Lead Characters in Barbarian and Firestorm levels Voiced by Daniel Penz
I had a great time recording this, back in the day. Still love the fact I got paid to basically do an Arnold Schwartzenegger impression in one, and a Mel Gibson voice in the other!
Balls of Steel is a pinball computer game developed by Wildfire Studios and released on December 12, 1997. It is the only game to be published under the Pinball Wizards label, a division of Apogee Software (today known as 3D Realms).
Game Week reviews:
"Balls of Steel is easily one of the most entertaining and attractively rendered pinball games ever developed for the home computer."
"Satirically inspired by the "Balls of Steel" pinball game depicted in Duke Nukem 3D, Balls of Steel is a champion in its own right, combining photo-realistic graphics and state-of-the-art special effects with smooth, utterly absorbing gameplay."
"Balls of Steel is a winner...one of the most addictive pinball games ever concocted, providing countless hours of engrossing gameplay at a reasonable price."
The game's realistic physics and highly interactive and imaginative tables have been lauded.
When the game was originally released, it was possible to upload high scores to the WorldScores server, for a global ranking. This feature has since been discontinued.
Balls of Steel features five original pinball tables:
Darkside: Set on a remote space station under attack by alien creatures, missions include fighting bugs which appear on the table, and a "super-cannon" mode in which players can shoot at eggs with a cannon that pops up out of the table.
Barbarian: A classic medieval fantasy quest with a huge dragon on the table. Missions include collecting the four elements, collecting the five gemstones, and fighting the citadel guards with magnetic axes.
Firestorm: Set in a crime-ridden US city, a mad bomber is on the loose. Missions revolve around defusing bombs and rescuing people from various locations around the city.
Mutation: Set in an underground science lab where a bio-hazardous accident has occurred and a large, slimy monster has taken over the lab. Missions involve subduing the beast and containing toxins.
Duke Nukem: A special table featuring the Apogee video game character Duke Nukem. Missions include Nukem monsters and powerups.
A sixth table, Devil's Island, was dropped from the game when Wildfire was given the opportunity by Apogee to include a Duke Nukem table. Devil's Island was later released as a standalone game.