Pure Pool does precisely what it says on the tin. It’s a pool recreation via and thru, and a darn good one at that. Developer VooFoo Studios has properly restrained from flooding Pure Pool with wacky thrives and overblown physics, as an alternative specializing in delivering an expertise that’s as near the actual deal as you’re prone to get. It’s been on different platforms for a couple of years now, however should you’re a pool fan, Pure Pool’s launch on Swap should still be price keeping track of.
The sport’s predominant draw is its Profession mode; right here, you’ll go towards a lot of AI opponents in a form of tournament-style structure. You may participate in 8-ball, 9-ball, and Snooker occasions, every of which is cut up into Beginner, Professional, and Grasp difficulties. Other than the principle occasions, you’ll even have extra challenges to participate in, our favorite of which is Killer: you and an opponent will take turns on the desk, every beginning with 3 lives. If you happen to miss, you lose a life, and should you sink a couple of ball directly, you acquire a life. It’s a easy premise that’s surprisingly partaking in observe. We may have accomplished with a couple of extra distinctive challenges, however the handful obtainable are enjoyable sufficient.
The gameplay itself is fairly easy, notably should you’ve performed this sort of recreation earlier than. You merely transfer the digital camera round to purpose your cue in whichever route you see match. Pulling backwards and forwards on the proper analogue stick executes your shot, with a sooner movement equating to a extra highly effective shot. Including spin to the ball can also be actually easy, and is very often the important thing to successful matches. Very similar to chess, you’ll have to assume a number of steps forward, mentally enjoying out the place you assume the white ball will find yourself when you’ve taken your shot. There’s a tutorial that will help you familiarize yourself with the mechanics, however the no-frills method right here means it received’t take you lengthy to grasp the fundamentals.
The stripped-back gameplay is consistent with the remainder of the sport, and the expertise positively advantages from this. The menus are fundamental, however extremely straightforward to navigate because of this. Even the visuals, that are crisp and surprisingly reasonable, are restricted to the necessities; there aren’t any flashy cutscenes, no over-the-top celebratory sequences. It’s simply you and the desk. We did, nonetheless, love how the digital camera pans via the inside of the social membership whenever you select to play a recreation of snooker. We’ve little question that is to masks an in any other case static loading display, nevertheless it’s a stunning little contact.
If you happen to take pleasure in a recreation of pool every so often, you then’re going to like Pure Pool. It’s simply pool, nothing extra and nothing much less. Properly okay, there’s snooker too, should you completely have to have extra. There’s loads to be getting on with right here, with unlockable cues, desk designs, and extra to maintain you coming again, and whereas it’s not precisely the form of recreation you’ll wish to marathon, it’s positively one to maintain saved within the library for a wet day.