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Genre: Pool/Snooker :: Players: 1 :: Released: 30/10/06

3D Pool High Roller Review

Developer: Iplay

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Nice graphics
Varied tables to play on

Cons

A little slowdown at times

Sound
Help
Save Option
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

77

Graphics

86

Sound

75

Controls

83

Playability

72

Lastability

70

Review Details
Handset Nokia N70

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 02/11/06

Fancy a game of hexagonal pool?



3D Pool has been around for a couple of years now. It was about this time last year that Urban Hustle was released and to be honest not a lot has changed. The game still involves you visiting various cities and hustling your way through to play the boss for each pool hall. The main improvement with the game is its sheer size. Each pool hall in career mode comprises 10 games - about half of these are trick shots and the rest are standard games of pool.

As before, there are UK and US variants of 8 ball and also US 9 ball pool. The rules are all easily explained but there's not too much to them anyway. To make things a bit more funky, the development guys have included some weird and wonderful tables included the L-shaped table and even a large hexagonal table - try spotting the angles on that one! The ball physics are very good and does mean that you end up with a realistic and sometimes difficult experience (especially on the trick shots). The graphics as always are very good but there can be some severe slowdowns during the break; so much so that you may be forgiven for thinking the game has crashed.

The control system hasn't been messed around with much. Just set up your shot, decide on the spin that you want to apply to the cue ball and then adjust the power accordingly. Unlike other games, there is no moving bar and timed press for the power. You can take your time and choose exactly how much power and spin you want to apply. The only down side is that this does require you to be quite accurate and some of the trick shots will take many attempts until you find the correct combination of angle, spin and power.

3D Pool - High Roller is so called thanks to it's Career Mode. As I've said, it is pretty similar to Urban Hustle but this time round, there's not much point to all the money that you win. As far as I can tell, there's nothing you can buy or upgrade and there's no high score table (although this may be different on the top end handsets). Each city starts with a few unlocked levels, all of which have to be won/completed before the next bunch of levels are unlocked. Trick shots can be a problem and it is pretty easy to get yourself well and truly stuck in the mud while you try to find the angle and shot. While the game does show you a demo of a successful attempt, it doesn't go into too much detail regarding the spin and power. There is one pain of trick shot in the second city but once you get past this it is all plain sailing. There are three cities in total, each specialising in a particular version of pool but all played on a standard table.

If you want to experience the weird and wonderful tables then practice mode is the one for you. This can be a two player or single player game. It's a shame they didn't go all out and include a 4 player doubles option but maybe next year. The only redeeming feature to High Roller is the use of the unusually shaped tables. If you already have Urban Hustle on your phone, then I probably wouldn't bother adding this to your collection. If, however, you have just upgrading to a 3D compatible handset then you will be in for a visual treat and a decent pool sim.