The new year is fully upon us and work has ramped up back to full speed. At some point during the day, we all need a little break. But you’ve already had 3 cups of coffee and you don’t smoke. Time to draw the shades in your office and give yourself a 15 minute pool break.
Pool? In the office? Yes indeed, with 8 Ball Pool, available on your Apple or Android device. A free online game, you simply log on and the app matches you against another real player. Post an entry fee and off you go. Winning matches gains you experience points and chips, which you can use to level up and get access to different venues. Sound good? Let’s take a closer look.
Starting the game
Developed by Miniclip.com, this app provides exciting, intuitive gameplay with a huge online community. You begin as a Miniclip member, a Facebook user, or as a guest member, which does not require any type of registration. Once you are set up, the game either matches you up with other players online, or you can choose to play other users you know. There is also a “Tournament” option that Miniclip.com is still developing.
Beginning a match
There are 5 levels to the game: Las Vegas, Tokyo, London, Sydney, and Moscow. To play a match, you have to pay an entry fee with the chips in the game. Each subsequent level has a higher fee. If you win a match, you double your entry fee – conversely, you lose chips if you lose a match, but the game will not drop your chip count below 0. You can also purchase chips in-game.
The controls are fairly intuitive, and anyone who has played the online browser version of this game will be well acquainted. To make a shot, you use your finger to adjust the angle of the pool cue. There is also a guide that shows you the resulting trajectory of the cue ball. To shoot, pull back the power meter to adjust the strength of the cue strike.
Each player has 30 seconds to make their shot. If you take longer than 30 seconds, you forfeit your shot and the opponent has the cue ball in hand. The object of the game is to pot all the balls corresponding to your side, either striped or solid, and the 8 ball last.
Miniclip.com has developed a robust community of gamers online, and this app gives you access to that. You gain experience points as you play, and your experience level is posted online for your opponents to see. During gameplay, you can also chat with your opponent.
· Intuitive gameplay
· Simple and easy to begin playing
· Access to online community
· Free (with in-game purchase available)
· Must be online (no single player or multiplayer mode)
· App can occasionally stall while searching for opponent