A downloadable game

A puzzle/arcade game for the immortal C64Planet Balls was inhabited by peaceful balls that lived under the guidance of their King. But one bad day the evil Dark Cube made them all prisoners! Save King Ball and his subjects and restore peace on the planet!

Notes:

The game saves your progress to disk, so the next time you play it, you won't have to restart from the first level!

Press F7 on the main screen for some instructions.
Press RUN / STOP to restart the current level.
Press F3 to return to the first level.
Press F5 to go to the next level (if you've already reached it).

You can't put blocks in the air, but you have to stack them on top of existing ones (on blocks that allow it).

You can stack an unlimited number of blocks from bottom to top and remove them in reverse order.


Some tips:

  • Prepare the way in advance!
  • The balls can jump a block, but not 2 or more and only if they have enough space to do so!
  • You can't place a block over the balls, so you may need to group them together... but beware, once freed, they will separate again quickly!
  • Only one ball needs to reach the key, so separate one and lead it to the key.
  • You have to save at least half of the balls, for each color.
  • Some blocks are invisible and will appear once a ball passes over them!


N.B.: I got a lot of compliments for this game, thanks everyone.
I wish to add a note. I made it because I have always wanted to make a video game for my first computer (I was 8 when my parents gave it to me). But above all, because it reminds me of my father (who passed away last year) and the afternoons spent with him at that time, teaching me the rudiments of programming through the C64. Unforgettable moments.
I did it in his honor and memory. Thanks Dad.

StatusReleased
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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AuthorAGPX
GenrePuzzle
Tags2D, Arcade, balls, Commodore 64, planet, Retro
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsJoystick

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PlanetBalls.d64 170 kB

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Congratulations on this wonderful game that has given me hours of good fun!
I got stuck on level 16 though.
There is a step that I just can't get past (see picture).
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? :-)


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Hi, thanks for your appreciation. Well... apparently that is not the right direction for our creatures... if I were you (and if you have already opened the gates), I would try to go to the right, without being too much afraid of getting stung during the ascent. . . . . . . . . . . . .

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WOW, the challenge increases even more!
Thank you very much for your answer, your game is amazing!

I finished your game and after several months it is still one of my favorites. Do you plan on doing a sequel as well?

Well done on finishing, I can't get past level 16, even with the hint above!! I can get the white balls home, but can't figure out how to get the yellow ones home. I tried a similar route to the whites but built the blocks up higher hoping more invisible blocks would appear above the twin spikes next to the white cage, but it didn't happen, d'oh!

Hi, the yellow balls follow the same route as the white ones, except the fact that you have to remove the blocks before the white gate and let the yellow balls fall on the floor below.  Gather the balls and move them on the left: go upstairs and then reach the yellow gate on the right. Let the  balls fall from above on the gate. Either way, you've already done the hardest part!

Great, must give that a go, thanks Melvis👍

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Thanks again for that hint, got back to it and finished it, yippee! And a huge thank you to AGPX for writing this great little game, some of those later levels were real head scratchers 👍

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Very enjoyable game,  thanks AGPX. Just wondering how many levels there are? I'm on level 16 at the mo and judging by how tricky its getting I reckon I must be near the end!!

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Congratulations on reaching level 16, it's not easy. The number of levels is 22, so you are close to the end... but not too much :)

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Hey AGPX, I also posted about and recorded a video yesterday for this amazing game (https://vintageisthenewold.com/planet-balls-a-new-challenging-puzzle-game-for-the-c64-that-will-get-you-hooked/). It is nice to see something that are different once in a while!

I spent way too much time recording the video because I've got so hooked that I couldn't stop! This is certainly a professional-grade homebrew game for the C64. If we were in the 80s, this would be a best seller and you would be a rich man :)

Thanks, it's my first C64 game.

Lemmings! :] With bubbles! Really cool!

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Hi, thanks for the nice comments.

@Saberman: nice video. A hint: sometimes it's useful to stop and group the balls by creating a "pit" like this:


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Nice game!

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Nice game, It reminds me of Lemmings, One bit you could improve is to have music or some sort of sound fx's while playing a level, but other then that it's a Great Game.