What is lacking in the appeal of pool video
games? Playing a interactive barbecue, with girls in bikinis, hanging around the pool.
Maybe playing Marco Polo, or chicken in the water. Sounds like a recipe for success if
you ask me. What?! You’re telling me this isn’t a swimming pool game but like billiards.
Oh well. When you buy your new console, do you think
to yourself, “Well, I’m going to want an action game, a racing game, a sports game,
maybe an RPG for those insomnia filled nights, and Oh yeah, I have to get the latest Pool
game.” No you don’t, and the developers of Inferno Pool believe this is because pool
games are just not hardcore enough. So they pulled out everything including the kitchen
sink to make a pool game with an edge. The game has a demonic voice that announces the
action. The tables also have a demonic quality to them, with stains everywhere and paint
chipped away. It looks like you are playing pool in the underworld against Satan himself
or, just as bad, in a really bad roadhouse pool hall in Kansas City against a grown man
who goes by the name Billy. The gameplay is fairly limited, one because
there are not that many game modes offered and two because what it is is just pool. You
can play either 8-ball or 9-ball by yourself, or against a friend or the computer. You use
the analog stick to line up your shot, being able to see an overhead view for extra help.
You can then use the directional pad you add some english to the ball, putting top spin
on it or having it bend more. What is nice though is the game shows the path the balls
will take after contact. Making things easier but also more fun. And the analog stick works
perfectly to add just the right amount of power. But you get this, I mean, this is pool, and
you know what to expect. The game mode that is pretty interesting is Endurance Mode, where
you rush to put balls into pockets as the game throws more and more balls onto the table.
This is the most entertaining mode and the real highlight of the game. This game will not make pool games become
the stable of all video game libraries, but it is a very good pool game, with a unique
style and game modes that can be enjoyed both online and off.