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Deep down in the dark and gloomy dungeons of the Spike Empire, an innocent bouncy ball has been held in captivity, chained to…. a ball, a heavy iron ball that is!

Ball and Chain is an endless runner where the difficulty ramps up until you inevitably “drop the ball.”

One day, after a generous helping of helium (no idea where he found it), our hero decides to flee the Spike Empire and return to the land of fun and games.

You control the helium filled hero and while the iron ball limits your movement, it can also be used as a weapon! Your escape for freedom comes to an end when you either collide with an enemy, or are crushed by a wall. Pressing the fire button shortens the chain and gives tighter control over the iron ball, releasing the button pushes the iron ball to the opposite direction.

The score increases the longer you stay alive. Collect coins and stars along the way to increase your score further. Stars improve the time base scoring factor, but come at a cost. They also increase the mass of the iron ball, thus increasing its weight and inertia until you are unable to spin it or even lift it from the ground.

Destroying enemies release powerup bubbles with one of four color coded perks:

  • Yellow : Coin magnet
  • Grey : Iron skin - Protects the rubber ball for a short time
  • Blue : Changes the iron ball into a balloon with no weight or inertia
  • Green : Slows the scrolling down

Music by

Crisps

Soundtrack now available


Updated 3 days ago
Published 27 days ago
StatusReleased
Authordrmortalwombat
GenreAction
TagsCommodore 64, Endless Runner

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ballnchain.prg 50 kB

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Cool game - I've spend "some" time playing it since I played it for the first time(s) for the video I've released at my channel:

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sick soundtrack

thank you!

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Amazing little gem! But is there only a single environment?

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Just a quick snack game so far, if I would feel compelled to make a cartridge version, I would have the freedom to add more art sets

and I would have the ability to add to the soundtrack :]

A very good game, thanks for that! I have one small criticism: It's a pity that you can't get to the title screen after entering a name in the highscore, the game always restarts immediately.

Just wait, it will return

Thanks, that works!

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Kudos, a really nice game...gonna do a challenge with my wife soon :D

very good

Nice idea for a game. Well done! Some lovely touches gone into this.

Nice concept ! Great game !

Love it :)

great work dr!

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Nice game!