I notice that there has already been a review on yahoo pool. I also feel that I have the experience of this game to give an in depth review since I have played it on and off for 5-6 years.
How to Play
- To move the cue you can use you mouse and right left click the cue and hold until the direction wanted is chosen.
- To aim there is a line that will show the direction that the cue ball will travel; yahoo has tried to incorporate some kind of realism in the way that it is harder to make a long shot then a short shot. This is done by giving no line that the cue ball will travel after impact.
- To use spin, there is a cue ball in the top right corner of the window, click the cue ball in which ever area you wish to strike the ball to allow for the desired spin.
- To move the cue you can use you mouse and right click hold the cue and drag back to desired power then release. Alternatively you can use your keyboard and set the desired power by using the arrows.
That's all there really is to it, it is one of the simplest virtual games around, but I can promise it is addicting.
To get started you will need to create a yahoo account, this is extremely easy, just go to www.yahoo.com and sign up. Once signed up click games then scroll down until you find pool. There will be many rooms to choose from each have there varying degrees of popularity, I would advise joining a social room (the rooms are put into 4 categories social, beginner, intermediate and advanced) this is where a lot of people go to not only play beginner pool but also go to have a chat with friends they may have made.
As I said in my introduction I have been playing pool for 5/6 years now, sometimes I do look back and think I have wasted a lot of my life playing this game, but in theory have I? Because I have enjoyed every minute of it. I used to go online to chat to a few of my friends.
Since I have played for so long I am now probably one of the better players on the game, and it is surprising how heated some tournaments that are available to play in can get. There is generally a league in every room where you can sign up and play tournaments against each other to prove who the best is. Once you get good enough to compete at this level it may be time to move up a notch, the next step is representing your league in what is known as an interleague.
Interleagues are where leagues compete against each other, reputation is a big thing in the yahoo world and if you win one of these competitions, then your league becomes sort after and people will join. When playing at this level, players tend to get quite competitive and will do anything to win (including cheating).
There is a brief review of Ypool, if anyone is interested in playing then don't hesitate to send me a message and I can direct you to the right places.
Before you start playing these games you need a yahoo account, if you don't have one already. When you do have one, you should try the games section because there are some of the best on the web. They tend to focus on classic board games like chess and monopoly rather than flashy shooting games that websites such as miniclip specialise in. This means that they are quick to load because they are less of a strain on the computer due to the lower graphics they require. There are many games you can play against people online, and generally there are plenty of people to play against, but you will find that sometimes the lobbies seem deserted. There are also chances to win money, but I have never tried to, so I cannot say if you have a decent chance or what you have to do in order to be eligible.
Yahoo games and what it offers.
I have played online games for seemingly ages, and tried Pogo Games, Yahoo and MSN games, but always came back to Yahoo. I'm not sure what it is, but it seems to me that what Yahoo offer the customer is so much choice. Either to feel sociable and can join in with games with others online, or perhaps want to hide behind a quiet game on your own, and Yahoo manage to offer a great selection and one that is tempting enough to keep going back there.
In order to play games on Yahoo you need a yahoo identification, though filling out the form is pretty straightforward and you chose a user name that you can log into at any time you like. It costs nothing and I have found is certainly worthwhile.
Looking through what they have.
Here, there is a wide variety of downloadable games, but I don't want downloads often. What I do want is games to pass time and usually chose Literati, which is a kind of scrabble, though very American in nature, Chess, which is traditional, or Snooker. The snooker is quite a laugh and a bit hit and miss if you will excuse the pun. I usually miss the balls, or hit the white one down the hole, but I am getting better.
There is a huge selection here, and you get to see screenshots and a small write up to explain what the game is all about. The downloads are pretty swift, and they offer you a limited playing period where you can try the game out and decide if it's right for you, before spending the money. The prices of games are pretty reasonable and I have bought several, though many have just not been my cup of tea. What's neat about the games is that if you don't like them, you can quickly uninstall them without hassle, since they all include an uninstall.
Top arcade games, staff picks and Video games all give you the option of browsing through what's new, and here I do spend rather a lot of time seeing what is available, and am pleasantly surprised at the low prices.
Looking around the site comes up with interesting games and it doesn't matter what time of day you log in. There will always be rooms full of people that want a game if you fancy interaction with people from all over the world. Backgammon is great as a two player online game, and most players are pretty serious. Chess players seem to be hyper serious, although there are non competition games where you can go and play. It always amuses me that I appear on the picture of the chess room like a small boy, but I don't have identity problems !
Whatever kind of games you fancy, Yahoo has it. Puzzles, wordgames, video games, multi player games, are all part of the Yahoo experience, and if you fancy a laugh you can get a group of you together and play team games in Literati, which I do frequently.
Overall I would say the site offers more than Pogo games, is always busy, and always has a good changeover of games to suit all the family. I have never had problems downloading games, and have always run a security program after downloads and have found it a very safe place to download games.
On the darker side
If you have children that want to play online games, it's probably best not to encourage them to play the games with strangers, since many can be rude and as there is a chatbox at the bottom of games, children can be approached in an unsavory manner, although the single player games, and downloads get around this very well indeed in offering choice.
As a site, it offers a lot to all age ranges and even has the traditional old games like card games, dominoes and poker. A whole world of games waits out there, and once you get there, you won't want to come out.
See you there.
Everyone has heard of Yahoo... well, just about everyone surely? But have you ever stopped by and played one of the many Yahoo games that are available online? No? Well maybe it's time you paid them a visit! The games section of Yahoo can be accessed easily, either by going to Yahoo's homepage (www.yahoo.com) and clicking on the Games link, or by going straight to http://games.yahoo.com/ In order to play any of the games on Yahoo, you do need to have a Yahoo login - this is easy to set up and will only take you a few minutes if you don't already have one - the hardest part is probably trying to come up with a username that isn't already taken! The Games Homepage: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Yahoo Games homepage can look a bit daunting at first - it's divided up into a variety of sections that currently include headings such as 'Inside Games', 'Today's Featured Game', 'Card Games', 'Word Games', and 'Board and Tile Games'. Under the headings of categories that include games you can play online you will see a list of all the game titles, and, next to these you can see a number in brackets... for example under Card Games you will see 'Blackjack' listed, and next to it there may be the number 505 in brackets - this number indicates the number of people currently online and playing this game. For some of the more popular games it's not unusual to see 3,000 or more people online playing them all at once! To Play a Game: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From the vast selection of games listed on the Games homepage all you need to do to play one is click on that game title. If you've not already logged in before clicking on the title the first thing you'll be asked to do is enter your username and password in order to log in to Yahoo. From there you'll be taken to that particular game's homepage. The homepag
e for each game typically follows a similar layout. For many of the games there are leagues set up that you can join and take part in special league matches, (however, you don't need to play in a league). If there is a league for the particular game you're about to play there'll be links and information about how to sign up for that league on the individual game's homepage, normally near the top. You'll often find a 'Quick Start' button at the top of the homepage somewhere - this takes you straight into a 'room' (more about rooms in a minute) where you pick a game to join. Under the Quick Start option you'll normally find a list of rooms. Rooms are given names that appropriate to the types of people who (probably) use them - for example, in many games you'll find a few 'social' rooms, 'beginner' rooms, 'intermediate' rooms and 'advanced' rooms. Next to each room name it will let you know how many people are already in that room. This is useful as you're more likely to find a game to join or people to play against in a busier room. If you're new to a game it's always an idea to start off in a beginner room where you're more likely to be playing against people of a similar standard. If you like a challenge and think you're good enough you can go for the advanced rooms, though, if you're not really that bothered a social room is always a good option as you get players of a variety of abilities. For games that are bit more 'luck' based, such as card games, you often are just presented with a list of 'global rooms'. Ok - so, you've chosen which room you want to join... You click on the room and are taken inside it. The window you'll see will show you games currently in progress and shows you where there are spaces for you to join a game. You don't have to join someone elses game though, you also have the option
to set up your own game and get people to join you. Once you're there that's it! You're ready to start playing. Other Features: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yahoo games has a whole variety of features, far too many to cover individually, but perhaps two of the most useful are as follows: Whilst playing most of the online games at Yahoo, you have the ability to chat to your opponents. At the bottom of the gaming screen is a small chat window where you can type to instantly send messages to whoever you're playing against. You obviously don't have to engage in deep conversation with your opponent, but it's friendly to say hello when you start and something along the lines of 'good game' when you finish. (Chat isn't available in some of the individual player arcade games). For the majority of games played on Yahoo you also get a rating - this helps you to follow your own progress at the game and helps others to see whether you're of a similar standard before playing against you (and vice versa) - for games such as word games for example, your rating increases each time you win a game against someone with a higher rating than yourself, therefore to improve your game and your rating you will benefit from playing against people with slightly higher ratings than yourself. For card games you generally place bets using virtual money from Yahoo - the amount of money you have can also be a reflection of your standard at a particular game (note - you can have minus figures in your balance!!) Examples of Games: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are plenty of different games to choose from - a selection of which include: * Blackjack - a typical game of pontoon * Wordracer - very similar to the board game boggle - you have to make words from a grid of random letters and score points according to the number and length of words you make. * Literati - the Yahoo equivalent
of Scrabble * Bingo - erm... bingo! * Yahoo Towers - a fast paced game kind of like Tetris in the fact that blocks fall from the top of your screen and you have to position them in way so that colours match up to make them disappear, however, you also have opponents therefore there's also an element of skill involved in getting hold of certain 'weapons' that make your opponents game more difficult. * Hold'em Poker - a version of poker * Gem Drop - very similar to that game 'Columns' that used to be available on the Sega Megadrive! The idea is to create clusters of three or more gems to make them disappear. Kind of tetris-like in game style. To Conclude: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This opinion has just included a small part of what Yahoo games has to offer. If you are at all interested in any type of game then there's something you'll like on Yahoo Games. I personally find many of the Word Games very addictive. If you have friends online you can quite easily arrange to 'meet them' in a particular room to play a game against them. All of the games tend to load quickly, even on older computers. Occasionally you'll experience a problem with Yahoo servers that kind of disconnect you from your game, but this is very infrequent (although very frustrating!). If you're yet to experience a Yahoo game, then I would definitely recommend you take a look - but be warned that you can soon lose an hour or two! Overall rating - 4 stars
Yahoo pool consists of, um now lets see, around 200 rooms????? Each room can handle quite a lot of people!! Around 100 regular pool users, and then they have the capacity to hold the extra’s, who use the backdoors into the pool rooms. People who use the backdoors are usually members of a league, I myself am part of the FreakyPoolers League, a league which operates out of the Alien room, which is usually packed to bursting and this is when the backdoor comes in useful!!!! Be in a Position To Play Pool First of all, you need a yahoo ID, takes about 3 minutes to create, just like your msn’s and your AOL’s. once you have this ID you go to yahoo games, and click on pool, enter your new ID and password. It will bring you to a game room page, which lists all the rooms currently running under yahoo control, now out of the 200+ rooms that exist, maybe 20-50 will be open, this means that they are the ones which have not reached their capacity and are allowing more entry to fill up. When you Click on one of the open rooms, a new screen will appear, this is the room!!!! Do not think it is a dumb pop-up you need this window!!!!!! So Your in The Room Within the room window, first of all you have a list of all the people, identified by their yahoo ID, there is also a list of tables, the ones that are open, or only have 1 player are at the top of this list, it refreshes and updates every few seconds, to join an open game, simply click ‘Join’ in this area, on the table you would like to join. Also on the room screen is the lobby, the lobby is basically like any other chat room, you can talk to people and so-on, however do not use CAPITAL LETTERS, capital letters are reserved for the league administrators to announce tournaments which they are holding. Play Pool As I said, to join an open table you click ‘join’ on the table that you would like to play at. There are 2 different s
ettings you have to be aware of. When u first sign up, you have an automatic rating, its 1200, playing rated games will either boost or decrease this rating, depending, obviously, on whether you win or lose. So our first setting is a rated or unrated game. The second is a timed game, timed games can range from 5seconds per shot (really stupid, you have no time to get a decent shot off) and a lot of time!!! Basically. So you have picked a table without a stupid time limit, and whether rated or not is a personal preference. So ANOTHER screen appears, again DO NOT EXIT, this is the actual table where you will be playing!!!!!!!! So you join the table, you sit down, by clicking the open sit tab at the top of the table window, then you hit start, the balls appear all ready and racked and the cue ball is on the table. To move the cue ball you simply click and hold the left mouse button on the cue ball, and move it to where ever you so choose. As you will see when it gets to your turn, protruding from the cue tip is a line, this is for aiming purposes. To move the cue around the cueball you left mouse click on the cue and drag the cue to where you want it to go. Now the line protruding form the cue goes where the cue goes, so aim the cue / cueball, to hit a ball, the line hits the ball, and then shows you where that ball will go when struck by that alignment, however this aiming device doesn’t have very much distance, so its useful up close but its on you to get the long shots!!!! To the left of the actually table is a white ball, this is for spin, just move the cursor around the ball to give the cue ball the desired spin. And away you go, once either you or your opponent pots, the balls which you have to pot (striped or solids) show next to your name, so now your set. If you play a rated game your rating changes automatically as you win or lose. Now within most rooms are leagues, like I said I belong to the f
reakypoolers league in ALIEN, to become a member simply go into the main room, and ask if there is a league operating within that room, if there is then they will give you directions to sign up, as they differ through each league. Once part of a league, you continue to gain lose rating points through winning and losing, but you are now able to take part in league games (lg) and for each lg game you win or lose, your rating changes accordingly, and you move up and down that particular league ladder. You can also enter tournaments for BUX, obviously they mean diddly squat in real life, but they are what enable you to enter the tournaments. I like to play pool at night, to relax basically, and if you get into a decent league, or room, you usually have some decent games, if you do get into a league you will notice that some people don’t actually have lives, and they sit there all day everyday playing pool in the same room!!!! But its fun, its something better than sitting looking at dumb stuff online or infront of the squark box
I cannot stop playing Word Racer! I discovered it after playing chess with one of my mates when I got sick of losing to him. WR is fast paced, which means there isn't time for the annoying kids online to bug you with idle chit chat. However, if you are looking for slower games, and a chance to chat to a mate on the other side of the globe, then there are plenty of other games. There is a points system where you accummulate a score which shows other players (and yourself) how good you are. Then you can pick who to play with depending on their and your skill level. I have discovered one downside if you are on a network, it can give you a disadvantage against other players with faster connections. (It also doesn't work at my uni anymore which is dissapointing. There are busy periods too, but luckily for us it is in the middle of our nighttime as it attracts lots of American players.
Think your awesome at chess or a dab hand at poker??? Then visit Yahoo! Yahoo games is fun for all. Its so easy to start playing. All you do is sign up to yahoo and they give you a username and password. Then you login and click on the game you want to play and hey presto your playing chess or backgammon or something!!! The site is set out clearly and efficiently. There are always people to play against and loads of competition.
I love this idea - a free way to get uyour backside kicked at a game you thought you were OK at! I used to play chess and backgammon for a team at school (and no I dont mean a chess club where they wear tweed sweaters and hornrimmed glasses!!) and I beat all the competition, then I found this - and boy has it changed my views!! I played a few games (under the alias of brummieinburnley) and lost most! :( But i persevered and then it fell out of favour - mainly due to the fact that I used to sit up for hours playing! If you like chess or cards and want a new chalenge then pay this site a visit, its well worth it - and remeber - you are not good at a game untill you can consistently win on Yahoo!
When I first went online I got into Yahoo Games in a big way. I loved the fact that I could play backgammon with someone at 3am if I chose. The only problem is that people do tend to want to chat after a while. I'm sorry to say that most of my male opponents were happy enough being beaten by me until they discovered they were playing against a female! Within no time at all they would make their excuses and leave the game table. Some didn't even bother to do that. Anyway, I digress. The main point is that whilst initially the ability to play a game online with real live opponents was fun, I soon discovered plenty of other, (free) websites that actually were prepared to reward me for having fun. In conclusion I would say that this site is ideal for the uninitiated to start with, but remember there is plenty more where that came from in the good old World Wide Web!
If you are into chess, backgammon, checkers or just about any card game and have no friends to play with then this is the best stop for you. They have all of these games with, normally about 1000 people playing each game at any one time (not all in the game!). You can make or join a game chat to your opponents and there is even a ranking system. This is a very usful sites for enthuists and bored people like me!
I really enjoy playing cards especially gin rummy , it is impossible to play cards on your own , well apart from patience . Recently my friend told me about card games on the internet . He looked it up for me and sure enough you can play gin rummy with others live on the internet . That was 3 weeks ago and in that time i've played over 300 games i absoultely hooked !!! Each time you play a game you can be rated , given a score depending on your performance in the game or you can just play for fun . Each player is given a colour according to their standard so you you can tell if a person is really good or not before you play them !!!! All you need to do is go to yahoo.com ans seach for card games or Gin Rummy you then chose a user name and password and get playing !!! Good Luck !!!