Pool Hall Pro Review
Pool Hall Pro box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Icon Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: PlayLogic 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 9, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Other aspects of the presentation don’t fare as well, unfortunately. Once you hit a ball, the camera can be quite herky-jerky as it tries to follow the action. The cheesy, lifeless blues-rock music grates in a hurry, and while you can customize a character and his “crib,” the other people shown here don’t have much in the way of personality. The various venues (bars, etc.) lack detail and seem a bit sterile. For most casual players, pool goes hand-in-hand with raucous rock ’n’ roll tunes, friendship, beer, and cigarette smoke, so it’s a shame that a game so well-done in other ways could fail to evoke this atmosphere. The minor typographical errors prevalent in the text, including backwards quotation marks (one character’s nickname is presented as ”Wirlwind”), are a more minor problem.

Pool Hall Pro screenshot

For those who were disappointed by Wii Play’s lack of billiards options, Pool Hall Pro offers loads of possibility. There’s a career mode where you enter tournaments, an arcade mode where you face a series of foes, a simple exhibition option, and multiplayer. The games on offer are U.S. 8-ball, U.K. 8-ball, 6-ball, 9-ball, 10-ball, 15-ball, pub, Snooker, 6-ball Snooker, 10-ball Snooker, and basic pocket billiards. It’s a great variety for those familiar with pool, and a great way for newcomers to learn the ropes of games they’ve never heard of.

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Overall, this is a decent game; it has a lot of positive qualities and options galore, and while there are quite a few flaws, none ruin the whole experience. Video game pool will probably never be quite as fun as the real deal, and future games will hopefully get closer than Pool Hall Pro does, but for now, it’s a reasonable approximation at a reasonable cost. Given the mounds of shovelware that various developers and publishers have heaped on the Wii lately, we’re happy with that.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
On the pool table itself, they’re fine, but the surrounding people and places look drab.
4.7
Control
A very usable scheme.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
A mixed bag. The music is awful, but the sound effects are very realistic.
3.8

Play Value
Most people won’t get addicted, but it’s fun to play alone or with friends, and there are tons of options.

3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Six game modes: arcade, tournament, multiplayer, exhibition, world tour, and practice.
  • Eleven game varieties.
  • Fully customizable characters.
  • Earn collectibles to pimp out your crib.
  • Simple control scheme.
  • Four A.I. difficulty levels: rookie, amateur, pro, champion.


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