iPad World Championship Pool 2009

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  1. Carlos-Sz

    Carlos-Sz Well-Known Member

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    #1 Carlos-Sz, Dec 2, 2008
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    Well, I'm kind of trying most of the Pool games (yes, I should get a life, pick one and go on...). :)

    Rebel Pool was one of the top view that sounds perfect but its aiming (tho better in the update) and size ball size are not good.

    Virtual Pool is very solid. It's one of the Pool games that is still on my iPhone. It needs a better interface, a more alike iPhone one rather than the PC port. It may even need graphic improvements here and there like a better "pocket" ball animation. But it's a real good simulation.

    This week World Championship Pool 2009 was released showing unique graphics and different control.

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    As an "almost" rule in iTunes Store the screenshot is not even close to the in game graphics.

    WCP has excellent graphics and the best pool balls I've ever seen in an iPhone 3D Pool game. The balls are not probably really 3D but the final result is really, really nice.

    The control. You move your finger to set the direction. It's not hard (unless in top view). To add spin and so on you tap a ball in the toolbar and just pick the kind of spin you'd like to accomplish. You can't fine tune it. It may be a lay down for some hard core Pool games but it kind of accelerates the process. To shot you also use your finger (like Virtual Pool) but a power bar shows the strength which is very handy, making the shot system itself one of the best.

    Camera. That's an interesting thing. The first time I saw it in action I get confused but after playing a bit I've found that it delivers an extra "emotion" touch to the game. When you're about to pocket a ball the camera follows it until the ball is pocketed. It's nice.

    Aiming guides. See the destination guide line makes the game easier. Maybe too much easy. That's a feature they should add: select the aim style: none, ball and ball+destination. That's one of the biggest game flaw I've found after playing some rounds.

    Quick game is always nice to have but it'd be better if statistics were there too. This simple winnings/losses gives to any "Quick" mode of any game on Earth more replayability. C'mon developers!

    Along with Quick there are Career and Arcade modes.

    Just in time: sounds are as great as the graphics. Perfect!

    Priced $4.99 it may be a perfect game with statistics and aiming options. But hey, that's just the first version.

    If you're more than happy with VP and don't have money to spend I'd say stick with it and wait for an update. If you like to experience different graphics and even gameplay then you should check it. Again, the balls are amazing (even if it's a 2D trick).
     
  2. ericxd

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    midnight pool is the best i'd say
     
  3. Carlos-Sz

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    Have you played WCP?

    Midnight Pool is nice but can't be compared with VP IMO.

    MP is fun for awhile but not if you'd like to play serious Pool.
     
  4. Mr. Charley

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    I'm more than satisfied with Virtual Pool, especially at the bargain-basement price of $.99

    Can't compete with that. Sure, could use some pocket animations but other than that, it's fantastic
     
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    Midnight pool blows compared to VP. I'll check this one out and see if we have a new contender.
     
  6. Carlos-Sz

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    It's just a matter of taste. So, no discussion. :)
     
  7. salsamd

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    Carlos, I think Nickels supports your preference...
     
  8. Thanks for your review Carlos. I am on the fence with this. I agree regarding VP- although it plays great (my favourite so far), it's UI leaves a lot to be desired. However, I looked at this games screenshots and was put off straight away. They are so compressed they look awful. Then you say the balls aren't 3D objects- do the numbers rotate as the balls move? If so, how smoothly?
    I could at least do with seeing some PROPER screenshots of this game before I shell out £3. With the ones in the app store, it makes you wonder if the developers actually want to sell their game.
     
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    I said 2D because the balls look too great to be true 3D and because you have that "antialiasing feeling" when you look at them. The numbers rotate. Here's a screenshot I took just to show you the ball:

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    It looks great in that screenshot.

    Once VP gets multiplayer it will be untouchable. I imagine they'll work on the details after that point, like the balls going into the pockets and the UI.
     
  11. Thanks. That's certainly a lot better quality than the screenshots in the app store! The graphics seem to have their own distinctive style don't they?
    How do the balls behave? Do they move at a realistic pace (unlike Midnight Pool)?
     
  12. Carlos-Sz

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    I'm not a hard core gamer but I like the WCP physics. I've already thrown a ball out of the table.

    It's not a VP killer IMO but it has its qualities and it's just the first game version (unlike VP).
     
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    Are you saying you hit a ball and it flew off the table?
    Can you lift the stick to do trick shots like hard curves around balls and jump shots?
     
  14. Carlos-Sz

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    Yes, it's possible. There's an explicit "jump" area in the "spin" ball (the interface to adjust spin). And the jumping effect is well done too.

    In my case I didn't want to jump, it was like a real Pool when you use too much power for a ball too near the border.

    As I said this game has some qualities. :)
     
  15. ericxd

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    lol i really dont care
    Midnight Pool is the game for me
     
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    I played midnight pool for a little while longer to see if it would grow on me more. Nope. The ball physics aren't great, the locked camera is not good for lining up a shot, once you have ball in hand a put the cue ball down you can't move it again, the ball movement is not at all realistic - they go 100 miles an hour then stop too fast.

    It does have some pros: great animations, change the cue angle, lag for break, player reactions.

    However, at the end of the day, VP is a much more solid pool sim.
     
  17. #17 VirtualPool, Dec 3, 2008
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    ....and you would be correct on all points. :)
    I do like the balls in that screenshot. Maybe we need to increase the LOD in the current version, it seems the iPhone can handle the extra polys. We will continue to add things... and those big thick aim lines in WCP look nice as well (ie; expect to see that soon as well).
     
  18. Carlos-Sz

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    Are you the PC VP developer as well?

    I remember that VP was the first sport game to impress me mainly because the balls were just perfect. It was a long, long time ago.

    If you can easily increase the ball definition that'll be awesome!

    As I said WCP balls are impressive and it's nice to play with such details.

    By the way, please consider to add statistics in Quick Play mode.
     
  19. Same company, but I am not currently working on the PC version.
    I'll bump up the LOD for the balls and see what performance impact it has.
    We will be adding statistics, the first of which you will see in online play. Statistics, records, challenge ladders, online tourneys etc is where most of the development will go in the next year.
     
  20. jwbrent

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    OK Carlos, based on your recommendation, I just downloaded this game after first buying Pool and then Virtual Pool. I agree on the aiming; the next update should give you the option to turn off the aiming line.

    I'm a huge pool fan, have a 7' Olhausen in my house, so I don't mind I've now spent $14 for these games. Virtual Pool is very good but it looks dated. This game looks more polished but why do they have to add 2009 to the title?
     

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