The continuing saga of the Amstrad snooker games has begun to match Dynasty in its convolutions. The story briefly to date was the Artisoft's Snooker game had some very nice touches such as numbered balls for green screen owners. attractive detailing, etc, but was slow and less playable compared to the rival Steve Davis Snooker and also cost a pound more - no contest in most people's minds. As an attempt to get round this Amsoft have re-released
their old game with an improvement in the coding to make it faster, and with the added attraction of carrying a licence deal with Steve's arch rival Hurricane Higgins (which I'm sure did little towards making them able to consider a price cut as well). If there is anyone left who hasn't got one or the other it may be worth a look.
Now Amstrad has released Alex Higgins' World Pool which stretches the relevance of the licence a bit far but is an enjoyable release.
Unlike most versions of computer pool this actually has the full number of balls and plays to the correct rules - the attention to detail even stretches to the point where half the balls carry spots and half stripes and these are animated to move and roll the way the patterns would on a real ball. It is all very clever and probably takes up at least half of the processing time with the result that the game is, once again, slow.
Still if pool is your game rather than snooker it is the most attractive version I have seen, certainly not unplayable, and there doesn't seem to be any immediate rivals for your cash.
Tony Kendle, PCW