Ball and Chain by drmortalwombat is an endless runner action game made for Commodore 64.
In this game, the difficulty ramps up until you inevitably “drop the ball.” You control the helium-filled hero and, while the iron ball limits your movement, it can also be used as a weapon. Your escape for freedom comes to an end when you either collide with an enemy, or are crushed by a wall. Pressing the fire button shortens the chain and gives tighter control over the iron ball. Releasing the button pushes the iron ball in the opposite direction. The score increases the longer you stay alive. Collect coins and stars along the way to increase your score further. Stars improve the time base scoring factor, but it comes at a cost. Destroying enemies release powerup bubbles with one of four color coded perks:
- Yellow : Coin magnet
- Grey : Iron skin – Protects the rubber ball for a short time
- Blue : Changes the iron ball into a balloon with no weight or inertia
- Green : Slows the scrolling down