Arcade Pool Online Review

I’m willing to use my imagination with a lot of iPhone games.  I’m willing to race, shoot, spin, dodge—but there’s something surreal, downright deconstructionist about taking the real things that we do and converting them into simulations for a platform that’s no bigger than your palm.

arcade poolWith games like The Sims I get a cold shudder that originates in my hands and runs up to my brain.  In what kind of messed up game do you have to tell your character to use the bathroom, go to sleep, make love to their girlfriend?  Shouldn’t you, as the god of the game, be concerned with more important things, like winning?

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I’m not sure where exactly my complaint for Arcade Pool originates.  Is it the fact that it’s a simulation?

Is it the fact that I’m a pool lover and usually win in reality but find myself being creamed online?  Or does touching that little bitty screen and lining up the shots just remind me of what I’m not doing: playing pool?

Don’t get me wrong- Lucky Clan’s Arcade Pool Online is an excellent simulation.  You adjust angle and stroke power with each shot (although a toggle for setting the english would be nice too) so as to get it into the pocket just right.

The controls are well-adjusted for this and you can line up your shot to a fraction of a pixel.  If you’re a little off, the object ball will bounce out and rattle around the table, and if you sink the object ball, it makes a satisfying “ka-plunk.”

pool2It’s all very real without being real.  The balls, the way they move—Arcade Pool even simulates the sound of your stick striking the cue ball.  But there’s something unsatisfying with the whole experience: the silent online opponents, the perfect flatness of the table, the canned applause when you win.

There’s no crushed egos or broken hearts in this game.  Nor is their elation.  There’s not even really victories and defeats.  Winning a game of pool online will either get you points or lose you points, points that no one cares about.

If there’s a come-back component of this game then it’s coming back to try to fashion a more satisfying experience.

There’s also a solo version of the game.  In the solo version if you scratch it sets the cue back on the dot from which you struck, and if you preemptively sink the eight, the “game” just keeps going.  I wouldn’t recommend fiddling with this unless you are really bored or a masochist.  And if you’re a masochist, let me recommend some more painful but less boring games.

The online element really soars in its potential to be a vibrant gaming atmosphere.  It’s got a chat board and leader board and everyone’s rankings are displayed in ascending order.  So much thoughtful planning for players who really don’t care.

It’s kind of a tragedy in that way.

The Good:

Very realistic
Perfect physics
Follows all the rules of eight ball

The Bad:

Need to be able to adjust english
Can get boring


buy

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  • mch

    Forget all that fancy stuff, 3D views, spin control and all other distractions. I mean come on! This is ARCADE pool ONLINE. This app gives you solid 2D look and simple yet convenient controls. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still some sweet 60fps graphics, excelent physics and classy music. But this is not that important here. The killer feature of this app is its online gaming capabilities. You can play against players from all over the world, you’ve got in-game and lobby chat, there’s ranking, there’s competition. Come on, it’s not the real thing, but if you like pool and join the game, you’ll spend hours playing others. And by the way, since the launch of the app top players have accumulated much experience. It won’t be easy to beat them!

  • Glenn

    I will have fun trying!! I like the game alot.

  • themendoz

    I think you might have been a little bit too harsh in the review. You mention crucial flaws in the single player experience and I think you should have focused more on that.

  • Tomasz Banas

    I love this game, very realistic, good physics, MULTIplayer, rooms, and much much more…

  • JCman7

    Looks like a very well made pool game, there are a few out there but they just dont seem to be very good. I love a good game of pool so this app looks pretty nice, simple graphics yet very crisp

  • Pool master

    I love this game! For me it is the best online pool in app store, absolutely must have for pool fans.

    The fact is that 95% of player have problems to set cue angle correctly, and to use spin first you have to set angle perfectly. Spin is really not necessary in pool on iPhone.

    “Winning a game of pool online will either get you points or lose you points, points that no one cares about.” – points are the most important thing in this game, i don’t understand why you wrote “points that no one cares about”. Without points this game would have no sense at all!

  • Big Albie

    I’ve actually played this a bit, and it’s really well implemented. I look at this way: this is designed for the causal player who in general doesn’t want anything overly complex but still wants a challenging gameplay experience. If that’s the case, then Arcade Pool provides that.

  • MichaelMurtagh

    I’ve Been Looking For A Good Pool Game For My iPod, And This One Looks Pretty Good

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  • MichaelMurtagh

    Thanks Glenn! I Was Really Hoping To Get This One

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  • cathy

    This seems like a really cool pool game