Newest Review: ... some games offering nothing more than a stick and a ball to be whacked around a dodgy coloured table. So when I came across funkysnooker.... more
Pot the reds and screw back... for the yellow, green... you know the song
Member Name: blissman70
Advantages: great snooker gaming, quite realistic cueing, all round fun
Disadvantages: As hard to get the hang of as the real game which can be frustrating
It's been a little slow at work recently, it's always the same around the festive period, so I'm not too worried. But with the little lull in front of the PC's it is getting harder and harder to look busy, or at least to stop the boredom as I try and stretch out the last few things I have to sort before the Christmas break.
So whilst surfing the network I have comes across quite a few entertaining web sites, most being free to play, some asking for registration, and others being cheeky enough to ask for payment.
Anyway, I have played on-line pool on many occasions and I have spent many hours searching for a free on-line snooker site which is as close to the real deal as possible, so when I cam across funkysnooker.com I was instantly hooked.
** Funkysnooker.com layout...
When you first click onto the site you are greeted with a mainly green page, mostly covered by an image of a snooker table.
At the top of the page you are given the options of logging in , if you are already a member, or signing up to the site if you're not.
The other information along the top of the main page allows you to check out the sites players ranking, how they are doing in tournaments and more, including a link to playing pool instead of snooker, but that is a totally different review in itself.
Around the image of the table there lies some simple to understand writing, telling you the basics of the site, such as 'completely free to play', 'no download required', 5 sub games to play' and the amount of players currently on line.
Then there is the most important link which allows you to begin playing the game itself.
** To register or not to register, that is the question...?
You can choose to play as a guest by simply clicking on play without registering, although guests are not aloud in certain games and your scores are not registered, so if you get a 147 people will soon forget it was you.
But if you choose to register then your scores and results are remembered and you are entitled to play in most games, as some games require you to have a certain amount of points to play.
** How to register..?
Registering only takes a matter of minutes, you simply come up with a user name and a password, then fill in a few details, such as you name, e-mail address and maybe a few interesting facts about yourself, and you're almost away, the last stage is to click on the link that will be sent to the e-mail address you have given.
Once this link has been confirmed you should be ready to play with the big boys, looking for that elusive 147 maximum break.
Once registered it is then a matter of logging in with your e-mail address and your password....
** The Game options...
Registered or not the chose's are the same...
* Arcade.... With ten reds and the usual colours, the balls look a little on the large size which does make potting them a little easier.
* Regular... With fifteen reds and the usual colours, the balls being slightly smaller than on the arcade table, thus being a little more tricky to pot.
* Original... With fifteen reds and the usual colours, the balls are a lot smaller than arcade and smaller than regular, thus being even trickier to pot.
* Killer.... Which gives you 9 reds and a black, you start with 3 lives and each player takes a turn to pot a ball, if you miss a pot you lose a life, lose three lives and you're out.
Then there re other options such as 'carom', which is a red and yellow and no pockets, the aim is to... well, I'm still not sure about that one.
Then there is 'rack balls' which gives you a chance to practice in different ways and on three different size tables, clicking the link to change your options.
And from the home page you can also choose to play pool instead by clicking on the link, although the registration system is the same as funky snooker.
** HOW TO ACTUALLY PLAY THE GAME..
This is where you realise just how easily a game like this becomes addictive.
The simple instructions are on the screen and involve the use of your mouse, you simply place the white marker where you want the cue ball to go then you gently pull back your mouse, watching the cue slide backwards, then you push your mouse forwards, the speed depending on how fast you want the cue ball to go.
You can control the spin of the cue ball by moving the dot on the large cue ball on the bottom right of the page.
That's all you need to do, pull back and push forwards, all on your mouse, the speed, distance and spin is up to you.
There is a section under the game play table which allows members to 'chat' to each other. It is a simple matter of typing a few words in and pressing enter, (it tells you what to do right there), and you'll be praising your opponent for his break of 79.
** IN CONCLUSION...
If you like snooker then you'll certainly like funky snooker.com as it's probably the closest thing to real snooker without having to have a massive room for the table to fit in.
I have played quite a few snooker games online, some being good, some being something on the lines of diabolical, some games offering nothing more than a stick and a ball to be whacked around a dodgy coloured table. So when I came across funkysnooker.com I was very impressed by its layout and the way the games played as smooth as silk.
When I first started playing on funkysnooker.com I simply practiced for a bit as a guest, just to see what it was like and how real it felt, but the opponents were a little limited. Then, once I started to get the hang of the game I quickly signed up as a member to play against more of the other members.
Then the fun began... almost to the point of addiction in fact.
The way the site offers you a choice of several games options, either ten reds or the normal fifteen, the size of the tables and even the colour is quite brilliant. For me it seemed to give me the chance to practice on the arcade tables, with the bigger balls and move onto the original table, with the smaller balls, getting used to the way the cue balls spins around the table almost like the real thing.
The tables all look great and are actually nice to play on, considering it is a game, giving you a great all round feel to the game, with the spin of the cue ball and the stroke of the cue, almost like the real deal in fact.
When I first started playing I was a little distracted by the few adverts which flashed on the left side of the screen, (the deal or no deal boxes really caught my eye), but after a while, and once i really get into a game, I found that my eyes, and concentration were on the table and not on the adverts.
What more can I say about this brilliant site? Not much really as I believe that you have to experience the game play to understand just how well this site is run and how enjoyable playing online snooker can be.
This has to be one of the best snooker sites I have ever come across for what can be hours of entertainment at a cost of zero pounds and zero pence, gratis, nothing, nought... you get the message.
Give it a try at www.funkysnooker.com and play a few frames, you'll soon be addicted and determined to get that 147 break.
The only downside I have noticed on this site, and it is a small downside, is that a very small number of members can be a little bit rude in the chat box, but if you can just ignore the ignoramus minority then there is no downside at all.
Summary: the easy way to play snooker without the need for a massive living room