A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Chainball! is a game developed for GMTK2021. Your job is to score the ball in the goal - a concept as old as time. However, in Chainball!, the only way for you to advance the ball is to strike it with the ball-and-chain attached to your ankle. Use physics, timing, strategy, and a bit of luck to fight for your life in Chainball!

This game has modes for human versus AI, as well as human versus human. See Controls for more details.


Orange team (left-side): WASD
Stripes team (right-side, in Human Player mode): Arrow Keys
Escape to pause the game.


The Spin Move - A very powerful tactic is the spin move. This move, in which a player spins almost 360 degrees to build momentum, is very good for attacking or breaking up a potential goal.

The Dragger - Since the player's bodies do not collide with the ball, you can use your ball-and-chain as a sort of leash to lead the ball around.

The Flick - Running towards the ball will result in your chain following behind you. Cancelling this velocity by running in the other direction will leave your ball-and-chain dead in it's tracks - a very effective defensive maneuver.

Install instructions


Download the Windows version, unzip it, and run the "Chainball!.exe" file.

Linux / Mac

To play on Linux or macOS you  will also need to have Löve 11.3. Download it here:    https://bitbucket.org/rude/love/downloads/


Chainball (windows) 10 MB
Chainball! (Source & Multi-platform) 6 MB

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