Portable Pool on the Gameboy Color, published by Codemasters, with their reputation? It has to be said that Pro Pool is one great game that fits the handheld like a glove. This title manages to capture the essence of the sport right down to the pressure shots. It’s a nerve racking experience when you’ve put a thousand dollars on a game and it’s come down to the last shot. This title can play with your emotions, causing either elation or pain.
The graphics are appropriate to the platform and the sound is alright, but where Pro Pool really stands out is in the gameplay department. The smoothness, addictiveness and sheer playability are a testament to the quality of programming. The control method is easy to get to grips with and works well. You have an aiming line and by setting the length of it, you change the power of your shot. It’s possible to add spin to the ball which affects the cue ball after it makes contact with the object balls. You can use different combinations of spin and power to play a rewarding positional game.
With plenty of game modes and styles of play to choose from, Pro Pool is one game that you will find yourself coming back to time and time again. Pool is suited to the Gameboy and this is a fantastic example of the genre.