Balls of Steel

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Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel cover
Wildfire Studios
3D Realms
Release dates
Windows December 12, 1997
macOS (OS X) May 5, 2015[1]
Balls of Steel at Wikipedia

General information Community Discussions Support Page
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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
No longer sold digitally due to licensing issues.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Ignore these if you have version.


Patches are available to fix various issues. An unofficial v1.3c is also available.

BOS Loader[edit]

Adds windowed mode, bilinear filtering and Direct3D renderer.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wildfire Studios\Balls of Steel
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wildfire Studios\Balls of Steel\High scores
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings
General settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with Alt+ Enter or F. Easily resizable by dragging borders.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

StickyKeys keeps re-enabling[edit]

Rebind the keys or replace the launcher the inside installation folder[3]

Download the replacement launcher from PCGamingWiki repository and replace the old one inside the installation folder. Otherwise flippers can be rebound to other keys.

Slowdown in Scrolling table view[edit]

Run in Windows XP compatibility mode[4]
  1. Right-click the shortcut for the game, choose Properties and then Compatibility tab.
  2. Change Compatibility Mode to Windows XP SP3.
Load bos.exe inside the installation folder[citation needed]
If you still experience the problem, load bos.exe inside the installation folder instead.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible