DescriptionPoolster is a single player shareware snooker simulation. It was sold commercially but it, and it's companion game Snooker 147 have now been posted as freeware on it's developer's web site. Both games use the same engine and therefore game-play is virtually identical.
The game is played with just three controls which are entirely mouse operated. The strength of the shot is controlled by dragging the cue left to right along the bottom of the screen. The further to the right the cue tip is the softer the shot. In the lower right of the screen is a representation of the cue ball with a cross-hair mark on it. This is used to control the position in which the cue strikes the cue ball and thus controls 'side' and 'backspin'. The ball is aimed by positioning a cross-hair cursor in the desired direction and clicking the mouse button.
The shareware game has in-game help text that opens in a new window, sound effects, an undo function and a 'boss' key. The registered version allows the player to save/load games and has a "ball-positoner" feature whereby the player can position the balls to practice trick shots. There is no high score feature, no end of game statistics, and no player aids such as sighting lines.
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