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So, the excellent and fun Arcade Pool makes it on to CD. Following the glorious tradition of games that are upgraded to the super new plastic format it's changed not one bit. Flying in the face of popular opinion, it's still £15. All hail Team 17!
Arcade Pool doesn't have brilliant graphics or many other gimmicks, but what it does have is very addictive gameplay, making the desire for 'just one more game' keep you playing for a fair old while.
The CD32 version has all the options of the original - there are many diverse versions of the game, Speed Pool and Killer are particular favourites of mine. And it's the only pool or snooker game available for the CD32.
This is the kind of game that can get you in trouble because you're likely to lose track of time. As a posh bloke might say - "It's rather splendid"
Arcade Pool shines in almost every department and although it looks and sounds nice, the most important thing is that it plays like a complete dream.
The control method, whether you're using a joypad or a mouse, is spot-on and very easy to use and this means anyone of any age can play and enjoy the game.
As to the game itself, it's as entertaining as ever. Pool, surprisingly, isn't very easy to simulate. It either becomes too technical and lacks any engaging qualities or it is an arcade game with little skill.
Die bequeme Maussteuerung läßt keine Wünsche offen, das Joypad ist allerdings nur zweite Wahl, besonders, wenn es (wie bei Speedpool) auf Tempo ankommt. Und die mehrsprachige Anleitung auf der CD hätte Themen wie den Highscoreeintrag via Pad oder das Abspeichern zumindest mal streifen können. Trotzdem: Wo sonst kriegt die Filzlaus für so wenig Geld so viele Features und gleich 32 Computergegner obendrein? Nirgends, eben. Also stoßt zu, Leute!
Die spielerisch astrein gelungene Simulation bietet in der CD 32-Version einen ganz besonderen Gag: Man hört die echten Geräusche eines typischen englischen Pubs, die richtige Stimmung kommt somit garantiert auf.