American Pool? What other type is there (apart from swimming!)? Anyway, in
American 3D Pool you can play either billiards (the British version with two cue balls
and a red) or '4-ball' pool.
4-ball? Well it's the same rules as 8-ball
(pub style) but obviously there's less balls and each player only has to pot three
red or yellow balls (depending which colour they pot first) before the black.
Play a foul shot and your opponent gets two shots, but there's no freeball
rule if he's snookered. Aiming your shot is done by positioning a cross on an
overhead view of the table.
After you hold down fire to set the power, the
view switches to a 3-D one. Here you can select from four types of spin to put
on the cue ball, before pressing fire to execute the shot. Any shot can be seen
again via the action replay option - at normal speed or in slow motion.
Billiards and pool matches can be played against a friend or a computer player
(nine skill levels). As usual, two-player games are the most fun but the better
computer opponents are a challenge to beat. In addition, eight players (human or
computer) can enter a knockout or league tournament - though this sadly lacks a save option.
The icing on the cake is the Trick Shot option which allows you to play nine
set trick shots and create your own by placing balls anywhere on the table.
Such a comprehensive range of options is incredible for a budget game and,
along with great playability, makes for superb value for money. This is a must
for all pool fans.