Jimmy White's 2: Cueball

aka: Billard Clubhouse, Billard Nights, Billares, Cueball, JWC2
Moby ID: 8101
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Licensed by snooker player Jimmy White, this game is a simulation of not only the British game of snooker, but also of the three main variations of pool.

The game is viewed in detailed 3D, allowing you to rotate the table at all angles, either from overhead or using the cue position as a base. Taking a shot involves setting the exact pace and spin of it, and considering what each contact will do to the position of the cue ball, and any balls you may wish to pot afterwards. In the snooker mode playing accurate 'safety' shots (to prevent your opponent scoring) becomes important as well.

In each mode there are 10 computer opponents, and matches can consist of up to 9 frames. A trick-shot editor is also included, allowing you to practice shots and set up challenges. Replays and an undo mode are also included.

Bonus games are included as well - darts, draughts, a fruit machine, and even a remake of Dropzone, a Commodore 64 game from the same programmer.

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Average score: 69% (based on 18 ratings)


Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 14 ratings with 2 reviews)

A great value combination of games, with all the important features spot on

The Good
The difficulty curve is excellent, and the range of match lengths gives variety.

There's a full trick-shot editor, allowing for all manner of shots to be set up, as well as several practice features including shot assistance. The view line is helpful for judging shots as well.

Considering its versatility the control system is easy to use and quick to master.

Graphics are excellent, with the detail in the surrounding rooms especially impressive, and the sound is accurate enough. The ball physics are realistic enough for you to know that every miss is your own fault.

The Bad
You can only replay a shot if a human player is taking the next one - so you can't look again at computer pots (to see what it did right) or your misses in a 2 player game (to see how it went wrong). Similarly, in the one-player practice mode you can only undo shots if you potted the previous one, making the feature less useful that it should've been.

The Bottom Line
A complete recreation of snooker and pool, as well as several bonus games - darts, draughts, a fruit machine and a recreation of Archer MacLean's C64 game Dropzone. Both snooker and pool feature 3D graphics which can be fully zoomed, rotated and moved. Shots can be set up form a number of angles, and then replayed.

Three variants of pool are featured - the UK and US 8-ball games, which can each be customized for the variety of rules found in pubs worldwide, as well as the thrilling fast-paced 9-ball game, where one well-planned shot can earn victory.

Windows · by Martin Smith (81664) · 2004

Rack 'em, lads

The Good
The graphics for cueball are awesome. they really bring out the snooker/pool room atmosphere and make you think your actually there! The game also gives you practice rounds, advice and a Guidance line, to help you get the right angle on the balls. Its also great to see more than just a snooker and pool table, i especially like the one armed bandit, lovely jubbly.

The Bad
On the "best ratings" slab outside each room, there is no mention off the 9-ball pool games. Other than that, Flaweless!

The Bottom Line
Easy to learn and fun. Well, just don't sit there, BUY IT.

Windows · by paul cairey (319) · 2003



In the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #22), Archer Maclean tells the story of an early milestone meeting with their old publisher in 1997: they showed off their hardware renderer by displaying a green polygon which eventually would become the snooker table. The publisher's manager proceeded to suggest changing said polygon to a field and making a soccer game instead. Because they disagreed with that proposition, they did not get paid for a few months until the publisher was bought by Electronic Arts.


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Game added by paul cairey.

Additional contributors: Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger, BlaringCoder.

Game added January 6, 2003. Last modified January 18, 2024.