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Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with this classic brick-breaker remake, brought beautifully into the modern world of gaming, retaining the retro charm of the original but with many added features.

A true indie production developed at home by a lone programmer.

If you prefer graphics over gameplay, then this game isn't for you. Development has been focused heavily on delivering an enjoyable silky-smooth gameplay experience, whilst still maintaining an enjoyable visual experience. It has to be played to be believed.

Ideal for TV and tablets.

  • Multiple control methods: mouse, keyboard, game controllers, touch screen, and tilt.
  • Developed using a reliable, fast, and compact in-house game engine.
  • Level editor.
  • Local multiplayer. Up to 3 players simultaneously using any available control method.
  • Weapons & ammunition. Each weapon has unique destructive qualities and are equally satisfying to use.
  • Physics: Solid ball physics makes it satisfyingly fun to play, rather than frustrating. Miss the ball by a couple of pixels? No worries, the ball gets chipped back into play, spinning off at a sharp angle. Enemy getting in your way? Swat it away with your paddle, or repeatedly ram it into a wall, shattering it into a shower of shrapnel and gems.
  • Shop: collect resources to trade for ammo, being aware of changing prices depending on supply-and-demand. Adds a strategic trading element to the game, making difficult to stockpile ammo and blitz every level with weapons.
  • Many mysterious features such as: portals; which add a unique puzzle element, helper bot; giving some much needed company in the void.
  • 240+ levels.
  • Regular updates. More levels and features coming soon.


(if enough buyers show interest)

  • Elite level set: 110 new super-difficult levels.
  • Mac, Linux & iOS versions.
  • Achievements.
  • Mod function (DLC).
  • Hard difficulty level.

Recommended minimum requirements:

  • Windows: XP, Vista, 8 & 10.
  • CPU: 1Ghz.
  • DirectX: 9.0 or later.
  • Hard Disk: 10mb.
  • RAM: 128mb.
  • Video RAM: 32mb.

Purchase

Buy Now$2.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

PowBall Renaissance 1.06 Install.exe 7 MB

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PowBall Renaissance Demo 1.06 Install.exe 7 MB

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Hi :-) Ik have one question about Powball Renaissance: I've played the full version (1.03) of Powball Renaissance, it's an awesome game!! A few days ago I've updated the game  to version 1.05. But after the update, I lost my  gamedata and all of my highscores; I can also only play the demo-version. Is there a way to get my old gamedata back? And is it possible to play the full version of version 1.05 at this moment?

Hi Mitchel, I'm glad you're enjoying my game. How did you lose your game data? Was it something you did, or was it due to the update? Your progress should be compatible with both versions, but there's a chance I did something wrong?

Your game progress is saved in a file located somewhere like C:\users\_username_\AppData\Roaming\POWGames\PowBallRen

The full version of 1.05 works and should be online...   I just checked and I've made a boo-boo, sorry. I have uploaded the demo in place of the full version. Must have been half asleep. Give me 2 hours and I will fix this right now. 

Full version of 1.05 is now up. Try that and let me know how you get on. Have you any idea why you lost your saved progress / high-scores?

Also, please make sure you have a backup of your levels. They will be saved in the game directory (this is a bug I'll fix later, so they're saved along with your game progress). 

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Hi :-) Thank you for uploading the full version of 1.05 ;-) This version looks better than version 1.03. If you like to play my custom levels, I would send them to you. 

I have no idea why I lost my gamedata, maybe because I've updated 1.03 (full version) to a demo-version? I've tried today to replace the new file (file after the update) to the old file (file before the update) of PowBallRen.dat, but I still have not my  old gamedata back. What I did before the update, was making a back-up-folder of version 1.03 into another folder at C:\. But after the update, I lost the gamedata in both versions (the folder where I did the update (1.05 demo-version), and in the back-up folder too (1.03 full version). Maybe I did something wrong, I don't know...

I hope that more people will buy this game, because I'm very excited to the new elite-levels and new options ;-)

The demo version should be compatible with the saved progress from the full version. If there's ever an error when loading the settings, the game will bring up a black screen with green text with detailed error messages, then ask you to press a key to continue. Do you remember seeing anything like that?

Renaissance is getting popular on Steam. If the sales there continue, then it's more likely that I will develop an Elite level set. I also plan to add a mod feature, so that you can package up your set of levels and export them to your friends. It will take a lot of time to code though, and I want to focus on making new games (PowBall is 22 years old!). 

Keep an eye on the new stuff I make; I have some very interesting ideas.

nice game :) btw i can get a steam key? :D thanks!

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Thanks, If you buy the game here (or on Steam), you'll get a Steam key :D

I've played, the full version of Powball Renaissance. It's an awesome game!! ;-) But when is the new version of Powball Renaissance available, with the new Elite-levels and hard-mode? I've created now 60 custom levels and 3 bonus levels :-)

Hi again Mitchel, good to hear from you again. Very excited to learn you've made 60 of your own levels - I'd love to play them!

Elite level set, hard difficulty, and other additions were planned depending on demand. Sales are very very low, unfortunately. Only 14 copies sold since it was published; very disappointed that more people haven't discovered this great game. For one year's solid work, I've made a massive loss already, so I can't afford to spend any more time on the game at the moment.

I've been working on something very new and exciting which I hope will be more popular. Watch this space.

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This is one of the best games that i've ever seen. I hope in the future there's an option to play a level longer than 3 minutes. There's one bug in the level editor: When you catch a Bonuslevel-key, the same level will repeat at next level; and the next level again. But I love this game, I can't wait for more updates/options :-D I've played the old Powball game since 1997 ;-)

Very pleased you've been following me for nearly 20 years. Good job finding the bug; this will happen when there are no bonus levels saved (levels 101+) in the editor. I've just this second fixed it, thanks to you. Sadly, not many people are interested in PowBall, so I have been spending my time working on new projects, but a new version will be uploaded soon. The level time-limit is a pain, I agree, but I needed to enforce a way to prevent a Rockhopper from farming certain levels endlessly for Alchemite. Any ideas? Maybe a limit to the amount of Alchemite you can carry? But then they'll still farm endless score...

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Steam keys will available to everyone who buys the game here once it has been greenlit. Cloud-based leader-board and saved games are usually something you only see in large-production games made by large teams. It will take a long time for a lone indie developer to implement, but I'll do it once enough people show interest.

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Breakout with a unique twist, not seen a level editor done in this kinda of game before.

Came here from this games steam green light page shame it's not had a better response, was planning on buying it there. Would be cool if it had online leader boards for the scores, though it's not a deal breaker. One of the best classic breakout games I've played in recent years. Windows 10 store seems full of generic and very basic breakout clones. And on android it's hard to find a breakout game that doesn't mess about with the classic concept by adding gimmicky ideas that don't add anything.

Classic breakout gameplay done right. Loved the 1995 PC classic, now redone for pc and android with loads of improvement's. Works perfectly on Windows 10 with 360 controller and ps3 controllers. Though I have found personally a mouse is easier to play. Looking forward to POW games future releases.