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Genre: Pool/Snooker, Sports :: Players: 2 ::

3D Pool Review

Developer: Digital Bridges

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Stunning graphics inc 3 viewpoints
Trick shot mode!
Opponents to unlock

Cons

Power bar could be more sensitive
Game requires serious effort to master

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
See Compatible Handsets

80

Graphics

96

Sound

43

Controls

97

Playability

82

Lastability

86

Review Details
Handset Sharp GX20

Anannya Sen ’s Review

Review Date: 09/11/04

A decent pool game for your phone. Really slick graphics and easy controls but challenging gameplay.


A pool game which is actually as close to playing pool in real life as you??re going to get!

The graphics in 3D Pool are superb. The ball colours, animation and the tables are excellent. The ball effects are great too and the cue looks very nice. Very well put together.

The sound is not that great. There are some brief sound effects when you select options, but nothing else. A slight sound when you foul and that??s all.

The controls couldn??t be simpler. The directional or key pad will control your cue position and the button or left shoulder button will select your shot. Up and down changes the angle that you view the table (one of three). Then comes the spin on the ball changed by moving the crosshairs. Last is the power bar which is represented by how far back your cue goes. One button to start and another to stop. One issue I have with this is that the cue is very slow to start moving and so it can be difficult to get accurate low power shots.

The playability is pretty good. There is a slew of different opponents to face and you have to unlock the others. There is also the usual trick shot mode which is always good fun to play. With the three views, the game is very realistic. So you can see the top of the table to get an idea of how the balls are going to be, use the lowest view to set up your shot and use the middle view to see if it??s going to work or not. This is a really nice touch and makes the game very realistic. But therein lies my problem with it. While the trick shots are great fun and the idea of unlocking characters is appealing, the game is pretty hard to play. It took me a while to be able to mount a serious challenge on the first opponent, who, by the way, pots almost as well as Steve Davis used to do. I seem to play pool the way I play pool in real life, ie very hit and miss. There are some games I am unbeatable and others where I can??t pot a ball to save my life.

The lastability is better if you want a game that takes some skill and effort to play. As I mentioned above, the game is very hard and so it takes quite a bit of practice to get any good. While this is great in terms of longevity, phone games are usually pick up and play. You can do this of course, but in order to get the most out of the game, you need to spend some time being able to judge the shots better (I always underhit them). The game is worthwhile if you??re going to keep it for ages, but if you change games regularly it might not be for you. That said, when I was in the middle of a game and was doing quite well, I got annoyed when I had to go and do something else, so the game is fun to play.