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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

PURE POOL

RRP: $ 12.99 ( re­viewed on PC)

DE­VEL­OPER VooFoo Stu­dios is no stranger to vir­tual pool halls. Pure Pool fol­lows up their PlayS­ta­tion 3 ti­tle Hus­tle Kings.

True to its ti­tle, this new bud­get- priced down­load­able game is an au­then­tic pool simulator with­out the bells and whis­tles of ar­cade style eight- ball games.

There is no sto­ry­line, no colour­ful char­ac­ters, and no crazy trick shots.

What you can ex­pect though, is a photo re­al­is­tic set­ting, in­clud­ing a stylish bar with peo­ple in the back­ground, and highly de­tailed pool ta­ble at cen­tre stage. Adding to the re­al­is­tic vi­su­als, are the weighted physics of the balls as they strike each other and bounce around the ta­ble.

While the game’s sound ef­fects are lim­ited, they are also very au­then­tic.

The back­ground mu­sic, on the other hand, is some of the worst I’ve heard in any game.

Fir­ing up Pure Pool, you’re au­to­mat­i­cally dropped into prac­tice mode. From here you can choose from the main ca­reer mode, chal­lenge modes, and an on­line mode.

The ca­reer mode sees you work­ing your way up from am­a­teur, to pro, and fi nally to mas­ters tour­na­ments.

The eight- ball and nine- ball rounds within each of these main lev­els are bro­ken up with chal­lenges to help keep things in­ter­est­ing.

Rather than win­ning each game to progress, there are cer­tain ob­jec­tives that earn you stars dur­ing a round, and new games are only un­locked once you have a cer­tain num­ber of stars.

The hand­ful of chal­lenge rounds in­clude things like pock­et­ing as many balls in a time­frame, or see­ing how many you can pocket in a row be­fore miss­ing one. While the on­line mode has ex­pe­ri­enced some launch is­sues, and I couldn’t al­ways con­nect, when it has worked I’ve en­joyed play­ing against other play­ers.

Un­for­tu­nately, there is no way to com­mu­ni­cate with each other, so the usual pool hall taunt­ing is sorely missed.

A global leader board rounds out the key fea­tures, dis­play­ing your stand­ing within the ca­reer mode and also the var­i­ous chal­lenges.

What Pure Pool lacks in per­son­al­ity, it makes up for in re­al­ism.

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