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Neverball is a single player 3D platform game similar to Super Monkey Ball. The main gameplay of Neverball is based on moving a ball using gravity by tilting the game world, not directly controlling the ball (it is somewhat similar to the game Labyrinth without the holes in the middle). The mouse (or a similar pointing device), keyboard, or joystick tilt the level to help guide the ball to a goal, via an obstacle course, with a set time limit. Moving platforms and other crazy objects get in the way, making levels progressively harder. To unlock the goal on each level, the player must collect a required amount of coins. Coins come in three different colors: yellow, red and blue. Yellow coins are worth 1, red are worth 5 and blue are worth 10 coins or points. Collecting 100 coins gains an extra life.
The game contains many levels, split into 3 level sets - as well as a lot of holes in the Neverputt subgame. The first Neverball level set is Easy (for beginners), and the other two are for more expert players (Medium, and Hard respectively).
Neverball features other challenges such as collecting as many coins as possible within the time limit, or just to see how quickly the player can finish a level. Easy, Medium and Hard high scores are available for each and every level.
Three camera modes are available at the press of a key. Pressing F1 switches to the Chase Camera, which rotates to follow the ball quickly and closely. Pressing F2 switches to the Lazy Camera, which is the same as the Chase Camera, but responds slower. Pressing F3 switches to Manual Camera, in which the camera will only rotate when you press the specific buttons for it (default is left / right mouse buttons).
The game features a replay recording system, which records gameplay in any level. Recording begins automatically when the level begins. Replays can be saved when a level is cleared, or when the ball falls off the level.
Neverball has relatively high system requirements for smooth play, but it is possible to lower the resolution, the graphics and sound compression to get Neverball running faster on more modest systems. A processor that runs at least 1000 MHz, and a good graphics card are recommended for fast running gameplay.
Neverball comes with an additional miniature golf companion game using the same physics, called Neverputt, which comes with 3 course packs ranging from Easy to Hard.
To install Neverball (version 1.4.0), open a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install neverball
Let the installation process take place, and once it's done you should be able to find both Neverball and Neverputt:
in GNOME: under Applications > Games > Neverball / Neverputt,
in KDE: under K Menu > Games > Arcade > Neverball / Neverputt,
in Xfce: right click with your mouse on the desktop and go to Games > Neverball / Neverputt.
Alternatively you can type
in a terminal and get them up and running that way.
Play the game (a quick set up guide)
- Launch Neverball.
- Then press "Play".
- Choose level set.
- Choose level.
- Read the information about the level and click to begin.
Have fun! =)
Please note that you will need to have 3D drivers for your graphics card installed if you want to play the game with a smooth framerate.