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Use your mouse to tilt the floor, to roll a ball through an obstacle course within the given time. If the ball falls or the time expires, a ball is lost. The goal is to direct the ball so that you collect a certain number of colored coins and then reach the finish point. The more coins you collect, the higher your score. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill! The current version includes 75 Neverball levels for pure fun. It's trickier than it sounds!
- Name: neverball
- Official URL: http://icculus.org/neverball/
- Type: Puzzle Game
- Repository: Fedora
- License: GPL
- Download Size: Approximately 14MB
- Installed Size: 30MB
Installing and Running
Neverball is available under the Fedora repository, and can be installed using the yum tool. To install, either use a front-end tool (like yumex) or issue the following command in a terminal as root:
yum install neverball
This will grab the game and all its dependencies from the Internet, so you need to be connected to the Internet. After installing, you can run the program under the menu:
Applications -> Games -> Neverball
Or press ALT+F2 on your desktop (or go to a terminal like
neverball, and press Enter.
The default configuration should be fine with modern systems. You are able to just start the game and play, but if you're willing to tweak the game, for better gameplay and graphics adjustments, then there are two ways to go: The
Options in-game menu and the configuration file located in
$HOME/.neverball/neverballrc (where $HOME is your users' home directory).
Basic configuration can be done in the
Options in-game menu. Just run the game, select this option and you can: Toggle full screen on/off, setting resolution size in window mode, configuring graphics (textures, geometry, reflection, background, shadow), and audio (quality, volume).
More information about configuration can be seen in Neverball's readme file, located in
/usr/share/doc/neverball-<version>/README (where <version> is the game's current version).
One special feature is that the mouse sensitivity can be adjusted, and this affects gameplay deeply. This specific setting is a configured setting
mouse_sense to a given number in the configuration file
neverballrc. The default value is 300, and a smaller number means more sensitivity. Experienced players sometimes will find this option useful.
After starting the game, move your mouse carefully and try to move the ball along to collect as many coins as possible. The initial 'easy' course also contains some in-game instructions on how to play and presents some challenges for the beginner player. You must collect the specified coins number (or more), and reach the final target before the time runs out, all this without letting the ball fall of the table.
Red coins are worth 5 coins, and Blue coins are worth 10. When you get 100+ coins, you get an extra ball. There is also tele-transporters, moving platforms, holes, moving blocks and many more obstacles. It's up to you to surpass them and make a real score!
While playing, the mouse motion tilts the floor, and the mouse buttons rotate the camera. If you have a joystick configured, this can be used too.
Also, there are other options accessible by pressing these keyboard keys:
SPACE- Pause/Resume (This releases the mouse on window mode too)
ESC- End Game/Exit
SHIFT- Fast camera rotation
F1- Default Camera
F2- Lazy Camera
F3- Static Camera
F7- Toggle wire mode
F8- Toggle nice mode
F9- Toggle frame counter
F10- Take a screenshot (and writes to your home directory)
F12- Toggle look-around mode
Neverball has the ability to record and replay your performance on its levels. After finishing a level, you can save your reply under a chosen name. It will be saved on
.neverball under your home directory. By default, the most recent unsaved level will be automatically saved to a file named Last. This gives you the hability to copy and share your replays freely with friends, or getting experienced players' replays and learn from them.
A player community has arisen for Neverball. You can find a hall of fame with many replays at the Nevertable - Neverball Hall Of Fame . A user forum where you can share stories and levels with other players is available at the Neverforum .
Copying the replays into your directory will automatically include them into the Replay menu in-game.
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