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Archer Maclean’s Pool, Atari ST

Following on from Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker, Archer Maclean’s Pool was published in 1992 by Virgin Games. It was of course designed and programmed by Archer MacLean.

And, because pool is much more simple to play than snooker, and because this game uses the same engine as the previous game, Pool is arguably more immediately playable and more fun overall than its predecessor.

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Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker, Amiga

Programmed and designed by Archer MacLean and published by Virgin Games in 1991, Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker was one of the first ever billiards simulations to use 3D graphics to represent the table, and it worked very well.

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Championship Pool, Super Nintendo

Bitmasters1993 title Championship Pool for the SNES is – I think – arguably the best pool game of all time. On any system.

Championship Pool dispenses with flashy visuals and 3D graphics, and gives you a set of limited viewpoints and solid physics, and delivers an almost perfect game. Under any type of rules, including (in the European version) English pub rules.

The feel of the weight of the balls as you hit them is fantastic. You can make subtle shots, and whomping hard-hitters, with aplomb, and Championship Pool allows bold, risky play because the on-screen visual aids make judging shots easier (than playing in real life).

Yes, the graphics are a bit rubbish in places, and – yes – the music can get on your tits after a bit (especially if you don’t like blues, but thankfully it can be switched off), but Championship Pool really delivers where it matters.

I can’t think of a better pool game, and I’ve played most of them. If you know of a better pool game: please let me know. And if you love pool, and haven’t played Championship Pool, then you’d be well advised to check it out.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Championship_Pool