Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker

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A 3D snooker simulator. The table and cue can be turned through almost any angle, with shot strength and spin as required too. An on-screen dotted white line shows the path of your ball, including the next bounce.

There is also a "trick-shot" mode, allowing you to recreate classic snooker trick shots (well, not the one with the basket. Or with the cues lying on the table. Or the one with the girl lying on her back with the pink ball in her mouth. But you know).

And if you dawdle too long, the balls pull faces at you. Honest!


Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker Amiga Game setup
Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker DOS Choosing how I'd like to hit.
Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker Atari ST This is what happens when you wait too long
Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker Genesis Ingame #4

Alternate Titles

  • "147 3D Snooker" -- Working title

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A new dimension in recreating snooker on computer Amiga Martin Smith (63029)
A new dimension in recreating snooker on computer DOS Martin Smith (63029)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Sep, 1991 95 out of 100 95
The One for ST Games Atari ST Aug, 1991 95 out of 100 95
ST Format Atari ST Oct, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 91 out of 100 91
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1991 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Top Secret Amiga Nov, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1994 78 out of 100 78


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3D engine

The 3D engine was originally written for the Acorn Archimedes system in 1988, although that version probably was never finished.

Demo mode

There is a hidden mode in this game in which you can watch the computer compile breaks of 147 (the most that's possible in normal circumstances, and something of a Holy Grail among professional snooker players - coincidentally White became just the second player to achieve this during the World Championships in 1992, though several other players have achieved it since - Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Hendry share the record with three). Go into Trick Shot Mode and press F7, F4 and then F1, and it will now be available on the Demo Mode Menu

Original idea

The idea for Jimmy White to license the game actually came from TV Presenter Jeremy Beadle, when he met Archer MacLean at a trade show.

Version differences

An updated Amiga version was made in 1994, adding accelerator card compatibility and multiple game-save slots.

Some early Amiga copies weren't fully compatible with Kickstart 2 either, and produced black blocks on the screen (although it was basically still playable)


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #7 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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