I’m Rolling, I’m Rolling, I’m Rolling, I’m Rolling-nerrrr: InFlux

By John Walker on October 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

Ever since I couldn’t get past the third level of Marble Madness, I’ve found a real affection for rolly-ball games. Even Super Monkey Ball! So I’m intrigued by a project from Aussie devs, Impromptu Games: InFlux. It’s a puzzle platformer, of sorts, in which you roll a small ball around what looks to be extremely varied locations, defying and embracing gravity. It looks at once calming and complex – just like me! You can see a bunch of footage below.

Impromptu describe the game as offering “meditative exploration”, which I think means it has some nice ambient music in the background. From what I understand, you are a mysterious metal sphere that has fallen from the sky into a desert island, rolling around in occasionally luscious environs, betwixt glass houses that contain abstract puzzles. Well, ignore my words, let’s use moving pictures:

This is the overworld, which shows some really gorgeous use of the UDK:

And this is a glass house puzzle room, that makes me feel a bit daunted:

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this game, by the way. It was originally spotted by Lewie in Feb 2011, when it had the horrendous name, Ballin’ Out Of Control. Oh thank goodness they changed that.

They’ve just got themselves into the braying cockfight of Greenlight, but I can’t see why it would have much trouble getting onto Steam and elsewhere through the usual channels.

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23 Comments »

  1. Firewill says:

    It sure looks gorgeous, it reminds me of Switchball this ball-puzzler-ambient thing, also the fact the ball iluminates the ambient the different power ups and ambientations.
    Anyways the puzzles ( atleast from what I can tell from the Glasshouse one ) looks fairly more complex and creative, I’m going to keep an eye out for this one!

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    felisc says:

    “ballin’ out of control” :)
    silly name indeed

  3. SuperNashwanPower says:

    The devs are jolly nice chaps too. I had a mini-conversationette with them in the greenlight comments. Apparently it is open world exploration, and you discover locations and explore them. Sort of a rolly Skyrim.

    • Telzis says:

      Dragonball!

      Edit: The game itself looks like a 3D NightSky, not a bad thing.

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    yandexx says:

    This reminds me of a little nice puzzle game called Ballance where you could change ball’s state to stone, wood or paper.

  5. Lekker Pain says:

    Kula World.

  6. Ross Angus says:

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw … how does it go again?

  7. Greggh says:

    waitaminute, this (type of) game is coming to the PC?!?!

    What next? Katamari Damacy?? My! This is great news!

  8. archagon says:

    Within a Deep Forest 3D?

  9. Joe W-A says:

    Thanks guys!
    If anyone has questions about the game feel free to ask in here.

  10. kodx says:

    It’s reminds me NeverBall http://neverball.org/index.php

  11. Laffles says:

    First screen reminds me of mirrors edge. Looks interesting.