Review by J Dawg007

"The most far out pool game I've ever seen, and it's pretty good."

Well, as you may have guessed, this pool game takes place on what appears to be a moon of some sort. It's got one option I've never seen in a pool game though, which is the ability to modify the friction of the table. If you set it as high as it goes, which is 255, your shots and such won't go too far. If you set it to 0, you have to wait like 3 minutes for your shot to finish. I just leave it at the default, so it all works out o.k. There's 50 tables in the game, and when you clear one, you move on to the next. You can play against a friend or a computer opponent.

When you take a shot, the balls don't even roll, they just hover like it was an air hockey table, and they disintegrate when they go into a pocket. The aiming is a bit tricky, but you'll get the hang of it. You start with a total of 9 misses, but you can earn more, and after you use them all up it's game over, a scratch counts as 3 misses. You cannot use English in this game, but with the weird tables, why would you need to? There's on table that's a Z, and all kinds of weird shapes. It adds variety, yes, but it can become annoying. As you pocket more balls in a row, your bonus multiplier (called Rate) goes up. Make multiple balls on one shot, get a bigger bonus. Clear a rack (if you wanna call it that) without missing, get a big bonus. You can rack up a ton of points in the first few tables. Anyway, let's break it down.

Graphics- 7/10
Eh, not too great, and the aforementioned ''balls not rolling'' comes to mind here. The graphics aren't horrible, but there's nothing to brag about.

Sounds- 7/10
The music gets annoying and the balls sound like they're metallic when they collide.

Challenge- Variable
It all depends on the table, and the friction, it can be real easy, or real hard, it's your choice.

Gameplay- 7/10
Nothing great, but nothing to complain about. Taking a shot can be a tad tricky, but you will get the hang of it with practice.

Overall- 7/10
Well, it's no Side Pocket, but it's still a decent game worth picking up if you like pool and want a new twist.

(Note: Some people think there's a difference between Lunar Ball and Lunar Pool. There isn't, they are the same game.)


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 06/07/01, Updated 06/07/01


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