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Side Pocket

MobyRank MobyScore
NES
...
3.3
WonderSwan
...
4.5
Genesis
74
3.5

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 1 3.0
Game Boy 4 4.1
Game Gear 3 2.3
Genesis 5 3.5
NES 5 3.3
Nintendo 3DS 2 4.5
SNES 3 4.1
WonderSwan 2 4.5
Combined MobyScore 25 3.6


The Press Says

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91
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
I'm going to go out on a limb with this one, and call it the most fun video pool game EVER. I remember playing the challenging one-player mode for hours in 1993, and playing it today only confirms how great it is. Granted, there are few options, and no fancy 3D angles like those in modern pool games. But this game is SO much fun. Besides the two-player modes, there is an extremely addictive one-player game where need to score a certain number of points to make it to the next level. You score points by making consecutive shots or sinking balls in numeric order. Various imaginative trick shot opportunities are presented to you between rounds. The control is excellent and easy to learn. I really love the jazzy background lounge music - it adds atmosphere. The graphics are also very attractive. Side Pocket is a real gem.
87
SNESGame Players
This is slick, with excellent graphics of both the table and the between-round babe. But despite its easy interface, it's not really a pool simulation - just a fun distraction.
85
GenesisJoystick (French)
Side Pocket est une simulation très simple, les programmeurs ne se sont pas étalés dans les détails. Mais tout y est parfaitement agréable et plaisant. Le système de positionnement de la boule est efficace et d'une utilisation particulièrement pratique. Les graphismes sont eux aussi à l'image de l'ensemble de la production : clairs, nets et sans bavures.
82
GenesisSega Force
Har man tröttnat på det "vanliga" biljardspelet kan man övergå till "trick shot"-avdelningen, där man på en meny väljer mellan ett antal olika tricks - bra test på både tålamod och beräkning av vinklar! För min del slutade de flesta försöken med ljudet av krossade vinglas, vilka ingick i stor mängd som hinder i de flesta tricksen. På det hela taget: ett spel som det är en utmaning att bemästra om man är intresserad av biljard!
80
SNESGamePro (US)
Side Pocket is a great game for pool enthusiasts and casual video game pool players alike. There are plenty of great options and genuine pool strategies to keep serious players interested and yet it's simple enough to play without the manual. Whether you're slick with a stick or a fool at pool, you'll enjoy Side Pocket.
79
Game BoyInterface
Fågelperspektiv på biljardtillvaron är vad man får. Man ser bordet rakt uppifrån. Sedan kan du sikta, skruva, bestämma styrka osv. Påminner om diverse golfspel. Spelkänslan i SP är bra, faktiskt så bra att du bör köpa det, om du har intresse av såna här spel.
75
Game GearPortable Review
The replay for this game is better than the other two portable versions, simply due to the addition of Trick Mode. It adds a nice puzzle element to the game, almost like the “Puzzle” modes found in various puzzle games. Still, a versus mode where players can pass a single system around, as opposed to having to link up. Needless to say, this is probably the best version of Side Pocket to hit a portable, so unless the DS, the PSP or some future handheld we haven’t even heard of yet decides to bring out a new version of Side Pocket (which is doubtful, due to Data East’s bankruptcy), go for the Game Gear version.
75
NESThe Video Game Critic
Side Pocket's graphics feature shiny rotating balls but little else. The soundtrack has a jazzy, old-fashioned piano sound that's definitely unique but won't appeal to everybody. I was always a big fan of Side Pocket on the Genesis, and I'm happy to report that this version is nearly as good.
73
Game BoyJoystick (French)
Malgré tout, ce jeu de Data East, sans être d'une perfection sans limite, demeure un soft tout à fait distrayant et agréable surtout lorsqu'on y joue à deux.
71
NESInterface
Tror ni att ni heter Paul Newman eller Tom Cruise så är Side pocket givetsvis ett måste fastän ni då kommer att klaga på avsaknaden av finesser med mera. Är ni bara intresserade i största allmänhet så tycker jag att Side pocket är värt en titt, men ni får göra det i tysto för ljudet är verkligen inte dess starka sida.
70
Game BoyGénération 4
Un jeu de billard américain sur Gameboy, c'est possible ! Qui plus est, Side Pocket est d'une jouabilité surprenante et ravira les amateurs de cet art raffiné.
70
Game BoyPortable Review
Side Pocket's replay value definitely depends on what emphasis you place. When it comes to simple pick-up-and-playability, Side Pocket has it in spades. Whether it’s the single-game 9-Ball mode or the mildly more engrossing Pocket mode, this game is a perfect companion for the pool shark on the road. On the other hand, don’t expect this game to have much lasting value. It doesn’t take long for the game to become monotonous, considering the low level of options, and there’s also a lack of a viable multiplayer mode (unless a second Game Boy, a second copy of Side Pocket and a link cable can be obtained). All-in-all, Side Pocket for the Game Boy isn’t bad, both as an early Game Boy game and an incarnation of its series, but it has been outclassed in both respects.
70
Game GearGamePro (US)
The cart does include some nice options for displaying small balls on a small screen, but the graphics are mostly standard fare. Unsurprisingly, the sound makes you want to turn the volume off. Still, slamming home your shots is a whole lot of fun.
67
GenesisEntertainment Weekly
Embodying this utilitarian approach is the game's hyper-realistic, overhead-angle table display — not as realistic, unfortunately, is its follow-the-dotted-line aiming system, which allows you to hit the cue ball in only about half a dozen places. An extensive trick-shot menu — apparently meant to compensate for this glaring limitation — is intriguing, but completely superfluous.
67
GenesisASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Zweifellos ist Side Pocket keine Billard-Simulation der Spitzenklasse, aber wirklich nette Unterhaltung. Gerade zu zweit, mit 'nem Täßchen Bier am späten Abend, macht's viel Spaß. Der Lauf des Balls ist recht realistisch, einige Extras lockern das Geschehen auf. Die Grafik ist bescheiden aber zweckmäßig, nur der blusige Sound nervt etwas.
64
Game BoyPower Play
In den USA war die Billard-Simulation "Side Pocket" auf dem Nintendo-Videospiel ein voller Erfolg. Die Game Boy-Umsetzung bietet wie das Original zwei Spielvarianten (9 Ball und Side Pocket). Wer auf Billard steht, der wird mit Side Pocket gut bedient.
63
Game GearElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
This is a fairly amusing cart of some of the most popular billiard games. Although the graphics are on a portable, they don't seem too bad and you can actually distinguish between the solid and striped balls. I'm sorry to say that I can't say much for the sound. Gameplay isn't bad, except after you hit the cue ball. All the balls seem to roll a little too much. Kinda makes it less realistic. It's an amusing take-along game.
62
Game GearGame Players
Nine ball is the only common version of pool found in this simulation, which is rounded out with a unique game called Pocket and some trick shots. Lack of extras keep this one from sinking the competition.
60
Game BoyVideo Games
Billard gehört zu den Sportarten, die man nicht perfekt simulieren kann. Ohne das gepflegte Ambiente einer rauchgeschwängerten Kneipe mit gedämpftem Licht kommt keine richtige Stimmung auf. Im Rahmen der Game-Boy-Möglichkeiten ist Data East allerdings eine gute Umsetzung gelungen. Die Kugeln rollen halbwegs realistisch und folgen den zuvor erteilten Spezialanweisungen (Schnitt etc.) kommentarlos. Die Grafik wirkt auf dem kleinen Schwarzweißbildschirm leider etwas fuzzelig - manche Details sind schwer zu erkennen. Außerdem hätte ich mir ein paar mehr Spielvarianten gewünscht.
60
Game GearVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
When it comes right down to it, the Game Gear just can't match the feel of playing a game of pool in a smoky pool hall where hustlers are hustling and games are played for cash. This one's for the easily entertained.
59
GenesisPower Play
Billardprofis werden in Side Pocket kaum eine passende Alternative zum „echten“ Billardspiel sehen. Die ungenaue Vogelperspektive kann nicht überzeugen, eine 3-D-Darstellung wäre realistischer. Zudem bewegt sich die Ziellinie nicht fein genug, um eine millimetergenaue Peilung zu ermöglichen. Alleine kann Side Pocket nur leidlich motivieren, zu Zweit wird’s spaßiger. Habt Ihr ein Mega Drive und einen menschlichen Gegner, aber keine Aussicht auf einen richtigen Billardtisch, ist Side Pocket empfehlenswert.
59
Game BoyPlayer One
De très rares simulations réussies de billard en jeu vidéo ont démontré que la chose était possible. Malheureusement, cette version Game Boy ne tient pas la route: le contour des boules (en alternance avec leur numéro) est confus, les effets sur les boules manquent de précision, et l'ergonomie d'ensemble du jeu est simple mais pas assez souple à l'emploi. La bande sonore est trop répétitive avec des thèmes insuffisament variés et le plaisir de ce jeu n'est pas au rendez-vous, même pour les amateurs de ce noble passe-temps...
59
Game BoyTotal!! UK Magazine
More of a puzzle game with pool balls than a true pool simulation. With a computer opponent and English rules it could have been great.