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GameOver Game Reviews - Pool Pro Online (c) Namco, Reviewed by - Lawrence Wong

Game & Publisher Pool Pro Online (c) Namco
System Requirements Wireless phone and service
Overall Rating 50%
Date Published Monday, March 27th, 2006 at 02:47 AM

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Pool Pro Online is your standard American pool game with 8 or 9 ball variations. The piece de resistance of this game, as the title denotes, is the ability to play online with other players. This isn’t an online exclusive title, though, since you can also play the game with a computer opponent.

When it comes to the basics, Pool Pro Online does a decent job with the physics of the balls. For example, I didn’t see any case where there were sticky balls or path traversals that were really out of whack. The game lets you strike the cue ball at any place and control the shot’s power with a power meter.

Beyond, that, however and you can’t really expect much. The trajectory aid only lets you aim up to your target. You can’t see anything beyond that, which prevents you from getting any visual aids when you want to bounce off cushions. You also can’t do maneuvers like jump shots or back spins in this game. At least, I wasn’t able to figure out how to do them.

Pool Pro Online’s presentation is fairly simple. It is easy to log in and find opponents but offline play is severely limited by the lack of variations (only 8 or 9 ball play) and total lack of unlocked items or a different variety of computer opponents to try against. Its graphics are also dated compared to modern pool games in mobile format. That’s talking about comparing it against 2D games, much less the 3D ones being released by companies like Gameloft.

If you absolutely need to play pool online, Pool Pro Online fits the bill. If, however, you are looking for anything more, you’d best go with something Midnight Pool, which will be far more satisfying, on or offline.


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