|Break Ball 2 is packed with different game play options. To
learn more about the different Game Modes, please look at the "Game
Modes" section of this manual. This section of the manual is
dedicated to helping you understand better how to navigate the menus
to get to to the different modes and to giving you some basic tips
about "how to play the game."
General Navigation - All navigation in Break Ball 2 is done
with a mouse. If you wish to move forward through navigation
screens, you will do so by left-clicking options on the various
navigation screens. If AT ANY TIME you wish to go back a screen
during the navigation process, right-click with your mouse anywhere on
the current screen.
Main Title Screen-
Break Ball 2 has a title screen that is full of choices. When
you first start a game you are offered 7 buttons to the right of the
"Break Ball 2" or Break Ball 2 Gold title. They are from top to bottom:
Whenever you mouse over any of the
buttons, you will see the button color change. The change in
color signifies that the button is selected. While the button is
selected, you can left click it using your mouse to either toggle
different configuration settings or to access the menu selectable
through that button.
Start Game - When you choose the start
game button, the game will begin. Any configuration settings you
set by clicking on the "Single Player" or "Music ON" buttons will be
taken into consideration when you begin the game.
Single Player - This button when
clicked will toggle between "Single Player", "Team Game", "vs. Human"
and "vs. Computer" game modes. To find out more about these
modes, please look at the "Game Modes" section of this manual.
To select your game mode, simply choose it by clicking on the button
until it displays the game mode you wish to play, then click on the
"Start Game" button.
Music ON - This button is another
toggle button. When you click on it, it will toggle between
"Music ON" and "Music OFF." If you wish to play with the music
on, you will need to leave it selected before clicking the start
button. (NOTE: Turning the music off will cause a
slight increase in overall game performance on older systems)
- In the shareware version of the game, this button will take you to a
screen that describes how to register the game. In the full
version of the game, this button will give you a sneak peak into games
under development at BC Soft Games.
- Ever wonder who BC Soft Games really is? The credits screen
will give you information about who created the game, and thanks to
those whose programs and help make Break Ball 2 a reality.
- Clicking on the "High Scores" button will take you to the "High
Scores" screen. This screen will give you the top 10 scores you
and those who have played Break Ball 2 have achieved. This is a
great place to show off your prowess!
Quit - If you click this button, the game will exit...I'm
certain you'll never want to do that, so this button will probably
- To select your controller, use
the mouse to move the 1UP and/or 2UP button under the controller that
the player will be using. (Either "mouse," "joystick" or
If you choose joystick or keyboard as your
controller type, you will be allowed to set the controller speed.
This speed is broken into two sections: normal and turbo. The
normal speed is the speed of moving left to right, and the turbo speed
is the speed moving left to right when holding down the "turbo"
button. (button 3, C, 7, 8, R, or L when using a joystick such
as the Microsoft SideWinder or the 'space bar when using the
Player Profiles -
Player profiles keep track of your record versus other human players
or against the computer. To play with a profile, just choose one
from the 4 slots by clicking on the number to the left of the name of
The fourth slot will allow you to play without a
If you do not have a profile, click "Edit Profile."
Doing this will erase the profile for that slot and allow you to enter
in a name for the profile.
Selection - To choose a level, click on the number to
the left of the level name. There are 30 level slots available
in Break Ball 2.
You can fill the
different level slots by purchasing Official Board Packs from the
Break Ball 2 Website.
Selection - The paddle selection screen lets you do
First, you choose your paddle and
ball skin. If you are playing solo, just click on the paddle you
want from the 6 options provided, and choose your ball from the 6
skins. (if a paddle is locked, you need to unlock it through "Quest
Mode") (If you want to select the alternate ball skin colors
hold down F10 while selecting your ball.)
If you are playing against a computer opponent,
click on their selection area to the right and then you can choose a
paddle and ball skin for them. You can change your personal
paddle selection by clicking in the left selection area and then
choosing a paddle or ball.
When playing against a computer opponent, you will
see the paddles become grayed out when you attempt to select them for
the computer player. A grayed out paddle is one that you have
defeated. Defeating each paddle at each difficulty level will earn you
more ball skins through "Quest
Game Speed is set by by clicking on the number under
the "Game Speed" text in the middle of the screen. There are 5
speeds that you will be able to scroll through by continuing to click
on the number.
"Versus self kill" is an option at the bottom of the
screen that is available only in a versus game. (either vs. a
computer or a human opponent) When this is on, if your
opponent's ball goes past their own paddle, it counts as a point for
your opponent. If it is off, the only way to score is to get
your ball past your opponent's paddle. (i.e. if you are at the
bottom, and your ball goes off the screen at the bottom with versus
self kill on, it will count as a point for your opponent. If
versus self kill is not on, your ball going off the bottom of the
screen does not count against you)
"Poison" is a special new feature to Break Ball 2.
If you turn this on, all of the "Poisons" from the "Powerups"
section will be available to you as possible rewards for breaking
bricks. If it is not on, then the Poisons will not appear.
"Computer Player Difficulty" controls the difficulty
of the computer when playing a versus game. Defeating each
paddle at each difficulty level will earn you more ball skins through
Importing - One of the great abilities of
BB2 is the endless expandability of the game through board creation.
Board sets can be downloaded from the internet through the Break Ball
2 website. After you have downloaded the board set, you will
need to add them to the board sets available. To do this, first
you will need to find the .zip file that contains the board set.
Unzip the board set. The unzipped board set will be contained in
a folder. In the directory where you installed BB2, you have a
folder called levels. Inside that directory is the folder for
each level you have installed. They are numbered from
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DON'T OVERWRITE
A BOARD SET YOU WANT TO KEEP...BACK UP THE Lev## FOLDER BEFORE YOU
COPY A NEW ONE IN...
level you download from the internet will contain a folder with .txt
files in it, that will be numbered Lev01-Lev20. The .txt files
are the actual levels on the board set. There is also a file
called "lev config.txt" this file contains information about the
number of levels in the board set, the name of the board set, and the
creator of the board set. All 21 of these files together
constitute a board set.
You can import a board set in 2 ways. First
you can copy all the *.txt files into a Lev## folder and past them
into the folder. This will overwrite ALL the files in the
folder. YOU WILL LOSE any level that was previously saved there.
For this reason, I recommend checking the "lev config.txt" file before
you copy the .txt files into the folder. The "lev config.txt"
file can be opened by double-clicking on it. This will give you
the title of the level so you will know if there is already a level in
this level slot.
The other way to copy a level set is to copy the
folder which contains the .txt files into the Levels folder in the BB2
installation directory. (c:/Program
Files/BB2 CD version or
C:/Program Files/BB2 by default) You will need to ensure that
the name of the folder fits somewhere from Lev01-Lev30...again, always
make a back-up of the folder you will replace before you copy the new
After that, the rest is easy, just
start up BB2 and select the new level. If you have any
questions, please post them in the
Play Screens & Game Play- While playing the
game, you are given a great wealth of information. In the top
left-hand corner if you are playing as player 1, and in the top right
hand corner if you are player 2 you will find the
Paddle Level indicator, this
shows what level your paddle currently is.
The other information available at the top are
"Lives" which shows how many lives you have left. If you are
playing a VS game, this is how many hits you have left. If the
number reaches 0, you lose.
The score is shown at the top as well. You can
compete for the highest score, and save your high scores as well.
To the right of your score is a small circle.
This circle is the
weapon power-up indicator. It fills as you hold down the
button on your mouse/controller/keyboard to power-up your special
weapon. When fully charged, it changes color.
To the right of the special weapon power-up
indicator is a blank space. Several of the poisons will display
an icon in this area if you have been infected by them. The
following table shows the different icons that can show in that area.
Game-play is fairly simple. You attempt to
destroy all the bricks by hitting the ball into the bricks with your
paddle. If the ball goes past your paddle without you hitting
it, you lose one life. The game will continue until you destroy
all the bricks on every level, or until all of your lives are gone,
whichever comes first.
The ball can be caused to SPIN. To do this,
hit the ball while moving. The ball will make a spinning sound
and will show blue sparks flying off it. It will also arc or
spin in the direction your paddle was moving when you hit the ball.
The faster your paddle is moving when you hit the ball, the more spin
will be put on the ball.
POINTS are accumulated for each brick you destroy
and for each power-up or poison you catch with your paddle. If a
brick is destroyed on its own, either by sitting on the board too
long, or by it exploding on its own in the case of the toxic ball, you
do not receive any points.
PAUSE the game while you are playing it,
hit the "ESC" button on your keyboard. Doing so will prompt you
with a dialog box stating "ARE YOU SURE" If you click no, the
game will resume. If you click "Yes" or click the "ESC" button
again the game will exit to the main menu. After you click "no"
you will be able to PAUSE the game again by once again clicking the
ESC key on your keyboard.