Title Arcade Pool Publisher Team 17 [also on CD32 with Superfrog] (1994) Game Type Sport Players 1 HD installable HD-patch: aminet:game/patch/t17pack.lha Compatibility all Amigas (AGA enhanced) Submission Dennis Smith Profiled Reviewer Review The overhead view has been used for billiard games since the early days of 8-bit computers; the advent of 16-bit computers has brought the ability to use a more realistic 3D view, first used in the classic 3D-Pool (which was also available on the 8-bit systems). For Team 17 to release a 2D game seems like a step backwards. Once you play, however, these initial misgivings are left to one side, for Arcade Pool is an attractive and addictive game. Unlike previous games, the balls appear to roll (and despite the limited number of animation steps involved it is fairly convincing), the graphics are very good (if limited) and the sound effects are excellent. There are numerous options and types of game to play from one to sixteen players, and various scored 'challenges' in which you can build up and save high scores. On the minus side, Arcade Pool is lacking in realism and would be considered unacceptable as a simulation - hence the 'Arcade' title. The behaviour of the balls is predictable 90% of the time but occasionally quite laughably peculiar. Fortunately the gameplay is so engaging and easily picked up that such quirks are easily excused. This isn't one to command your attention for weeks but it's one you'll happily come back to from time to time for a quick knock-about.