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On the Ball

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Title Screen

On the Ball

Also known as: Cameltry (JP)
Developer: Taito
Publisher: Taito
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: June 26, 1992
Released in US: November 1992
Released in EU: 1993


SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Hmmm...
To do:
Document the prototype.

On the Ball is a port of the arcade maze-twisting game known as Cameltry.

Level Select

On the Ball Level Select.png

Enter QWNQP as a password.

Sound Test

On the Ball Sound Test.png

Enter NRRRP as a password.

Stage Oddities

Some of the 100 stages have text that is written out of the bounds of the stage that is (mostly) unreadable in-game. Note that levels wrap in-game, so anything on the edges of the map will be visible on the opposite side. However, that still isn't enough to make most of these fully visible.

(Special note: All of the "GP" courses in the game appear to be based on real F1 race tracks around the world.)

Second Plane

CameltrySNES-ItalyGP.png

Beginner 1: Italy GP (Round 34)

The text "ROUND ITALIA" is written out of bounds.

CameltrySNES-HungaryGP.png

Beginner 4: Hungary GP (Round 37)

The text "ROUND HANGARY" is (incorrectly) written out of bounds.

CameltrySNES-JapanGP.png

Expert 3: Japan GP (Round 41)

The text "ROUND JAPAN" is written out of bounds in breakable blocks.

CameltrySNES-AmericaGP.png

Expert 4: America GP (Round 42)

The text "ROUND USA" is written out of bounds, along with the American fundamentals "FREEDOM" and, uh... "RAP"...

CameltrySNES-GermanGP.png

Special 1: German GP (Round 45)

The text "ROUND GERMAN" is written out of bounds.

CameltrySNES-BrazilGP.png

Special 4: Brazil GP (Round 48)

The text "ROUND BRAZIL" is written out of bounds, along with "FT60".

Third Plane

CameltrySNES-FranceGP.png

Expert 5: France GP (Round 61)

The text "ROUND FRANCE" is written out of bounds.

CameltrySNES-Hanabi.png

Master 8: Hanabi (Round 75)

As per the stage's name, "hanabi" (花火), or "fireworks", is written in the bottom-center of the stage. Untranslated in the English release.

Final Plane

CameltrySNES-Adventure.png

Expert 1: Adventure (Round 80)

"Speed up" is written in the bottom-right corner in Japanese (スピードアップ). Untranslated in the English release.

CameltrySNES-MonacoGP.png

Master 5: Monaco GP (Round 94)

The text "MONACO ROUND" is written out of bounds, along with "DANGER" and "DEAD".

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan International
CameltrySNES-Title-JP.png On the Ball Title.png

The title screen is different, of course. The scores at the top of the screen were removed for a lack of space.

Passwords

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Japan International
Second Plane BIRTH MHWYR
Third Plane BUILD HCCWD
Final Plane SMILE WRJMH
Ball Select TYPE GFXJF
Sound Test ZTT NRRRP
Gravity Select (unknown) ZLJPJ
Round Select (unknown) QWNQP
Time Records (unknown) ZNGGX

All of the passwords were de-wordified for the international release. (Unfortunately, three of those Japanese passwords seem to be unknown at the moment.)

Ball Select

Japan International
CameltrySNES-Ball1-JP.png CameltrySNES-Ball1-INT.png

The first optional ball design was changed from the head of the guy from Operation Wolf to the much more famous Bub from Bubble Bobble.

Tutorials

Japan US Europe
CameltrySNES-Tutorial1-JP.png
CameltrySNES-Tutorial5-JP.png
CameltrySNES-Tutorial1-US.png
CameltrySNES-Tutorial5-US.png
CameltrySNES-Tutorial1-EU.png
CameltrySNES-Tutorial5-EU.png

Mouse controls were added to the tutorial screens in the international versions. In fact, mouse controls in general seem to have been added to the international release.

The controller colors were appropriately changed between regions. The girl in the corner, Yurika Cery, also had her hair changed from green to brown.

Continue Screen

Japan International
CameltrySNES-Continue-JP.png CameltrySNES-Continue-INT.png

Yurika was also somewhat redrawn on the continue screen to look less anime.

Levels

Japan International
CameltrySNES-HourglassBG-JP.png CameltrySNES-HourglassBG-INT.png

The giant hexagram behind the hourglass background was removed.

Japan International
CameltrySNES-Manji-JP.png CameltrySNES-LastBattle-INT.png

This is the very final level of the game, "Master 10" of the final plane, and is the only one to be modified in any way. The Japanese level is named "Manji" and is designed entirely around the manji symbol. The level was completely redesigned and renamed "Last Battle" for the international release. You can probably guess why...

Course End Graphics

Japan
CameltrySNES-Pic1-JP.pngCameltrySNES-Pic2-JP.pngCameltrySNES-Pic3-JP.pngCameltrySNES-Pic4-JP.pngCameltrySNES-Pic5-JP.pngCameltrySNES-Pic6-JP.png
International
CameltrySNES-Pic1-INT.pngCameltrySNES-Pic2-INT.pngCameltrySNES-Pic3-INT.pngCameltrySNES-Pic4-INT.pngCameltrySNES-Pic5-INT.pngCameltrySNES-Pic6-INT.png

Six of the pictures that appear after completing a course were redesigned.