Fut excursion into the world of pool
Although there are a few pool games out there, it's not exactly a mass market and there only a few titles really worthy of playing for fans of the sport. Archer Maclean's Pool is one of the better sims, while Arcade Pool, from Team17, best known for Alien Breed and the Worms series, also makes for a safe bet. Instead of the 3D view of the likes of Virtual Pool, this one uses an overhead view of the table which makes for a visually unimpressive game, but which does make it smooth and easy to get the hang of. A number of modes are available here, including the standard 8-ball (both UK and US variants) and the faster 9-ball game, while a Survival mode requires you to complete a table without missing more than three times, and the Speed mode tasking players with completing a table in the fastest possible time. Throw into this customisable rules so you can tweak things to suit your tastes, and a two-player mode and you have all the makings of a decent pool sim. Any such game relies heavily on the accuracy of its physics but fortunately Arcade Pool scores pretty highly in this respect, although the DOS version does display a few moments of bizarre ball movement just to keep your on your toes. While the game doesn't feature any licensed players (although who would have known?) the AI players are generally pretty good and provide a decent challenge for most people. As you'd expect from a 2D pool game, the graphics and sound are nothing to write home about, but are at least serviceable enough and do their job, and as mentioned the physics are solid. Although the game lacks the trick shots of other games, its emphasis on arcade action means it is a fair amount of fun and keeps up a good pace. If you're looking for a simple, but enjoyable pool sim this is the one to go for.