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.