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subpar pool

Developer: grapefrukt

Publisher: webbfarbror

  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • A clever mix of cuteness, solid top-down pool, and plenty of challenges that encourage trick shooting make for some fun

    Having played quite a number of pool sims over the decades it has been interesting to see how they’ve evolved. For the longest time system graphics would only allow for a more top-down perspective, but as capabilities increased most sims moved over more to a 3D rendered look. Now, with the release of subpar pool, it feels like things have come a bit full circle with the move back to a top-down look but plenty of fun and challenges to make for a more engaging time. Rather than being concerned with traditional rules, for the most part your goal here will always be to simply sink all balls in whatever pocket you can. The tricky part is usually trying to satisfy an ever-changing set of challenge goals that you’ll need to complete in order to progress and unlock more variations to further push your skills. Sometimes it can be as simply as making ricochet shots, but other times you may need to make use of warp gateways, make yourself scratch, or any number of other more unusual tasks. Perhaps true to the fact that it’s also available on mobile the experience feels like one you could enjoy for either quick or longer play sessions, which I like and isn’t always true of such conversions. If you’re a big fan of pool sims this may not be very traditional but its light style and variety really help to make it shine.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.6]

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