coins requires some care, as you control the ball by tilting the floor. This can often result in it rolling out of control, so you need to be careful.

Each level is also on a strict time limit. If you run out of time or the ball falls out of the playing area, you lose the level and need to try again.

Pros

Fast and responsive
Although it's 3D and features a lot of different parts working together, this game runs very quickly and takes almost no time to load.


Multiple ball options
If you want, you can visit the options menu to change what your ball looks like. Why settle for a dumb old marble when you could use a ball made of cheese? Or perhaps a magic 8 ball, an eyeball or the Earth? There's even a ball designed to look like one of the ghosts from Pac-man.


Multiple level sets
There are seven level sets included with the game. The challenges they offer are marked as being anywhere from easy to insanely difficult. Additional level packs are available from the community, so if you like the game and want to try more, it's out there.


Many obstacle types
Walls aren't the only thing that will get in your way. There are also elevators, moving platforms and different types of floors to cause you some trouble. In some levels you'll even need to send the ball flying by having it bounce off of small ridges at high speed.


Two types of high scores
For the competitive types, there are two different leaderboards. One records the quickest times for each level, and the other records who gathered the most coins before exiting the level.


Challenge mode
If you want to make things a little more difficult, there's a challenge mode that has you attempt to complete the levels with a limited number of balls. If you're anywhere near as good at this game as I am, you'll never make it to the third level.


Occulus Rift Support
For fans of the Occulus Rift, this is another game that promises to work with it.


Cons

Unusual controls make for a steep learning curve
In my opinion, Neverball's biggest weakness is the unique way you control the ball. It's extremely easy to send the ball hurtling in random directions with just the slightest nudge. Most people will probably find it too frustrating, and simply give up before they learn to control the game.


Concerns and Issues

May cause motion sickness
Depending on the camera you're using and the way you're trying to tilt the play field, this game can make you a little dizzy. Worse, when the ball inevitably gets out of control, the game's world will likely fly around pretty fast while the camera vainly tries to keep up.