Though it's an interesting, arcade-style space shooter, Space Balls' graphical and gameplay drawbacks keep it from earning our full support. After launching the application, you get an options screen that lets you change the game's difficulty level, increase the number of rockets and shields, and switch the music on or off. The object of the game is to destroy flying balls with your rocketship, but our tests revealed that this deceptively simple mission is a frustrating chore. First of all, we couldn't tell if the spaceship was flying or idling. Also, the vessel moves extremely slowly, making it easier for incoming balls to annihilate it. Worse still, you have to strain to see your own shots, which makes it tough to hit the balls. Incoming shots from alien vessels are likewise too small for you to adeptly dodge them. We think Space Balls has potential but needs a major overhaul before it will entertain most folks.
What's new in version 1.1
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedDecember 20, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Space Balls is a simple, old-fashioned, arcade space shooter--the kind of game in which you can shoot your thumb off or crack your spacebar. The goal is to blast away as many balls as possible, or avoid them, using your keyboard or joypad/joystick. Some settings can be altered to make the game easier or harder to play. Version 1.1 features a small change in the gameplay and some bug fixes.