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ZOOM Virtual Pool
$4.95 (DOS) (No Manual) (VIRTPOOLPO)
$9.95 (DOS) (Retail Box) (VIRTPOOLPR)




4 stars from Electronic Entertainment

5 stars from SMART

The Ultimate Pool Simulation...

Enter the world of Virtual Pool, a pool game so real that it will improve your actual pool playing! It has all the angles, all the shots of the real game. Take a lesson from a pro, learn trick shots or take a historic multimedia tour of the sport. Then settle in for a challenging game that's so much fun, you may not care about improving your actual game. But it is a great fringe benefit!


Four Great Pool Games played by professional rule: 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Straight Pool, and Rotation.

Full motion video library: Learn the history of the sport or take some trick shot lessons from the world-renowned pool champion and expert Lou "the machine gun" Butera.

Realistic physics and geometry: Designed by physicists and mathematicians to be the most realistic pool simulator ever. Full simulation of all physical action including friction, speed, collision and roll. True computational ball tracking.

Easy Multi-player Modes: Challenge a friend on your computer, or play on two computers via network or modem. Or take on one of the virtual opponents.

All Feel and Control of the Real Game: Your mouse interfaces directly to the cue for realistic control. Ease back gently for a soft touch, or stroke hard for a double rail bank. Use true English and raise the cue for follow, draw and curve shots.

Realistic 3-D Perspective & Graphics: Take a walk around the table, look left and right; zoom in for a closer look, then line up your shot just like you would on an actual table.

Remember virtual practice makes perfect. So after you've honed your skills - go out and take your best shot on a real table, and see how it feels to beat a friend with a stick!

Requirements: IBM PC and 100% compatibles with MS DOS version 3.3 or later running on a 386, 486, or Pentium Processor. VGA or SVGA video card and monitor. At least 550 K of free conventional memory. CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended). A mouse and sound card strongly recommended.


Electronic Entertainment, September 1995

"Play is amazingly simple, considering the amount of control you get. You make most shots with combinations of mouse movements and key presses."

"Super VGA graphics provide crisp, 3-D balls that move just like the real thing. Even the sounds will remind you of your last trip to the neighborhood pool hall. Virtual Pool is a great example of what a game simulation can be. If you like to rack 'em up, you have to give Virtual Pool a go."

SMART, August 14, 1995

"So true to life that the publisher guarantees it will improve the player's game, this stunning pool simulation is the next best thing to having a table. Included are four standard variations on the game: 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Straight Pool and Rotation. Nine computer opponents provide disparate levels of competition, from pushover to pool shark. The game also allows head-to-head play via modem and local area network. The 3-D graphics are fabulous, allowing views of the table from absolutely any angle or distance."

Computer Shopper, October 1995

"While Interplay Productions' Virtual Pool doesn't let you use your favorite pool cue, it's the next best thing to having your own pool hall.

"Virtual Pool is just what you would expect to see and hear while playing real pool. You can play straight pool, rotation, eight-ball, and nine-ball. It would have been nice to have games like billiards and snooker, yet there's no shortage of fun here.

"During actual play, the mouse replaces the pool cue. To shoot, your left hand presses down the S key while your right slides the mouse."

"Virtual Pool also has excellent sound effects. Balls click when they hit each other and thump when they hit a rail, while background ragtime piano music is optional.

"Virtual Pool also includes a history of pool and a tutorial complete with digitized videos of pro-player 'Machine Gun' Lou Burera in which he shows off his speed and accuracy and explains basic and trick shots. A good combination of digitized video and animation clearly shows the physics of pool - all-important when you try to play yourself.

"Virtual Pool is one of those addicting games that everyone can enjoy. The physical modeling is precise, and actual game play is challenging."

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