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Sprt: 3D Pool Pro [by Videoworks]

Game Review:  3D Pool Pro
Release: July 2004
Genre: Sports
Developer: VideoWorks
System Requirements: 800MHz, Windows /95/98/ME/2000/XP, 128Mb RAM, DirectX 8.0+
Players: 1-2
Price: $16.00

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I like to play pool, but in general I've disliked pool video games. The controls are always weird, and they never really allows you to do fun shots, like banking an airborne ball off the wall. There have been a few 3D pool games out there, such as GLBilliards and foodbilliard, which are both open source, but suffer from horribly controls or no sounds. 3D Pool Pro, while not necessarily as pretty, is definitely the most well polished of the games I've seen.

While the controls do take some getting used to, they are intuitive enough that the game plays quite smoothly. You also have the choice of using the mouse for everything or using keyboard controls. You can play 8-ball or 9-ball, and can do so in training, in a standard game, or in a tournament. The tournament plays almost like a story mode, where you must defeat members of your family, then move on to the different arenas and their respective tables to defeat tougher opponents to compete for World Champion.