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If you're anything other than diametrically opposed to the concept of Pool, this is a definite must-buy, iffy graphics aside. A corker!
Perhaps because there is so much involved in this simulation, the computer controlled players do take a good while to think about playing even the most straightforward of shots. Waiting while the computer 'hmmmms' about shooting is the most boring aspect of the game. This aside though, the frames don't take long to finish, as once you've grasped the control method, potting the balls is extremely straightforward. But I reckon that once the novelty of the sophisticated presentation has worn off, boredom could set in very fast. Possibly with this in mind, a selection of trick shots and a 'trick shot editor' have been included, which do add to the game, but only as a temporary diversion.
All in all, if you are a fan of pool or snooker, then you won't be disappointed by adding this game to your collection. But l suspect that it's appeal to other games players will be limited.
The Games Machine (UK)
Other than the upper screen displays, everything is in green and black with lots of checked shading. This can be a strain to the eyes at times but both table and ball movement are smooth. the best 3-D of the versions reviewed.