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3D Pool
3D Pool
Programmer Jeff
Graphics Uncredited
SFX/Music Uncredited
© 1989 Aardvark Software
Reviewed by : Shaun Neary & Kev Thacker Reviewed on : 2001-12-17

This is not a new review. It is a revamped review from the Kev and Spike archives. Original review date is 01/12/1995

Yippedee doo dah! Those days are here again. Remember the days when you would hang out at the bar and play pool, trying to win back the tenner that you lost about fifteen matches ago, but ended up losing five more tenners while playing double or nothing? Well now it's time to relive those moments as firebird allow you to take on the best of the pool sharks in their offering of 3d pool. Yep!, It's time to lay it all on the line as you face the Catford kid, No good Nik, and Flash Harry are some of your contenders in Maltese Joes pool tournament. The aim of the game? Simple!, unless you've never played pool before in your life!

3D Pool
Nice break!
3D Pool

Erm, not a lot on the table to choose.

It's like this, There are fifteen balls on the table, one black ball, seven yellow balls,and seven red balls. Somebody breaks, whoever pots a ball first has to stick with that same coloured ball that they potted first. When all their coloured balls have been potted, you must pot the black ball. Succeed and you have won the game and you advanced to the second round of the tournament? I don't think so!! This is the best two out of three falls to determine who's hot and who's not! Fail and you have to throw your pair of wrangler jeans into the box whick already has about thirty pairs of Wranglers. It all depends on some skill and a lot of luck!

You view the table from a view that you would see it in real life (we're talking virtual reality here folks!) You can move the joystick around to move the table (like you were walking around it). Controlling the ball is fairly easy, but it takes a bit of time to get used to it. It's almost as easy as playing the real thing! (and believe me the way that I play pool, is not yer average!) The only problem is that the computer doesn't make life easy for you (never does!) - (much easier on the Atari ST - love it -especially the poor sound effects for the clapping - which sounds like someone shaking a packet of frozen peas, and the ke-chock as it goes down the pocket - Kev)

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Neary attempts for his trickshot!

Graphics are good enough. They look like they were drawn in mode one (but they couldn't have been as there are more than four colours on the screen). But the lack of the colour yellow makes it almost impossable to tell on a green screen monitor. Sound aint the best. Clunk, clunk, clunk. A real test of the sound chip I must say (sarcasticly). It is very difficult to beat the computer, whereas ome people would find this a challenge where others would find it completely frustrating in the extreme. One slip and you have already lost the game! Now are you trying to tell me that everyone in this tournament is a professional and you are a ranked novice, nobody told you what you were getting into right? (Ok, so I can just beat the computer for the first guy - Kev) The game itself, like I say, is a challenge for some, but a real turnoff for others.
Still,I liked it.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
Decent enough 3d graphics...
... that can move a tad on the slow side.
Sound is pretty poor, blips and clunks.
Gameplay a bit too strong?
THE END RESULT: 55%

Kev's comment:

On the Atari ST, this game is fantastic, on the CPC not much at a bit slow to say the least. Um... worth a laugh.

NVG Downloads
Title Type Language Title Screen Cheatmode Problems Upld Date Comments Launch Command
3D POOL/MALTESE JOE'S POOL CHALLENGE Sports game English No No No 18/05/2001 Press any key on the crack intro to start the game
ADATE Downloads
Title Publisher Language Format
3D Pool Firebird English Disk
Amstrad Action Reviews
ISSUE PUBLISHER MASTER/RAVE PRICE GRAPHICS SOUND GRAB
FACTOR
STAYING
POWER
OVERALL
47 Firebird Rave 9.95/14.95 74 8 90 69 80
78 Kixx 3.99 n/r n/r n/r n/r 82
External Reviews
3D Pool @ CPC Reviews
3D Pool By Malc Jennings @ CPC Zone

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