Pool Shark (also known as Actua Pool) offers a large number of variations on standard pool to choose from, including 3 ball, 9 ball and 10 ball. Likewise there are numerous AI opponents, including two Australians, Wipeout (an unemployed surfer) and Boom Bruce (whose nickname is the white aborigine), both of whom you meet in the Croc Shack bar, Drongo Beach. The biggest contributing factor to the success of the game is the ball physics. Earlier attempts in this genre were dodgy, but Pool Shark does a good job.
You aim your shot, choose where to strike the cue ball and the angle of the cue (so as to apply English), then select the power of the shot using a meter, just like in golf sims. So long as you aim correctly and choose the right strength, you’ll pot the ball. Extra features dot this sim, like the addition of trick shots, tournaments, or ‘tutorial’ games where you’re guided through difficult shots to sharpen your skills.
System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 4 MB RAM, Win95
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