Battle Ball

Power House

Status: Full Game, Findability: 2/5

Also known as: Cyba-Ball

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Part of a series of Power House titles which never quite saw the light of day.

Battle Ball was deemed another shoot ’em up in which the Battle Ball of the title must destroy a world defence computer gone haywire. This was all the information given out on this interesting title.

The game was an enhanced SEUCK effort done cheekily by Stoo Cambridge, using a tool which he was part of!

It was done mainly as a laugh at the time to make some quick money using a well proven game production tool they used. In the early days of SEUCK, it was becoming fairly common for people trying to submit SEUCK games to be released as commercial efforts.

This particular SEUCK effort was hacked a lot by Stoo to ensure it didn’t look first off like a SEUCK game – though a look under the bonnet would surely prove it used the engine.

Stoo sold the game to Power House, got paid, but Power House went under just before they could release the game. Battle Ball never actually got reviewed, but only mentioned briefly with a series of other Power House titles which were on the way.

Can it be found, or is it lost forever?… Well, Stoo offeed the possibility of him finding the game on one of his old C64 disks. And sure enough in March 2014, Stoo posted all of his disks to GTW64 and we were able to preserve the title in full!

You can now download the entire game, including variations where Stoo was playing with the title screen configurations.  There is also a unused loading screen, but there may have been another loading screen on the disk, but it corrupts when trying to decompress.  Not sure if anyone fancies a look at that?  Also there was a disk called Cyba-Ball, which was an earlier version of Battle Ball – but sadly the disk would not read at all after many attempts to save it.

But still, this is yet another commercial title saved from obscurity, thanks to the efforts of Stoo Cambridge.  Check out this cool early SEUCK title from one the Sensible boys!

Contributions: Stoo Cambridge

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  • Stoo Cambridge speaks to GTW about ‘Battle Ball’…

    “The only one I can think of is a game I did on SEUCK called Battle Ball which was just a laugh at the time. I did manage to flog it to a rather dodgy company called Power House. They unfortunatly went under just before it was about to be released. However I did manage to bank the cheque before they gasped their last breath and the funds paid towards my A1000, which I still have. I remember hacking the code so it didn’t look like a SEUCK game.. oh the shame of it all.. lol

    I used to have a shit load of C64 WaReZ and Demo disks so there might be a few lost treasures on there somewhere. No idea even if they still work. I’ve got one of those 1541 to PC leads so will have to have a C64 disk copy session one weekend I think.

    The game was just a standard shoot’em up, created in SEUCK but hacked about by myself so I could get it published. Most if not all publishers would not publish SEUCK games at the time so I had to alter the frontend so it was not a standard SEUCK frontend. All work on it was done by me, and it wasn’t a bad game as SEUCK games go. Ahh them were the days! LOL

    I’ll let you know if I find the disc.”

    Stoo Cambridge.

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