Retro Gaming: Street Ball – PC DOS

SB

 

I recently stumbled across this rather fun little puzzle/arcade game whilst surfing around Abandonia and then a web based version via XTDOS where you’ll find this and many other DOS classics available to play directly from your browser (java).

http://www.xtdos.com

The aim of the game is to collect various items that are scattered throughout a large play area using a bouncing ball that you have semi-control over. The ball will move on it’s own accord bouncing off other walls and obstacles until you press a directional key to send it bouncing in another direction. Timing, a good aim or sheer luck is in order here and once you’re collected all of the items, you’ll then need to find the warp hole that’s located somewhere around the map. Aim your street ball at the warp hole to complete the level.

It all sounds rather odd but it’s works really well and quite unique. Later levels can become very addictive especially as each new level adds more devious obstacles and traps to avoid. Definitely a ‘one go go’ kinda game.

Here’s a look at Street Ball in action.

Reading the info at Abandonia, Street Ball is based on an old 1988 Commodore 64 game called – PARAGON. If it’s as half as fun as it’s older DOS brother then I’m curious to investigate more……which I did….and it’s great….in fact, basic though it is, I think I prefer the c64 original.

Paragon C64.

PA64

 

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