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Game Giveaway of the day — THE NED BALLS

THE NED BALLS - a Classic - physical timekiller.
User rating: 7 (88%) 1 (12%) 14 comments

THE NED BALLS was available as a giveaway on July 14, 2020!

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THE NED BALLS - a Classic - physical timekiller, where the player controlling the ball, must go the distance and get to the checkpoint, for a minimum period of time.
3D graphics, nice music and interesting puzzles
Ball control is performed by WASD buttons

System Requirements:

Windows 7 or newer: 32bit / 64bit





File Size:

19.6 MB



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The Ned Balls
In Brief
The Ned Balls is a simple and easy marble rolling game.
The Game
All the Steam community reviews in English are positive, though the four non English reviews are negative. You can see them HERE. You can also see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE and via the Steam store page HERE.
The reviews basically say (or imply) that 'The Ned Balls' is a very short game that can be completed in ten minutes and is not worth its full price of £0.79/$0.99. I counted a total of 16 levels and on my first try for each of the first three levels completed all three in a total time of 52.7 seconds, and could easily cut that time down significantly. Some of the later levels took around a minute to complete, though the last one can be completed in a matter of seconds if you choose the right path from four alternatives. The game play is okay and I like the fact that you can select any of the 16 levels to play right from the outset. There is a slight difficulty increase as you progress from the first to the penultimate level, but it's not significant. In fact the last level is actually one of the easiest to complete and probably the fastest so long as you choose the correct arm of the puzzle; (I did it in 6.1 seconds on my second attempt - the first attempt I chose the wrong arm of the puzzle, so took 21.1 seconds). To scroll through the levels just hold the left mouse button down on the right side of the level images and drag. You can use the mouse wheel if you wish, but you'll find it excruciatingly slow. All the levels are definitely far too short (in my opinion) for a commercial marble rolling game and there are no power ups, or hard to maneuver obstacles to confound you. If you fall off, there is only a fraction of a second lost as you re-spawn where you fell, instead of starting from the beginning like most marble rolling games I know of that force you to do start from the beginning of the level.
I have lots of these marble rolling games that are far longer and have many more levels; that said, I suppose you can't really complain when it's being given away free today, especially as it is playable. This is another of those games you could play during a coffee break. It doesn't have much replayability apart from maybe trying to beat your scores. The ball/marble is controlled by the WASD keys and is quite sensitive. Overall I'd give this a thumbs up, but only just. If a level editor was included it would add so much more to the game. I really enjoy marble rolling games, but today's offering was not challenging at all and was also rather disappointing. The simplistic levels are probably ideal for a young child of around five years old.
The first game I ever purchased for my son when he was still at primary school was a marble rolling game called Marble Blast Gold from Garage Games that we found while I was looking for a Rube Goldberg machine like computer game called Chain Reaction featuring a purple dinosaur (not Barney the dinosaur, which we also bought for our daughter) and was similar to The Incredible Machine but more 3D like. We still play both occasionally and he always beats my times, even when he was five years old. He loved the marble game so I purchased several others over the next few years including the famous Marble Madness game and a more upmarket one (graphically) called Switch Ball










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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Not finding where the Eternal Space thing is free anywhere. Did I miss something?

Reply   |   Comment by J.G.  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Hi J.G it was Endless Space

Here is the link:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk, Oh I see, the link near the bottom in the body of text went to a page which still showed it was a pay game.

Reply   |   Comment by J.G.  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's amusing to see people still play those stone age games today.

Reply   |   Comment by Nimit Muni  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nimit Muni,

Hi Nimit Muni, what's weird about it? I'm still playing games I bought back in the early 90's; one called Darkland, which IMO is still one of the best RPG's around I've just installed another one that I bought around the same time as Darkland called Epic (a 3D space shooter, that by today's standards looks so retro it may well have been created in the stone age); and granted the graphics are old for both games, but it's the actual game play that is important. The game play in Epic include massive space battles and planet based strafing runs, both of which are rare in today's space oriented games and are a lot of fun despite their retro graphics; and is another brilliant game that is superior to most shmups I've played over the last decade if you can look beneath the old graphics.

I also play marble rolling games and thoroughly enjoy them; (though I doubt I'll be playing this one again as I have far superior ones) , including oe that was originally released over two decades ago. The genre is great for short periods such as a coffee breaks, or a rest from playing more in depth games; for example Generation Zero which is one of my favorite games of the moment or the latest FPS or RTS.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Nimit Muni, why insult people you don't know because you believe you're "superior" to them in some way?

This is GGOTD, not Twitter or Facebook.

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A fun game, but not happy with my desktop being littered with various links to this developers stuff. Unacceptable, should ask permissions before adding this.

Reply   |   Comment by Blackhat  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)


Hi Blackhat, that's the price you pay for getting a commercial game for free. Those shortcuts are harmless and do not affect your system. It only takes a few seconds to delete them.

The only reason we get free games from Falcoware and the others such as MyPlayCity and TooMKY games is becasue they earn money from the adverts and browser redirections (when you close your game down). Part of that money is paid to the developer of the game you download for free. Prior to the financial crisis back in 2008, games used to cost a lot more, for example most casual arcaade games cost $19.99 each. Following the crash prices tumbles and many developers went bust. This free game model came about following that crash and enabled many developers to survive. It's also where we started to see unfinished AAA games being released and then multiple paid for DLC released later. This was because AAA developers who plowed millions into developing their games were also going bust (e.g. the developers of Red Faction Guerilla and Bioshock).

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This game needs an option to play with a gamepad. I can't stand games where a mouse controller or gamepad that would make the controls easier is not an option.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeffrey  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Jeffrey ,
Hi Jeffrey, I know how you feel, but for the opposite reason. I have games in my Steam library that are specifically designed to be played with a controller. I rarely play them because I much prefer a keyboard and mouse.

There's a program that enables you to play using a controller, but the name escapes me. (I don't like controllers)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"Ball control is performed by WASD buttons"
Is the game made by left-handed man?

Reply   |   Comment by Vladimir  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)


I'm left handed but always use the arrow keys for movement if I'm able to remap the controls. My left hand is my mouse hand, and even if there is no mouse control I find using my left hand on the keyboard uncomfortable, so WASD is actually not good for my left handedness.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Vladimir, I'm right-handed but use my left hand on the mouse. Most of the keys I use most (Enter, Backspace, Delete, Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, arrow keys, keypad... these need my right hand. The only left-hand keys I use a lot are Tab and Esc. When I'm typing, both hands are on the keyboard, but I much prefer a left-handed mouse. WASD is difficult for me but I tend to slide the keyboard to the right. For a game like this, a trackball or joystick would work best, but sadly few games support these inputs anymore. I never got into NES/Xbox/PS game controllers but can see where they could work for this game. Never understood why Windows makes it so extremely difficult to offer a good controller/joystick interface for games.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  6 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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