Alex Higgins World Snooker is a simulation for the Amstrad of TV's favourite sport. Don't be deceived by the Alex Higgins part; his only appearance in the game is on the loading screen. This is a shame, in a way I'd have liked to see a computer opponent programmed to play like Higgins, but I don't suppose a Z80 is a fast enough processor.
There isn't in fact a play computer option at all - this is logical really since it would be possible to make it play infallibly, thereby removing any point in challenging it. Conversely it could only be made to miss shots by some fairly artificial 'fudging' of its logic routines which would equally remove any real sense of competition.
Still, unlike many sports simulations, it is a game that can be played alone. The thrill of planning and potting shots is enough without competition. Visually it looks neat, big graphics for the balls and a clever system for force, direction and spin which means all can be fixed using a joystick. The only problem is that this means it is impossible to express exact amounts for each parameter - you simply judge it by the length of a coloured line.
The scrolling is a little jerky, but not unacceptably so and despite the fact that it took me 20 shots to sink the first red, I recommend it as the best Amstrad snooker to date.
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