“ Manufacturer: Zoo Digital / Genre: Sports / Release Date: 2005 „
"Killer 3D Pool" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by Zoo Digital Publishing. It is a sports title with billiards being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
Killer 3D Pool is a game which was stripped down to the bare essentials. There is no tournament mode, career, statistics or any "additional" features. Players of this title simply choose a mode which they wish to compete in from 8-Ball Pool, 9-Ball Pool and "Killer" mode. The Killer mode features 15 identical balls on the table and it is the player's objective to pocket one ball each turn. Should the player fail to pocket a ball then this would incur a foul and the player has up to eight foul shots per round before being disqualified. The difficulty in this title is very high. Computer opponents were programmed as being nearly unbeatable and will pocket shots approximately every one out of three shots.
The graphics are presented from an isometric perspective which focuses on the player's cue. The image will rotate frequently though the white cue ball will always remain as the focal point. A small dotted line will project from the ball to suggest where the ball will roll at set strengths of hit. The pool table is traditionally designed with a green base and brown surroundings. The soundtrack is confined to simple striking sounds and ball movement.
Overall, Killer 3D Pool is a game I would be hesitant about recommending to prospective buyers. It is a very difficult challenge and would test even the best of virtual sharks. I do enjoy playing this title but do find the higher difficulty setting to be incredibly frustrating at times.
I bought Killer 3D Pool for my Gameboy Advance as I am a big fan of pool, thought this would be good to kill a few hours on the commute to work and it was very cheap (£9.99).
Once I started playing the game I really wished I could have got my money back. This has to be one of the worst video games I have ever had the 'pleasure' of playing. The CPU characters are almost unbeatable, I think I managed to beat them a handful of times in the two or three months I played it. I often found myself getting 6 or 7 balled in games against the computer.
The controls are terrible and almost unpredictable. You spend time painstakingly setting your cue position and shot strength only for the cue ball to cannon wildly off in another direction. All this even with the fact that the game provides you with a feint line which shows the direction the ball should take. Good stuff.
There are four different variations of pool available on this: English 8 Ball, US 8 Ball, US 9 Ball and Killer. There are all equally poor.
I was so embarassed by this game that I never tried to play it as a multiplayer (it's turn based so you only need one gameboy and one game disk) but the option is there if you want it. Which you probably won't though.
There are some really great pool games that are available online so the fact that a game that is on sale and is dedicated to pool is so rubbish is surprising and disappointing.