Note: The game may take a long time to start after clicking on the exe. This started happening for some reason during development and I didn't have time to investigate.


You and the rest of your kin have been captured and imprisoned by some mean goblins. Luckily the goblins didn't realize that trying to keep you locked down with a ball and chain was a bad idea. Swing the ball around as a weapon to smash prison bars and fight guards, but be careful: It's just as capable of hurting you as it is your enemies.

  • Move: Directional keys
  • Hold ball in place temporarily: A (or Q for those AZERTY users)
  • Restart Level: R
  • Fullscreen: Alt + Enter
  • Quit: Alt + F4

The ball will only do damage once it's moving at a decent speed. Running in circles can help to start (and keep) the ball spinning around you. You can also hold the ball in place (press A) then run away from it to give it a boost in speed when it's released. Just make sure to move out of the way once it's released so it doesn't hit you.

  • Made by Veralos
  • Made with GameMaker: Studio
  • Sound effects made with Bfxr
  • Music made with Beepbox
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  • Tero Hannula

    Because you did not participate 27th jam I decided to play this game instead, as I tried to play everyones game, who had given me feedback.

    Game mechanic was good on paper, and fitted 26th theme well (on practice it was too hard to control). It took me a while to understand how the ball reacted, and I kept killing myself, but I found the best strategy by myself, which you did also mention here in feedback. I liked the music, and although game graphics were simple, they worked. Gameplaywise, the ball hit myself too easily even when I tried to walk slowly (snapped to player if you went even slight too fast). If ever you want to continue with this idea, give player option to grab the ball and carry it, making player vulnerable and more slow.

    Too bad I did not participate last jam or wasn't rating back then, this was good and I see you also got good result :)

    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      5yrs ago

      I'm surprised you decided to check out an old game but it was nice of you to do so.

      I'm glad you liked the core mechanic. To be honest... I had a good idea of how I wanted the ball to move but didn't really know to implement it. I had to play around a bit and just go with the best implementation I could come up with. Unfortunately that meant it was a bit too easy to hit yourself. I fixed it in the post-jam version by just increasing how fast the ball must go before damaging you, but that carrying idea also sounds like an interesting solution.

      Anyway, thanks for the feedback!

  • Jupiter Hadley
    Lv. 13

    Challenging and fun game! I included it in my compilation video series of all of the GM48 games, if you’d like to take a look. :)

  • Problematicar
    Lv. 37

    Pretty much one of my fav games of the jam, as usual for your games there's insanely good gameplay with average art and sound, the difficulty curve was actually really balanced and while the level design wasn't necessarily great in all the levels it was still pretty good.

    You threw me a curveball (hah get it?) at the end tho, that level was so hard T_T

    Universe T

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    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      It's great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Sorry about the last level - I actually only managed to beat it once myself before submitting the game.

  • Fachewachewa

    Gawd, I had to give up on the last level, this is harder than the spelunky run with ball&chain D: I think everything has been said before, but yeah, even while taking my time to move I ended up hitting myself, it was really infuriating.
    I ended up using the same strat you told kwis, but the problem is level are so big towards the end (and require backtracking) that small mistakes add up really fast. I mean, you can literally die on the way to the exit in an empty level!

    Anyways, this is a really cute and fun game nonetheless, and the idea is pretty nice, even if it's more "harmful but helpful" than "helpful but harmful" :D

    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      Yeah, I think the main issues with the game have been covered pretty well so I won't go into it either.

      Anyway, thanks for playing and I'm glad you liked the idea.

  • Kwis
    Lv. 67

    Usually with your games I try my best to get until the end but... I really had too much troubles with the controls :/

    I hit myself with the ball way too much. the way it handicaps my basic movements is what makes it frustrating. Generally with handicaps like these, you should try to avoid getting too deep into the basic expectation of interaction with the player; I mean that you should have some kind of set ground to normally move. For example, you could have a walk mode vs run mode, where the run mode activates the ball's mechanics. I think it would have helped, especially when you destroyed everyone and just want to safely get back everyone. I was just tapping the button at that point, which was annoying, but far easier to deal with than the "running in circle" trick (that is also not very fun imo). You should have a way to safely move (but not attack).

    That said, pretty cool idea and wow, again lots of content!

    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      I find this is the most efficient way to move:

      • Hold the ball in place
      • Walk towards where you want to go while it's held
      • Dodge the ball when it's released
      • Let it spin around you a bit while the hold cooldown wears off
      • Repeat

      In hindsight requiring an advanced strategy just to move around without killing yourself was probably a bit much. All of the feedback I've been receiving has made that clear. Thanks for proposing that walk/run idea - it sounds like an interesting solution.

      Anyway, thanks for playing and sorry it's so frustrating.

  • Nathanael
    Lv. 3

    Theme is on point! As was I when the goblins shanked me. I didn't manage to finish the game but that is probably my ineptitude when it comes to games. The core mechanic of the ball was great fun when I got it swinging, and holding the ball in place helps allot with the mechanic, otherwise the ball is to hard to get swinging around you. Very solid game.



    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      Thanks for the feedback. If the other comments are anything to go by it's not too unusual to not reach the end - some of the later levels get quite tough especially when you have to worry about not hitting yourself a lot more.

  • matharoo
    Lv. 5

    Nice idea, but I feel like this could've been done a lot better. It is too easy to hit yourself with the ball.

  • _l3on_
    Lv. 8

    As other said this game need a gamepad to be enjoyed.

    I reached the last level with the keyboard before surrend and use joytokey.

    However the ball mechanic is brilliant, first levels are really fun, sound and music are good too :)

  • Fin_Nolimit
    Lv. 6

    Perfect use of the theme!!! Holy crap that game was super HARD!!!!!!! I'm glad for your tips but I still was not able to beat the game. I'm going to try again tomorrow when I've had more sleep. I was trying to find a good pattern to use besides just running in circles but I just could not find anything better than running in circles. aaaaaaaa.. lol Nice job!!

    EDIT HAHA just watched your walkthrough and wow that is lot of levels!! Every time I kill the bad guys I would walk SUPER SLOW so that I could get all the prisoners and get to the next level and get my health back. I am going to have to figure out how to move fast without getting hit!!!!!



    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      It's good to hear you liked the use of the theme.

      Running in circles is more or less what it boils down to, but you can use the hold ability to reposition yourself and send the ball in different directions. I don't really know how much it will change things but I have a gameplay video you could try looking at for help:

  • Panda-K
    Lv. 17

    Great use of the theme! It was fun, but a little frustrating. I am keen to try the post-jam build, since you added controller support. Where can I find it?

    I found that I tended to die while walking around, as I couldn't find a comfortable way to move. This was really interesting at first, but started to wear me down as I would often die on my way to the exit after clearing the level.

    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      I'm glad you like the used of the theme, and I'm sorry it was so frustrating.

      I don't usually publish the post jam version until after the rating period is over (so I have time to gather feedback and implement any changes/additions I want to) but here is what I have right now:

      Current changes

      • Added gamepad support (use left stick to move, press A to hold the ball and press B to restart a level)
      • Reduced the freeze upon killing an enemy
      • Made it easier to walk without constantly hitting yourself (I increased the minimum speed the ball must be moving at before it will damage you)
      • Some minor bug fixes
  • Adventure Byte
    Lv. 12

    Great use of the theme and nice character design! The mechanic was unique and it was fun to play. I didn't manage to make it to the very end but enjoyed the levels I got to play.

    I second the toning down the ball hitting you in the back when you walk slow.

    Nice job! I think its a cool addition to any game library!

  • QuibbleCoatl
    Lv. 11

    The mechanics are fantastic for the theme, very clever. The graphics are nice and actually a bit cute. Sound is nice but the bgm got a little bit grating by the end. All is good on the technical side.

    I don't think it would have been possible for me to finish this game without using joytokey with a joypad, using the keyboard to swing the ball is very painful after a while. I think the game should have native gamepad support.

    For gameplay, the first half was great. As the levels got a little too long it became quite tedious to play, I was inching to the end to avoid killing myself after everything was finished. I think the last levels are a little too long for their own good.

    Minor criticisms. Camera moves too much too fast, which made me a little ill by the end, maybe a slight follow delay would've helped? The game freezes on an enemies death, This might have been added for an impact effect or a bug, but I wasn't a fan.

    All up, fantastic idea, good game, marred a bit by a frustrating end.

    • Veralos
      Lv. 38
      Veralos Developer of The Breakout

      6yrs ago

      Thanks for playing, I'm glad you enjoyed the idea.

      I didn't really think about gamepad support, but that's a good idea that I really should have added. I've implemented it in the post jam build now, though.

      The long levels issue is a bit trickier. The levels are supposed to get harder as they go, but ideally that shouldn't be to the point of frustration. I could at least try tweaking things so it's a bit easier to walk normally without constantly hitting yourself in the back.

      I usually keep things simple by gluing the camera to the character, but it definitely would have made sense for it to be smoother considering how much time you spend spinning in circles. Also yes, the freeze thing was intentional. I was experimenting with the effect to add more impact to killing enemies, but it should probably be toned down.