Archer Maclean's Pool


Title           Archer Maclean's Pool
Publisher       Virgin (1992)
Game Type       Sport
Players         1-2 (up to 8 in tournaments)
HD Installable  HD-patch: from Bert Jahn's WHDLoad page
Compatibility   All Amigas
Submission      Dennis Smith Profiled Reviewer

Review
Archer Maclean had a success in 1991 with 'Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker',
so to widen his audience he put together a pool game using the same
3D-engine he devised for 'Snooker'. As well as adapting his engine to the
rules of 3 pool variants (UK 8-ball, US 8-ball and US 9-ball) and altering
the dimensions of balls and table, he also included many new computer
opponents (16 more than Snooker's 4) and added the option to play matches
or a tournament as well as single frames.

The game is just as good as 'Snooker' was in terms of realism, with the
exception that in the US pool-variants, in which the balls are numbered,
the numbers stay fixed in the centres of the balls, giving them the
impression of sliding across the table instead of rolling. However, given
the processing power of the average Amiga at the time, this was the only
option available and you swiftly get used to it. This is by far the most
accurate simulation available on the Amiga so if you do enjoy pool, you'll
find this an excellent game.

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