A fantastic 3D billiards game with great connectivity and visually appealing graphics
Billiards is a 3D simulation game that allows players to get a feel for the real game of billiards from the comfort of their own PC. This version includes a total of five billiards games that players can cycle through to get the fullest experience of the game. The five game variants include 9-Ball, 3-Balls, 8-Ball, Snooker, and Straight.
This application for Windows allows players to challenge their friends to a friendly game, or players can use the practice mode to play against themselves or the computer. The game also allows players to alter the color of the table felt. The physics of the game are incredibly impressive, but aiming the cue is a bit complicated for a simulation. Within the game, pulling back on the cue will extend a target towards whatever ball is in the path of the shot, but the target doesn't extend to the direction the ball will travel, so just like the real game, it is difficult to determine where the ball will end up.
One of the most interesting features of the game is that players can change their own perspective by simply toggling the 'C' key through the rotational options. Players can also increase the difficulty by speeding up the ball motion on the whole table, or decreasing the time allowed for each shot. Players can even put spin on the ball thanks to the advanced physics. A scoreboard automatically keeps track of each game, and even though the game doesn't make it obvious how to switch between game types, it is still an impressive billiards simulation. There is little beyond the table, so the game could have been improved in that respect, but the mechanics are solid.