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iPhone: Midnight Pool

10-24-2008, 12:21 AM
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Midnight Pool

It used to be my favourite game on S700i, it was very polished and enjoyable,. Knowing how active Gameloft is, I decided not to buy Virtual Pool and wait for Midnight Pool, so I'm surprised when it's now released without any spotlight.

I'm more surprised when looking at the screenshots. They don't look as attractive and polished as its previous 2D style. It feels one level below other Gameloft games.

Has anyone tried this game?
10-24-2008, 12:50 AM
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I'm so glad I waited and didn't get Virtual Pool. I e-mailed the developer of Virtual Pool and he never replied in regards to putting in masse and jump shots. I read on a forum that he would not be adding this feature and I was quite bummed, because it seemed to be the biggest complaint about that game, and was a deal-breaker, in my opinion. Now, we've got Gameloft's Midnight Pool. I too used to have this game, but on my Helio. Let me say that this version is the best version of any pool game I've played on any handheld device - Better than the DS or any cell phone version of pool. It has the jump shot, the masse, and lets you put english anywhere you want on the ball. The controls, to me anyways, are really intuitive. You can zoom in, there's a detailed tutorial. I've had no problems with crashing or manipulating the stick whatsoever. The graphics are clean and the music and sound effects are excellent. If I had a complaint, it'd be that the zooming in and out of the table takes a little getting used to, but that's about it. I've gotta get back to the game, but I wanted to say that's it's one game that I think I'll be playing even more than Virtual Villagers now.

10-24-2008, 12:52 AM
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It looks like Virtual Pool with porn stars. At least according to the screenshots.
10-24-2008, 01:00 AM
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Yeah, Midnight Pool was indeed the one pool game I played the most. It's really good and complete. Ironically, that title previously belonged to Virtual Pool back in my Nokia 3650 days.

I wonder if the iPhone incarnation is just as good..

and do you think there'll be a price drop? I know Gameloft is no Pangea, but they did it with Block Breaker Deluxe, so I don't wanna get burned.
10-24-2008, 02:42 AM
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I have just bought this. There is a new update to VP any day soon which fixes a couple of problems from the last update, and apparently they are planning on getting online play onto VP by the end of the year. I do think it's GUI is out of date now though too.
I will post my opinions on this one- looks great from the screenshots.
10-24-2008, 03:44 AM
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After a good play of this, I'll be honest, I prefer VP.
The problem I have with this one is it's speed. The roll of the balls just doesn't look realistic enough- they roll along fast enough, and then suddenly grind to a halt with very little slow down in between. To be honest, there not much else to pick on with it, but that to me is rather off-putting, as I like my Pool realistic. Graphically they both have advantages. This obviously includes people you can actually SEE taking the shots, and it has nice backgrounds and a better GUI. VP on the other hand has a terribly out-dated GUI, with no visible players. However, the graphics on the table, particularly the balls, look a lot better. They have very detailed textures and reflections.
Graphics and sound aside, it's the gameplay that counts the most. And for me, I prefer VP's way of adjusting aim (you can get low down to the cue ball if you want for example, to check the angle better) and more realistic ball movement.
However, both are good in their own ways.
10-24-2008, 10:00 AM
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For Virt Pool, you gotta appreciate the developer taking your list of issues and fixing the majority of them in the next update.

As for Midnight Pool - any masse shots, as the one screenshot the guy appears to have his stick elevated. I'd love to see a video review on this game before I drop $8 on it.
10-24-2008, 10:38 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nickels View Post
For Virt Pool, you gotta appreciate the developer taking your list of issues and fixing the majority of them in the next update.

As for Midnight Pool - any masse shots, as the one screenshot the guy appears to have his stick elevated. I'd love to see a video review on this game before I drop $8 on it.
Yes I have been conversing with the developer of VP on the MacRumours forum, and do appreciate him fixing issues I and others have informed him of. I wasn't too impressed with the last update, as he didn't fix things that he should have known about already (but didn't as he doesn't play 8-ball Pool on it himself), and inadvertently caused more problems whilst fixing others. He has worked hard on the next update to correct all of that though, which I commend him for.
As for MP, I haven't tried a masse shot yet, but I suppose it's possible with being able to shoot at that angle.
I managed to play both games one after the other and stick by my earlier statement- VP is definitely the better game for it's more realistic ball physics and speed.
10-24-2008, 10:56 AM
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Thanks for saving me $8
10-24-2008, 11:07 AM
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Thanks for saving me $8
No probs. Just remember, that's only my opinion. There are bound to be others who prefer MP over VP. But if you're like me and want it more realistic than arcade-like, then VP is your game- besides, it has better looking balls!