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]
Genres Pinball
Balls of Steel on HowLongToBeat
Balls of Steel on IGDB
Balls of Steel on MobyGames
Balls of Steel on Wikipedia

Key points

Includes five tables: Barbarian, Darkside, Duke Nukem, Firestorm and Mutation

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Pinball Maniac entry


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Windows (unavailable)
Steam (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
No longer sold digitally due to licensing issues.[2]

Essential improvements[edit]

Ignore these if you have or Steam versions.


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[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wildfire Studios\Balls of Steel\High scores[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/358430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings
General settings

Graphics feature State 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
120+ FPS



Audio feature State 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]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/358430/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (358430) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.