duke-ballsofsteelDigital Release:GOG.com
January 31, 2013

Steam
May 5, 2015
Delistings:December 31, 2015
Developer:3D Realms
Publisher:Apogee Software
Available On:Retail (original PC/DOS version)
Links:GOG.com delisting announcement
GOG.com page [Archive]
SteamDB page

Delisting

Balls of Steel (Pinball on Steroids) was removed from sale on Steam and GOG.com on December 31st, 2015.

The Nuking of Duke Nukem

After years of stagnant development on Duke Nukem Forever, the game’s long-standing publisher, Take-Two Interactive, filed a breach of contract against 3D Realms/Apogee Software for failing to deliver on the product. Throughout the proceedings 3D Realms retained some rights to Duke Nukem but by August of 2015 the IP had changed ownership to Gearbox Software.

This resulted in 3D Realms removing their individual Duke Nukem titles from Steam and GOG.com. The 3D Realms Anthology — a collection of 32 titles united under a custom launcher — was also delisted but nearly all the titles were later made available individually.

Ultimately, the following titles were delisted from Steam and GOG.com on December 31st, 2015:

  • Duke Nukem
  • Duke Nukem II
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition (GOG)
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • 3D Realms Anthology (from 3D Realms, Steam)
  • Balls of Steel

On February 15th, 2016, before the release of Gearbox’s Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour in October, Devolver Digital delisted Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition from Steam and PlayStation Network. The versions that were released on Desura were rendered delisted no later than October 25th, 2016 when OneClick purchased the site and took it offline.

What Remains

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour has replaced all previous versions of Duke Nukem 3D that were sold digitally with the exception of the Xbox 360 version. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project also remains available on Xbox 360 and is the only Duke Nukem title still available on iOS. The Megaton Edition of Duke Nukem 3D is available on PlayStation from the Hong Kong, Indian, and Korean PlayStation Store.

Numerous versions of Duke Nukem 3D are available on physical media including PC, Linux, Mac, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, PlayStation and more.

 

About the Game

You’ll flip out over the coolest, fastest, most innovative quicksilver ball-basher in the known universe! Across five savage, fully-animated tables, from the ricochet riot of Firestorm to the intense overload of Duke Nukem, Balls of Steel delivers all the authentic gravitational pyrotechnics of real pinball. View all the tables at once or get close for some whiplash scrolling action! Go gonzo with the 5 ball multi-ball mayhem! Squash scampering aliens to bloody oblivion! Hit rails, flippers, pops, sinkholes, targets, magnetic flippers, ramps, the ‘cyclotron’ ball accelerator — every conceivable pinball feature in all its glory! Its authentic pinball action — whiplash fast and finger-burning good! And hey, if it’s good enough for Duke… then it’s good for you!

Balls of Steel is realistic, first and foremost, with real physics behind the ball movement and table obstacles. Each table behaves like you’d expect it to. On top of that, there are many special effects and table animations. Rock out to event-triggered music, and go wild about characters that speak during the gameplay, to you and to each other. Balls of Steel! More tables! More Duke! More balls!

  • Splatter scattering aliens to bloody oblivion!
  • Every table has unique missions and scoring secrets!
  • Ramps, rails, flippers, pops–every table feature is rendered in full 3d!

 

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Thanks to SHROOMY for submitting this information to the site.