Rated 5 out of 10 by 1
Rated 5 out of 10 by UnkaTony Go Broke While Trying To Break
This game starts out promising enough; pick a character and go play various billiards and pub games. And that's when you find out the game's filled with broken promises.
You have to go to the 'loan shark' and get $200 before you can earn enough money to buy the mini games such as Darts or Skeeball. And you have to win matches against the computer to gain the money you'll need to buy the mini-games or special items. And when you run out of money from constantly losing to low level computer characters, you have to return to the loan shark for another $200 loan and start all over again.
Character animations consist of a pair of hands 'walking' around the pool tables and setting up for shots. Opponents are distinguished by the different gloves each may wear, or how much filth and grime is on the character according to the profile pics. It's painfully slow when the computer character decides to take its shot by walking around the table. It's slow, especially when the 'character' stops halfway around the table and reverses direction all of a sudden and walks in the opposite direction around the table to get to where it was originally going to walk to in the first place.
Sound effects are good. Gravity with the balls is excellent (you can even hop them over others if you take the shots right, which luckily in this game, doesn't send the pool hall owner to you with a warning and a bill for damaging his table). The music is nothing to write home about and in all honesty, is nothing you'd ever hear over an actual game of pool. I wouldn't have gone out and licensed country, pop, blues and classic rock hits for it, but I sure wouldn't have had the music department of the company make players feel like they're stuck in an elevator from the time they start playing until they get fed up and shut the game off, either.
It's understandable to have different pool cues, tables, a helpful player HUD and table customizing felts requiring large sums of player cash, but locking out darts and charging the same amount as a custom table to unlock them is a bit much.