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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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The Sims Pool Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks has posted a new review of The Sims Pool, one of EA's latest game offerings for Apple's fifth generation iPods. The Sims Pool allows players to create their own Sims and play pool in several modes such as 9-ball, 8-ball, or trick shot mode. Applelinks gave the game a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Using the iPod click wheel to play pool may seem a bit odd at first, but its quite well implemented and therefore pretty easy to get the hang of. You line up your shot by spinning your pool cue around the cue ball with the click wheel. You then click the center button of the iPod to confirm the angle, and this can lead to some trouble; if you don't pull your thumb straight off the click wheel, your angle can easily change a bit. This can get frustrating, but not enough that it screws up the game. Just realign and try again. Lines appear on the screen to let you know the direction the ball you're hitting will go, as well as the rebound of the cue ball (helping you avoid a scratch). If you like, you can shut this feature off.

After the angle is set, you can use the click wheel to put some "english" on the ball. This, of course, determines the amount of spin the cue ball will have. I can't comment either way on the physics of this, as I didn't really utilize it to its full advantage. As with real pool, I'm not good enough to worry about things like english and power and such; it's enough for me to worry about hitting the ball straight. Once you've determined the spin, a traditional sliding power meter appears so you can adjust how hard you hit the cue ball. Hit the center button again and hope for the best.
For the full review follow the link provided below.

Applelinks: The Sims Pool Review

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