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Level 9 of the easy levels being played in Neverball 1.5.6
Level 9 of the easy levels being played in Neverball 1.5.4 (with silver tiles being moving platforms)
Developer(s) Robert Kooima
Designer(s) Robert Kooima
Mehdi Yousfi-Monod
Pasi Kallinen
Platform(s) Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Windows, AmigaOS 4, Dreamcast, MorphOS
Release date(s) November 2003
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single Player
Distribution free download

Neverball is a 3D platform game similar to Super Monkey Ball.[1] It is available for Windows platforms, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Dreamcast, AmigaOS 4, iOS, Maemo, and Android. Neverball is free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Version 1.0 was released in November 2003.[2]


The main gameplay of Neverball is based on moving a ball using gravity by tilting the game world, not directly controlling the ball[3] (it is somewhat similar to the game Labyrinth without the holes in the middle). The level must be tilted to help guide the ball to a goal, via an obstacle course, with a set time limit. Moving platforms and other objects get in the way, making levels progressively harder.

Several camera modes are available to help the player guide the ball, including chase camera, allowing the player to move along with the ball, and a manual camera, allowing the player to move the camera around, unhindered.

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, each having the values one, five, and ten, respectively. Collecting 100 coins in "Challenge Mode" gains an extra life.

Neverball 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 allows the creation of levels with GtkRadiant, the level creation program for popular games such as Quake. GtkRadiant has versions for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.


Neverputt 1.4.0 being played

Neverputt icon Neverball comes with an additional miniature golf companion game using the same physics, called Neverputt,[3] which comes with 3 course packs ranging from Easy to Hard. The 1.4.0 release of Neverball removed the ability to play Neverputt holes as levels inside Neverball. This spin-off game was made in October 2003.[2]

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  1. ^ "Robert Kooima, Creator of Neverball". 2005-10-19. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Cheese talks to: RLK". 19 June 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Giusti, Alessandro (2006-01-30). "Open source software and games". VA Software. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 

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