Nevermind the convoluted introductory story; this is a good old break-the-wall game. There are a few twists, however; for example, you can buy power-ups for an additional life or an extended palette. The sound and the graphics are decent, though we can't say the same of the interface. It is not necessarily clear that Save The Human Race just means Start the Game, for example, and you can't customize control keys. X Ball does come with a handy world editor, in case you manage to get through all the levels. The game is engaging and elegantly fills the gap between serious titles such as Quake and nifty time-killers such as Minesweeper.
What's new in version 2.1
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedNovember 11, 2003
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
X Ball is a cash-based, break-out-style game. Anyone who has ever enjoyed classic break-out will love this brand-new twist on the game. You begin with $1,000, which slowly ticks down as you play. When it runs out, the game is over, so the faster you beat the levels, the better. Power-ups can be bought with your funding and stored for later use, making timing and power-up combinations a key aspect of gameplay. There are 40 different power-ups, too many types of bricks to count, an assortment of enemies, 30 default levels, and an additional 250 levels in the fast-growing library of user-contributed worlds. Moreover, a fully featured world editor makes it possible to create your own levels and submit them online from other X Ball users to download. Your levels get their own Web pages, screen shots, comment and ratings sections, and all-time-high-score lists. Creating levels can be a game in itself. All break-out fans should give this new game a try.