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Virtual Pool

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows 3.x
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3.3
Macintosh
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3.3
Windows
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3.5
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Description

Virtual Pool is the definitive pool simulation game that actually teaches novice players how to play and even promises to improve the game of the pool shark. Developed by a team of physicists and professional pool players, Virtual Pool brings the game to life with the highest degree of accuracy. Balls roll, skid, collide and move on a fully rendered 3D controlled pool table that mirrors reality.

Virtual Pool has revolutionary features that allow players to actually 'walk' around the table to check out their next shot, take a closer look, back away, look left or right and then line-up the shot like they would in a real game with a real table. This title also allows players to take an overhead view from above, something unavailable in a real pool game!

Taking game tips from World Champion pool player "Machine Gun" Lou Butera is guaranteed to improve the player's game. "Machine Gun" Lou will teach players over 30 famous trick shots the player can practice on their computer screen and then implement on a real table.

Screenshots

Virtual Pool DOS Main menu
Virtual Pool DOS Setting up a game.
Virtual Pool DOS The camera moves in all sorts of directions to follow the action and to help you aim.
Virtual Pool PlayStation Top view of the table

Alternate Titles

  • "Virtual Pool: Snooker" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Rack 'em up...... Windows Chris Martin (1112)

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly DOS Jun 02, 1995 A 100
Joystick (French) DOS Jun, 1995 90 out of 100 90
macHOME Macintosh 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jun, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Power Play DOS Jun, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide DOS 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Macintosh Feb, 1997 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot PlayStation Jan 03, 1997 7.4 out of 10 74
Play Magazine PlayStation 1997 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

Pre-release versions of the 1995 PC version got leaked. The authorized production version of the game has the code marking ICD-120-0 through ICD-120-5 on each disc. The stolen version CD code is ICD-059-0. According to IPC the stolen version was "being offered for sale at some swap meets, computer fairs and small retail shops" and "contain a defective software program which will not operate properly."
Contributed to by Duduqaz (7151), Trixter (8743), Adam Baratz (1353), Chris Martin (1112) and Jeanne (75634)