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Windows - 2007

Alt name CrazyBall
Year 2007
Platform Windows
Released in Worldwide
Genre Action, Puzzle
Theme Rolling Ball, Steampunk
Publisher Sierra Online
Developer Atomic Elbow AB
Perspective Behind view
4.6 / 5 - 52 votes

Description of Switchball

Switchball (aka CrazyBall), a really nice puzzle game sold in 2007 for Windows, is available and ready to be played again! Time to play a steampunk and rolling ball video game title.

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Comments and reviews

Demon27248 2022-12-27 -1 point

Please consider adding the original version to Steam for owners of the re-release. I just bought Switchball HD only to find that it doesn't work properly on Windows 7 or 8.

ATOMICELBOW 2021-05-17 1 point

The game is now re-released on Steam!

sOYLENT 2021-04-26 0 point

Try installing "NVIDIA PHYSX SYSTEM SOFTWARE 9.18.0907"

Edward_D 2021-02-16 2 points

VMware Workstation has much better 3D capabilities than Virtual Box, not playable with Virtual Box using lowest settings (just runs basically frame by frame). VMware has a 30 day trial.

Download the game, the two files, msvcp71.dll and msvcr71.dll, and PhysX version 8.09.04 (needs this version). Put the two files in C:\Windows\System32 (I put them in the game folder also just in case). Right click on the Switchball desktop shortcut and under the Compatibility tab, check 'Run this program as an administrator' and 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' Windows XP (Service Pack 2) worked for me.

Under VMware Workstation, this runs almost perfectly. Just has some minor flickering, but it runs at full speed. Hopefully this helps somebody. Switchball is majorly worth the hours of effort to get running.

hitler8 2021-02-14 0 point

Best game ever@!

Maddy 2020-11-01 1 point

I'm too computer illiterate to understand any of these comments. Thank you anyway.

POE 2020-08-19 -10 points

Stop wasting your time trying to get things working on the horrid windows10, just build a retro machine based on amd socket 939

Brouz 2020-07-31 2 points

I have the game and physx drivers installed in a windows 7 vm but the game still crashes right before getting to the main menu, can anyone help me out?

Zumfra 2020-07-07 1 point

Finally I found a good solution to play the game on Windows 10.
Install Windows 7 under Oracle Virtual Machine with maximum (3D) capacity
Then install PhysX ageia - Boot again
Enjoy the game!

Zumfra 2020-07-06 0 point

After trying all propositions to make this game working under Windows 10,
I finally installed Linux Mint 19 on a separate partition and proceeded as in this tutorial:

Just one thing, when he says: Install Windows Dll,


Please install dotnet452 first then it install dotnet40 automatically. Installind dotnet40 first creating a final issue.
After installing exactly as he says, the game works fine, and you'll have your first contact with Linux World! :-)

Zumfra 2020-07-03 0 point

Hello Nightwalker, what do you mean with "I just installed Win7 to be able to play this one and Black and White 1 without problems."?
Where did you install Win7 on an other PC? On Virtual Box? and what is "Black and White 1"?
Can you explain please exactly what you did and how you did it?
Many thanks!

[deleted] 2020-06-28 0 point

Was trying to get this game to run on Windows 10 for 3 years. None of what I tried worked. In the end, I just installed Win7 to be able to play this one and Black and White 1 without problems.

ERTASDOUMV 2020-06-28 0 point

work in windows vista see in switchball+left mousetroubleshoot compatibility
try the recommended settings to see

MAKE THUNDER 2020-05-13 0 point

I can confirm that the exe requires two .dll files that were a part of an older Visual C++ package.

One is MSVCP71.dll and the other is MSVCR71.dll has both of these files. I downloaded the newest versions for each file and copied them to the Switchball folder that contained Switchball.exe the game loaded on Windows 7 64-bit. You may perform virus analysis on either file.

BIGBOY 2020-04-09 1 point

I cannot get this to work, gives me the same errors as others, have redownloaded like it said. some feedback on how to fix this would be nice

littlewarrior99 2020-04-07 2 points

I can't get this to run after installing the dll and drivers.

dyn 2020-03-19 1 point

I tried everything I could to make this work on win10, including installing every .net framework and every C++ Redistributable, also copied the MSVCP71.DLL by hand into the system32 and the game folder... Also compatibility did not work at all - I don't think this is playable on windows10 :(

DarkStarChaos 2020-02-17 0 point

I first played the demo on the Xbox 360 and I fell in love with this little hidden gem. It set the stage for what I look for in a puzzle game. I was very exited when I found out that there was a PC version too. I still haven't had the time to finish it unfortunately.

I loved the simplicity of the gameplay and the uniqueness of the puzzles. I loved the level design, the art direction, but the atmosphere I loved even more. The developer made a game that I truly enjoy and I hope that you enjoy it too...

Retro Drew 2019-06-29 1 point

The MSVCP71.DLL is a Microsoft Virtual C++ Redistributable file if I remember correctly so you would have to download it there.

old_timer 2019-03-06 1 point

In windows 10 it gives the following error codes:
MSVCP71.DLL was not found
MSVCR71.DLL was not found

I installed the PhysX driver first. Does anyone know how to run this thing?

Atomicelbow 2019-02-14 -6 points

Be sure to install the PhysX driver, should be included in the original installer.

NN_115 2019-02-04 4 points

I can't play it on windows 10

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