Killer Pool HD is the brand new iPad version of the excellent Killer Pool app. Like its iPhone predecessor, it’s touted as ‘the most realistic pool experience on the iPad’ – and for my money it lives up to that tagline quite nicely.
The short story on this one is that if you enjoy a game of pool in real life, you are most likely going to enjoy the heck out of this game. For a little more detail on why and some more screenshots, hit the break (Ha – no pool pun intended there) …
Here’s some of the game’s description and features, via its App Store page:
Including 5 different games:
8 BALL, 9 BALL and UK BLACK BALL (Eight Ball).
KILLER – The classic multiplayer game for up to 10 players.
OCTOKILLER – A unique version of Killer played on an octagonal table, where players eliminate each other by sinking their balls, with the last remaining player victorious.
Accurate and easy to use controls.
Shooting using finger swipe or power meter.
Authentic spin and swerve.
Realistic physics, such as a cue that raises to avoid balls and rails.
Rich, lifelike graphics featuring polygon smoothing – no more jagged 3D edges.
Official APA 8 Ball and 9 Ball rules, WEPF Black Ball rules, and official table/ball/pocket sizes.
Single player, 2 player or multiplayer modes.
Tournament play: Local Comp & World Championship.
3 table speeds
Play your own music in the background.
Resume your game after closing app.
Turn hints on/off.
Some of the things I like about the game are:
— The variety of games on offer – from 8 Ball to Killer and more, as well as options to play just a quick single game, or enter local or world championship level tournaments. This makes it easy to play the game as a quick 5-minute time killer or to get stuck in and play it for a good stretch of time.
— The realism of the game – this has always been one of its strongpoints, but it feels even stronger on the iPad. The table feels big, and long – in a good way though. Lining up a shot also feels good and familiar.
— Though it provides a good range of options and settings, the developers have largely kept this game simple and easy to play, and skipped the bells and whistles, which is fine by me. Others may want whacky announcers commentating on your game or ‘real pool hall atmosphere’ sort of gimmicks – but I much prefer the focus to be on the gameplay.
— I love its little touches that show a love of the game as well – things like having to call your pocket when you’re on the black.
For lots more detail on what makes Killer Pool great, check out my review of the iPhone version here: http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-application-reviews/review-killer-pool-for-iphone
So far, Killer Pool HD looks like just as killer a game as the excellent iPhone version. It’s a natural for the bigger screen, and still plays great too.
You can find Killer Pool HD in the App Store now, priced at just $1.99.
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