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Brad Adrian
04-12-2003, 09:00 AM
<a href="http://www.handango.com/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?siteId=311&platformId=2&productType=2&catalog=0&amp;sectionId=0&productId=64325">http://www.handango.com/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?siteId=311&platformId=2&productType=2&catalog=0&amp;sectionId=0&productId=64325</a><br /><br />If you've ever held a billiards cue in your hand or fancied yourself another "Minnesota Fats," Billiard Master is game you'll definitely enjoy.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/images/adrian/billiardmaster.gif" /><br /><br />This new billiard/pool simulation game from DigYs has all the features needed for very realistic play:<br /><br /> Various games, including 8Ball, 9Ball and Practice games <br /> True ball rotations<br /> Ball direction hint <br /> Ball spinning control, for true "english" on shots<br /> Cue raise/lower control <br /> Precise cue adjustment control <br /> True physics <br /> Realistic sound <br /> AI opponent with 3 difficulty levels<br /> Auto-save option<br /> Statistics of played games<br /><br />This is just the kind of game I really enjoy, because of the attention that's been given to detail. You can choose the angle of each shot, how hard you strike the ball and how much spin you put on the ball. About the only thing you can't do is chalk up your cue. There's a free demo available and you can get the full version for $19.95 from <a href="http://www.handango.com/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?siteId=311&platformId=2&productType=2&catalog=0&amp;sectionId=0&productId=64325">Handango</a>.

MikeB
04-12-2003, 12:30 PM
I'm just glad they didn't name it "Pocket Pool" :D

Mike B.

Jacob
04-12-2003, 03:33 PM
I got the email from Handango advertising this one. I am seriously looking into getting this one.

CharlesWilcox
04-12-2003, 05:16 PM
I got it last week and it has been difficult to put it down. The only thing they could have done is offer a choice of views (like ZioGolf). It is top down only. All in all, it is a very well put together game with great attention to detail.

Jonathon Watkins
04-12-2003, 05:30 PM
Nice - I do like a well-put-together game. One to download I think.

huangzhinong
04-12-2003, 07:51 PM
I still miss the pool game in Palm OS. Two people can play together via infrared. Why don't they add this feather? Up to now, I didn't find any game which can let a few people play together via infrared.

Jeff Rutledge
04-12-2003, 10:39 PM
I'm just glad they didn't name it "Pocket Pool" :D

Mike B.

:rofl:

Hilarious. I wasn't expecting that one. Too funny!

DaleReeck
04-13-2003, 04:05 AM
I was looking for a replacement for Pocket Hustler, a game that apparently it's makers would not udate to work on newer XScale devices or even answer their email :(

This looks like a possibility :)

Brad Adrian
04-13-2003, 04:07 AM
I'm just glad they didn't name it "Pocket Pool"
Yes, I thought of that and decided to pass on it!

Brad Adrian
04-13-2003, 04:11 AM
I've spent even more time playing with this tonight, waiting for my wife to return from work. It's very fun to play, very realistic, and very intuitive. I think the only suggested changes I would make are:

Make it more obvious whether you're "solids" or "stripes" once that first ball has been sunk.
Make the distinction between solid and striped balls more obvious, without having to turn on the number designations.
Include a zoom or half-table view.

These are really small things, though.

CharlesWilcox
04-13-2003, 05:02 AM
I just found a small glitch. In 9-ball, if the computer scratches on the 9, the cue ball is brought back to the table and you see the designation that you have "ball-in-hand", but the 9 isn't brought back to the table. You're left with no choice but to start a new game. No big deal, but... :roll: :lol:

Thanks for the great review, Brad. I agree about the stripes/solids, but I like 9-ball.

&lt;Mustering gravelliest voice possible> Nine ball's a lucky man's game.

Brad Adrian
04-13-2003, 05:06 AM
...but I like 9-ball...
I need to play that version a bit more, because I'm not nearly as familiar with it as I am with 8-ball. Good catch on that glitch.

Zagleft1
04-14-2003, 05:09 AM
Me, I'm still mourning the loss of Pocket Hustler as well. This is ok, but pales in comparison. PH is the only reason I keep recharging my old HP 545.

Jacob
04-14-2003, 07:38 PM
I've spent even more time playing with this tonight, waiting for my wife to return from work. It's very fun to play, very realistic, and very intuitive. I think the only suggested changes I would make are:

Make it more obvious whether you're "solids" or "stripes" once that first ball has been sunk.
Make the distinction between solid and striped balls more obvious, without having to turn on the number designations.
Include a zoom or half-table view.

These are really small things, though.

I completely agree - especially making sure the balls on the table are shown to be stripes or solids. Maybe a toggle like they have to show the numbers?
I sunk a number of my opponent's balls just because I couldn't tell :(

heyday
04-16-2003, 11:55 PM
How the heck do you call the pocket for the 8 ball? It is no where in the help. Anyone figure it out?

I also have a hard time telling the solids from the stripes.....

heyday

Jacob
04-16-2003, 11:57 PM
You can just tap on the pocket and the red arrow will go to that pocket.

heyday
04-16-2003, 11:59 PM
I'm pretty sure I tried that.... that being the first thing I tried....but let me play a quick game and try it again. Maybe I goofed cause I couldn't tell the stripes from solids.... :cry: