Snooker has always counted in the category of sophisticated sports. You don’t sweat playing it, you can have your brandy glass right beside you and you can even play it with your cigar in the mouth. Yes, it’s truly a gentlemen’s sport.
Just like the real thing the computerized versions are all about figuring the correct angles, determining the correct amount of spin on the ball and hitting the balls with just enough force to get the right result.
Alex Higgins is definitely among the top names of snooker, right there with Jimmy White or Steve Davis (who’s still active and wishes to remain among top 16 players for his 50th birthday). And when computerized versions of Snooker come out, they usually hold the name of the current world champion in the title, even though most of the games are basically the same.
To play snooker you need to pot a red ball, then select and pot a color and keep it up until you have more points then the opponent. Remember, potting the remaining balls on the table is not always enough, so sometimes you require a snooker (forcing the opponent into making a mistake – missing the ball he’s suppose to hit, hitting the wrong one or potting the white ball).
This games comes in three languages and offers you playing against the computer (with different difficulty settings), or playing against a human opponent in a two player mode. You can also select the number of red balls to start with (the real thing has 15 reds on the table, but you can reduce the number, to make the game shorter). And that’s about it.
You’ll get a top down look at the table, after aiming you get to select the power of the shot, the spin of the ball and then you shoot. The chart above the table keeps statistics (including the highest break) so you might want to practice until you get a reasonable score there.
The game has high quality high, resolution graphics, which run smoothly (although you see nothing but the chart and the table – and the title shot at the end of the game). And well, what can I say, with such a small file you didn’t really expect any music. Ok there’s the opening tune (not much), but you’ll hear the balls crashing into each other.
Play with the numeric part of the keyboard and (5 is fire) and enjoy this snooker classic.