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DFG Exclusive Review Summary
A superior game, one of the very best in its category.
- 10 different pool games to play
- Take on a friend on your computer or in network play
- Change the appearance of pool tables, cues, balls, and rooms
- Five difficulty levels to give you the perfect challenge
- High score board keeps track of your best performances
- No tutorial to teach shots, controls, rules
- Few sounds leave you playing in silence
- Limited control over camera angle/view
If you want a fun, easy to use, and varied computer pool game, you must give this one a shot!
Get out your chalk, grab your favorite pool stick, and aim carefully. 3D Live Pool is an excellent pool simulator that puts you right in the game.
- "This game has awsome graphics and is much fun to play. I have been looking for something like this for a while and nothing seems to come close. Thanks" - Jerry W., 3D Live Pool Player
3D Live Pool has great sound, the balls roll just like real ones, and you can position your cue shot to hit at various places on the cue ball for different spins! Play against the computer or another player. If you aren't familiar with computer pool games, be sure to read the help file to learn how to work the controls.
3D Live Pool Review
Review by Brandon
3D Live Pool is a fun and realistic pool game that will keep you entertained for hours on end. There are ten different types of pool to play, allowing you to challenge yourself in solo play or face off against computer opponents or friends. You can adjust the appearance of various parts of the game, from the pool table to the balls you use. You can customize the difficulty of computer opponents to find something that fits your skill level. You can even check out your best scores and try to beat them. This is a great pool game from start to finish.
10 Different Pool Games
You start the game by selecting which type of game you want to play. There are ten different types of games to play, such as 3-ball and 8-ball. Once you select a game, you can choose other options depending on your selection. For example, selecting 8-ball lets you name the computer opponent and adjust their difficulty, or play against another player instead. Some games have you face off against someone, while others are played alone. The variety of game types to select from adds a lot of variety and helps keep the game fresh.
Quick Play and Network Play
There are two modes of play in 3D Live Pool. Quick Play lets you take on a computer opponent or a friend in one of ten different pool games. You play the game you select continuously, while the wins and losses for each player are tracked by the game and shown on the screen. The other mode is Network Play, which gives you the option to take on a friend via a Network. However, you'll need their IP address to be able to play a game against them.
When playing against a computer opponent, there are five different difficulty levels to choose from. These settings let you make the computer opponent harder or easier, depending on how skilled you are when it comes to pool. While the computer can still be challenging for those not as familiar or good at pool even on the easier settings, the game provides a good variety of challenge for all players.
The controls in 3D Live Pool are simple and easily referenced via the in-game help. These controls give you the basics of taking shots and adjusting the camera. However, they do not cover advanced shooting techniques or trick shots. A simple tutorial of some sort could have easily been used to teach the basics and some advanced techniques. At the same time, the controls don't present a huge barrier to playing the game to any player.
Some Graphical Customizations
The graphics in 3D Live Pool are well done, and a bit better than other similar games. In addition, you have the option to customize the look of the pool tables, cues, balls, and even the rooms you play in. However, you have limited control over the camera angle and view while playing. You typically look from a side of the table, often making it difficulty to see the whole table or your shots. You can look from straight above, but you cannot move your cue or take shots in that view. The ability to play from either view would have been a good improvement.
Needs Better Sound
Additionally, the game is lacking when it comes to sounds. There are a few sounds for balls hitting each other and similar actions, but nothing beyond that. It makes the game feel quiet and a bit empty. Music and some more sounds could have made the game better.
Conclusion - A Solid Pool Game, Recommended
3D Live Pool is an excellent pool game with ten different types of games to choose from. You can take on computer opponents at a variety of difficulty levels, or play against a friend on your computer or in Network Play. You have the ability to customize the appearance of pool tables, cues, balls, and rooms. A high score board tracks your best performances and gives you something to work towards. A few minor flaws pale in comparison to the positives this game has to offer. This is a game well worth playing for any fan of pool.
- The earliest version of 3D Live Pool was released sometime during 2001.
- The game was developed by Etiumsoft.
- Other games by Etiumsoft include Soko Hunter, Battle Pool, Castle Wars, and Empire OL.
- 3D Live Pool is only available for Windows systems.
- 3D Live Pool has been downloaded from CNET over eight hundred-thousand times and is ranked as the site's seventh best sport game.
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