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iPhone: Pool Star Feat. Earl Strickland ($1.99)

05-30-2009, 12:46 AM
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Pool Star Feat. Earl Strickland ($1.99)

Introductory Price - $1.99

Earl Strickland Pool Star is without doubt the most complete Pool game launched to date – stunning 3D graphics combined with highly advanced game play make this a must have title. The game allows you to compete in 3 international formats, including the World Pool Masters, Premier League Pool and the one all pool players want to win, The World Pool Championships, where you have the enviable task of taking on the games greatest players, including Earl ‘the Pearl’ Strickland, Ralph Souquet, Francis Bustamante and Earl Strickland. Pool Star also boasts a number of unique features – the quick match mode allows you to play a range of formats, 9-ball, 8-ball, straight pool and trick shots, whilst the Wi-fi and internet multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to compete against each other at the same time. Rack em up and let’s play!

Key features:
Realistic in game physics
Fully 3D Pool table and environment
3 International competition formats
Play 9-ball, 8-ball UK and US, straight pool and learn
trick shots
Multiple user-controlled
camera views
Internet and Wi-Fi Multiplayer
Landscape and Portrait play modes
Touch screen aiming mechanics


05-30-2009, 12:50 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
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Internet and Wi-Fi Multiplayer!

05-30-2009, 04:17 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Birmingham, UK, dull corner of the world
Posts: 2,367
Not available in the UK yet. Does anyone know if this one has drag control for the shot, or is it just selecting your power on the bar at the side as usual? Nothing has beaten VP's drag control for me yet.
Also, I would like to know if we see the balls going into the pocket on this one.
Looks great from the screenshots.
05-30-2009, 05:33 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 106
Purchased, syncing. I think I remember hearing positive things about this as a java version. Wow, that's not much to go on huh? It's a crapshoot

Impressions later...

It's later.

Drag control for shots - doesn't appear to have this
Balls going into the pockets - yes

Has a British feel about it, but that's not a bad thing.

Game Modes
Quick Play (choose a computer opponent)
Competitions (haven't tried this yet)
Bonus Games

Game Select:
8 Ball UK
8 Ball USA
9 Ball

World Pool Masters - "Welcome to the World Pool Masters. The tournament takes place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as 16 of the biggest names from around the world go head to head for the $20,000 top prize."

Bonus Games:
Bonus Pool - "Bonus Pool is a game of style. You must try to pot balls using doubles (combos?), rail shots (banks?) and all manner of tricks to score more points. Be careful though, as you are only allowed three misses."
Trick Shots - "Welcome to the Trick Shot Survival Mode. You will play through a sequence of progressively harder trick shots, needing to complete each one in the least amount of attempts possible."

Take turns

Tried to start an internet game:
"Connecting to internet server...
Waiting on other player..."
Nothing after a couple minutes, need some competition

Marc is Spots (solids)
5 Balls Potted, Turn Over
Angela is on Stripes

Angela has ball in hand - hehe, that's funny.

After a few games (Quick Play) I'm getting pretty comfortable with aiming. It's a bit of twisting, zooming, and fine tuning of course. Pretty well done, not too complicated.
There is an overhead camera that is easily toggled to and from. And a 'free view' camera for looking around the whole table quickly, but no shots can be taken from this (double tap into and out of) mode. The overhead cam makes for fairly easy shot making and the system of applying english is really well implemented. You can see the post-shot effect on the cue ball against your proposed english. Being able to see this effect may help with your real game with humans
Shot strength bar & shot release button, not finger slide - I prefer this method, finger sliding seems hit or miss.
Super accurate feeling physics, fluid animation, good ball spin.
Good sounds- stick contact, balls colliding, satisfying pocket clunk as you sink the ball.
Has the ball sinking animation people seem to want. Feels right.
Decent crowd noise after making a nice shot.

Beat my first opponent in a best of 3 series - but she played like a girl.

As you can probably tell, I like it. $2? sure. Is it A 5/5? Haven't played very long yet, a 4 or 4.5 though feels like a fair score at this early stage.

I'm going to remove Anytime Pool and Midnight Pool and just leave this on one for the time being.

Last edited by mmadden2; 05-30-2009 at 06:43 AM.
05-30-2009, 12:28 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
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I see that you said you are removing Anytime Pool from your phone, so would you say that you consider Pool Star better than that game?
05-30-2009, 01:39 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
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Good graphics but it's more like Midnight Pool (for fun) rather than Virtual Pool (for those that want a simulation).

The next ball is not selected automatically and it's boring to rotate here and there to find the right one.

Constant "dialogs" (like in Midnight) get old fast.

Although it's a polished game, I'd say it's not a game for me. Simulation alike is what I use to play now.

iPhone 6 and iPad Mini iOS 8
05-30-2009, 01:52 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 6,272
Yeah I just TOFTT too. I was hoping for a little more of a pool sim as well. I noticed a few negatives about the game so far...
1. Camera can be really wobbly even while attempting to take a shot.
2. They did not take advantage of the full iphone screen size and chose to make everything a little smaller than it should be. The table's borders should basically be the iphone screen borders, not smaller.
3. Invert controls!!!

Its still a fun game and probably worth $2. I dont feel ripped off or anything but the game could be better.
I-play usually comes out with good games, but the problem is their games seldom or never get updates. Take World Championship Pool for example, one of the best pool games for the iphone yet it also has one of the biggest bugs in a game ever. When you win sometimes it says the computer beat you! They still havent updated and fixed the bug to that game and the game came out in Nov 08!

I guess my only question at this point is, is Pool Star better than Anytime Pool?
06-22-2009, 03:47 AM
Joined: Apr 2009
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Glad to see the positive comments on Pool Star Feat. Earl the Pearl!

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06-22-2009, 04:09 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
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Does look good - got Arcade Pool Online over the weekend though and I really like that. Might be tempted for this tho...
06-22-2009, 10:58 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Birmingham, UK, dull corner of the world
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I took the plunge with this, and I have to say I like it very much. The ball physics seem very realistic, and I like the fact we actually SEE the ball go into the pocket which makes it more satisfying. I also like how the camera angle automatically changes to show you the angle of the shot, and it's all presented very well.
What I REALLY would like to see are more options. Why haven't we got an option to turn off the menu music? We could also have an option to turn on/off aim aids. Another option for having the power and shot controls on the right of the screen instead of the left. The option I really would like to see is an alternative shot control, such as VP's cue-drag method, which I find VERY intuitive and a lot more satisfying than just tapping a button.

Overall though, from my early play tests, this comes out at one of the better games, and a strong contender for top spot. Either way, you can't go wrong for the cheap price.

I have the UK Steve Davies edition btw- it's great to see ol' Steve on the main menu