Email RSS Feed Twitter Facebook YouTube
GD Library Error: imagecreatetruecolor does not exist - please contact your webhost and ask them to install the GD library Pure Pool Review (Xbox One) More Images
Site Rating:
User Rating:
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 1.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Pure Pool Review (Xbox One)

Do you remember the glory days of flash internet games? I’m talking before Facebook, before smart phones and before Farmville, where all the games were essentially remakes of classic arcade games. I remember them, and particularly I remember playing a lot of pool games. Even on my first colour screen mobile phone the main game I played was a pool game, though the name of it escapes me. But it has been a while. Fortunately Pure Pool is here to fill the void.

Pure Pool Xbox One screenshot (5)First off the game looks fantastic. From the loading scene moving through the pool hall down to the reflections on the ball and smoothness of the tables surface. A constant ambience of chatter from the bar alongside some lovely background music add to the feeling of the environment. Unfortunately, when you hit the start button and the menu if presented that pleasant feeling is quickly ripped away. The UI is very basic in looks and functionality, but at least you can’t get lost in the menus. There are a few different game modes to choose from here.

Career mode has you challenging opponents on a career tree in either the 8-ball or 9-ball discipline. Each match has three targets for you to achieve and completing each grants you a star. You need so many stars to progress, so sometimes you will be replaying a match to further complete the tasks even if you already beat the opponent. There are a few side games on the career tree which will be a selection from the skill games.

Skill games allow you to practice your shots in different styles. You’ll either be trying to pot all the balls in as quick a time as possible, or successfully pot a ball on each consecutive shot. Other opponent based quick games include killer and accumulator, and while there is no career mode for it you can also play the European style black ball.

Pure Pool has some customisation to it too. You unlock different cues as you progress your experience level, and you can also pick your table surface pattern and colour. There are a bunch of awards you can earn from every game too such as winning while your opponent still has 4 balls on the table, or winning by only potting in the corner pockets, potting 5 in a row, coming back to win from being 4 balls behind, etc. etc. Some of these awards are pretty challenging to say the least, so a lot of work will need to be put in to collect the whole set.

Pure Pool Xbox One screenshot (3)Pure Pool has a very pick up and play nature, to the point where you are actually put straight onto a practise table when you start the game before opening the menu, similar to the arena mode that used to be in FIFA. The “Quick Play” game mode should have you jumping into online games with other players, however I have yet to actually play a game against another human. Pure Pool makes an AI of your play style, similar to how Forza makes a drivatar for you, so if you don’t find any opponents online you can at least play someones AI equivalent. However, I would like to actually play another human at some point…

Pure Pool is a great arcade game that looks better than it deserves to. The physics are flawless, down to the frustrating pocket bouncer shots. The lack of opponents to play online is a bit of a disappointment, especially when you can see by leaderboards that there are plenty of players out there. However, there are plenty of options to get you on the table, and the pick up and play feel is perfect for this type of game.

4 balls knocked off the table out of 5

Pure Pool Review (Xbox One), 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

1 Comment

Leave A Reply
  1. Jon says
    04/25/2015, 3:04 AM

    Opinions vary when it comes to rating games but in this case I think your review is simply misleading. The physics programmed into Pure Pool is in no way ‘flawless’ and this cartoonish effort just isn’t worth 4 stars.

    Take rail shots for example. It isn’t possible on any table manufactured on planet earth to snick the barest edge of an object ball with the white, especially when fully parallel to it and a considerable distance away, and have the thing neatly glide sideways to drop into a pocket. Yet this game presents that as a dependable option – actually the most dependable, seeing that all the computer opponents try that same move over and over again.

    Likewise you can’t flip a cue ball off a table with the ridiculous ease presented here. Deep screw shots are a fundamental part of the game and they’re usually managed without the side-netting this ‘sim’ seems to believe would be necessary if you chose to play them.

    Beyond the physics, however, the worst part of Pure Pool is the AI that, almost unbelievably, is entirely incapable of playing pool. It doesn’t understand that you can plant one ball into another so will ignore those shots in 8 Ball, Killer and (most annoyingly) 9 Ball. It will literally do anything, even foul, rather than just win the game by running the next ball in rotation into the nine, or playing one stripe or spot into another.

    As for snookers – don’t get me started. The level of Artificial Idiocy half-heartedly chucked into this wonky game thinks nothing of running the white off three rails to hit the object ball when snookered (which in and of itself is fine), while managing one shot later to stumble around like someone with brain damage if asked to hit anything sitting plainly half-ball. Instead it once again plays off the rail, fouls or gets stuck in some kind of endless computational loop that requires closing the app’. This becomes particularly annoying when the opponent is tagged as being a ‘master’ player as this level of stupidity would embarrass an amateur.

    Lastly, you mention the ‘pool hall’ setting (it’s actually a bar) and describe the ambience as somehow pleasant. Not once in your review did I notice you mention how eerie it quickly becomes once your attention drifts to those limited animations running endlessly in a loop. For myself, it felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone – like something drawn from a nauseatingly repetitive antechamber somewhere in the pits of hell. Perhaps a place that evil pool players would be sent to if they didn’t understand basic physics, making plants or snookers?

    Nope – this is a lousy game that has shiny graphics but little else.

    I’ve given it 1 star as those graphics are nice. Shame that the other 4 are still awaiting a really good pool sim deserving of the praise.


Leave a Reply

Rate This Item