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Balls of Steel  1997

Still regarded fondly as one of the best pinball games ever, Balls of Steel was the only game published under Apogee's Pinball Wizards label. The game has realistic graphics, sound, physics and gameplay, and there's even a table based on Duke Nukem! The graphics don't look great in Windows XP and newer, but Apogee has been supportive of a user patch that fixes several of the problems that the last official version had developed. There are 5 tables in this game, with only the first table playable in the shareware version.

Tables: Darkside, Barbarian, Firestorm, Mutation, Duke Nukem

Added by DOSGuy

Downloads

Complete version history:

Balls of Steel v1.3 Shareware Episode (13,368,832 bytes) 9 April 2001 Win9x
Balls of Steel v1.2 Shareware Episode (14,023,680 bytes) 14 July 1999 Win9x
Balls of Steel v1.1 Shareware Episode (14,028,288 bytes) 10 February 1998 Win9x
Balls of Steel v1.0 Shareware Episode (13,886,464 bytes) 12 December 1997 Win9x

Patches

Balls of Steel Shareware v1.x to v1.2 patch (1,741,301 bytes) 8 May 1999 Win9x
Balls of Steel Registered v1.x to v1.2 patch (4,702,880 bytes) 8 May 1999 Win9x
Balls of Steel Shareware v1.0 to v1.1 patch (475,136 bytes) 10 February 1999 Win9x
Balls of Steel Registered v1.0 to v1.1 patch (792,576 bytes) 10 February 1998 Win9x
Balls of Steel Registered v1.x to v1.3 patch (3,932,976 bytes) xxxx Win9x
Balls of Steel Shareware v1.x to v1.3 patch (1,755,201 bytes) xxxx Win9x

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Availability

Apogee no longer sells this game.

It can be purchased from Amazon:

Amazon .com .ca .co.uk .fr .de
Balls of Steel US Deutschland

Cheat Codes

To use these cheat codes during the game, press the "Print Screen" key either while the ball is in play or paused then type the code in on the line provided. If the code worked, the game will say "Yes, Master" and show a message.

Debug Mode

DARKSIDE

grand canyon = Ball blocker on/off
last legs = Set to final ball
morlock = Time increased
eloi = Time reduced
pitchfork = Points added
whodunnit = Decision ready
bucket = Kickbacks recharged.
couch potato = Video modes ready.
evil twin = 2-ball ready.
freakshow = Extra ball lit.
nerf gun = Super cannon ready.
popcorn = Super pops lit.
roach motel = Crawler attack lit.
t-minus 1 = Target practice ready.
t-minus 2 = Bug hunt ready.
t-minus 3 = Guard duty ready.
t-minus 4 = Xenophobia ready.
t-minus 5 = Meteor storm ready.
t-minus 6 = Rescue ready.
t-minus 7 = Showdown ready.
t-minus 8 = Final assault ready.
triplets = 3-ball ready.
warp core = Powerball enabled.

Duke Nukem

grand canyon = Ball blocker on/off
last legs = Set to final ball
morlock = Time increased
eloi = Time reduced
pitchfork = Points added
whodunnit = Mystery ready
bucket = Kickbacks recharged.
couch potato = Video modes ready.
freakshow = Extra ball lit.
gatekeeper = All keys
meat market = Pickups
t-minus 1 = Come get some mode.
t-minus 2 = Let god sort'em out mode.
t-minus 3 = Nukem' till they glow mode.
t-minus 4 = Blast'em into space mode.
t-minus 5 = Mail to the King, Baby mode.
t-minus 6 = More guts, more glory mode.
t-minus 7 = Final Duke mode.
triplets = 3-ball ready.
warp core = Powerball enabled.

Firestorm

grand canyon = Ball blocker on/off
last legs = Set to final ball
morlock = Time increased
eloi = Time reduced
pitchfork = Points added
whodunnit = Mystery lit
bucket = Kickbacks relit.
couch potato = Video modes ready.
evil twin = 2-ball ready.
freakshow = Extra ball lit.
road rage = Car chase ready
t-minus 1 = Countdown
t-minus 2 = Freeway chaos
t-minus 3 = Bomb Scare
t-minus 4 = Waterfront mode.
t-minus 5 = Airport mode.
t-minus 6 = Subway Alert
t-minus 7 = Arson Attack
t-minus 8 = Firestorm
triplets = 3-ball ready.
warp core = Powerball enabled.

Barbarian

grand canyon = Ball blocker on/off
last legs = Set to final ball
morlock = Time increased
eloi = Time reduced
pitchfork = Points added
whodunnit = Gift of the Gods
bucket = Death Savers lit.
couch potato = Video modes ready.
freakshow = Extra ball lit.
dry = Earth mode
cool = Air mode
hot = Fire mode
wet = Water mode
yorick = Portal mode
new york = Citadel ready
t-minus 1 = Diamond mode
t-minus 2 = Sapphire mode
t-minus 3 = Ruby mode
t-minus 4 = Opal mode
t-minus 5 = Emerald mode
t-minus 6 = Blade mode
triplets = 3-ball ready.
warp core = Powerball enabled.

Mutation

grand canyon = Ball blocker on/off
last legs = Set to final ball
morlock = Time increased
eloi = Time reduced
pitchfork = Points added
whodunnit = Mystery award lit
bucket = Kickbacks relit
couch potato = Video modes ready.
evil twin = 2-ball ready.
freakshow = Extra ball lit.
popcorn = Super pops lit.
toadstool = Toxic Spores lit
t-minus 1 = Red Alert lit
t-minus 2 = Atom smashing lit
t-minus 3 = Feed the Beasts lit
t-minus 4 = High Voltage lit
t-minus 5 = Radiation leak lit
t-minus 6 = Mutation lit
t-minus 7 = Outbreak lit
triplets = 3-ball ready.
warp core = Powerball enabled.

Devil's Island

none shall pass - ball blocker
checkmate - last ball / end game
geriatric - more time
juvenile -less time
debate team - more points
miss marple - mystery lit
1 green bottle - mission 1 lit (cannibal attack)
2 green bottles - mission 2 lit (pirate gold)
3 green bottles - mission 3 lit (jungle pursuit)
4 green bottles - mission 4 lit (snake slaying)
5 green bottles - mission 5 lit (into the lair)
6 green bottles - mission 6 lit (voodoo curse)
ooga-booga - witchdoctor 2-ball lit
false gods - idol 3- ball lit
easter island - big ugly head 3-ball ready
pompeii - volcano 5-ball ready
peashooter - cannon mode lit
deadman - zombie ball lit
idiot box - video mode lit
extra bat - extra ball lit
transwarp - powerball enabled
field goal - kickback relit