Review by Blackjack4x

"A bizarre, fun pool game"

Lunar Pool, simply put, is a fun game. It contains 60 pool tables,each one shaped differently. The point is to put all the balls ina pocket (sometimes there's only one) without sinking yours. Youlose a life when you sink your ball, or when you hit your ball threetimes without sinking another one. The game uses a power meter, andthe arrows move a target around your ball. Setting up shots is veryeasy. The best part of the game, however, is the boards. Each oneis different, and most are bizarre. There are X shaped boards, diamondshaped, ones with many indents and sharp edges, smooth ones, oneswith walls set up in the middle of the board, and more. Each holepresents a new challenge and they're all different. Two players canplay each other, or one player can play by themselves or with thecomputer.

Graphics: 5/10

Very simple, but what do you expect? It's just the board and theballs.

Sound: 6/10

Limited music and sound effects, but it's not really important.

Gameplay: 9/10

The control is amazingly simple, and functions well. The assortmentof boards is fantastic. Some of the boards are very easy, while othersare very tough. The title screen lets you select the fricton onthe board, which is a nice touch, and even what level you want tostart at. The two player mode is nice as well. One disadvantage isthat in some levels, balls can find their way into tight jams thatare almost guaranteed to lose you a life. Still, those occurancesare rare and are not a major problem.

Replay: 9/10

Most of the boards are just fun to play again. The two player modelets you match skills with a friend, and changing the frictioncreates a whole new pool game.

Overall: 8/10

Wow. A 1985 NES pool game, and it's so good. The simplicity andfrustration often found in games of this time is nowhere to befound here. I recommend a purchase for this game, because it canbe found cheap, and the replay value and fun factor definitelyjustifies it.


Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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