Pool (or billiards for the cultured among us) is one of the most recognizable names in the world, and 8 Ball is among its most popular variations. With Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool, you get all the enjoyment of the pool hall without any of the hassles of racking balls and chalking cues.
8 Ball Pool Gameplay
On its surface, the gameplay is very simple. Players take turns making their shots on the table. Shots are called by tapping on a ball to aim, and then dragging the pool cue around it. The cue and ball’s vector is displayed as a line on the board, showing players where their hit will land. This indicator only goes so far, though, and the actual power and distance of the shot depending on how far back the cue is drawn before hitting the cue ball. One last thing, for advanced play: the exact point of impact on the cue ball can be designated before making the shot, in order to add spin to the ball. This can make for some surprising trick shots.
But don’t let its simple presentation fool you; though there are many pool games on the various app stores, this one is the most popular with over 18 million active players.
If you’re thinking that’s a lot of people playing a simple pool game, you’d be right. That’s because this app allows you to play multiplayer in tournaments all over the world. Tired of beating your friends or little brother over and over again? Maybe try your skills against a ranked opponent. Unless you’re a pool pro, you’ll be served the biggest slice of humble pie after just a couple rounds.
But let’s take it back a bit. What else makes Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool the definitive billiards game on mobile?
The Miniclip developers poured blood, sweat, and tears into making sure their pool game would have the proper look and feel. They tweaked the physics to be just right, and claim they even corresponded via email with professional pool players regarding how the game felt to play.
Their virtual currency, gained through normal gameplay, can be used to pay entry fees to match with bigger rewards. In competitive matches, prize pools range from 50 to 250,000 Pool Coins. Aside from earning in-game riches, players also gain experience in the form of rankings which allows them to unlock even more exclusive and challenging match locations where only the best of the best play.
Currency is meaningless without anything to spend it on, and in this game, players are able to bling out their pool cues and table designs. What better way to show off your skill (or addiction) at the game than to impress all your opponents with your shiny new toys? With dozens of cues and tables to choose from, there’s bound to be a combination that suits your tastes and personality.
From its humble beginnings as a simple Facebook game to the mega mobile app behemoth, it is now, 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip is a success story worth following—and definitely a game worth playing.