I made the executive decision that I should review Voofoo’s latest release Pure Pool here at P&L. This was mainly because when I told Punk we had Pure Pool, he said “Great, I’ll get my swimming trunks!” Growing up I was a big snooker player, but taking the hit of the expensive hourly rate light hire made pool a more appealing option. Pool seemed to attract the rebels. Now I know why.
VooFoo’s Pure Pool defines the word class. If you’ve witnessed VooFoo’s Pure Chess, then you’re close to knowing how utterly striking and gorgeous this game looks. Balls with a pledge finish, intricate detailed weaving of the table cloth that equals that of a DRIVECLUB car seat and the blurry backdrop of the bar surroundings purvey you’re in for a shock.
Pure Pool is not about lengthy tutorials or heaps of on screen power bars, it’s a game about feel, just like the real thing. Power to your elbow is in the means of the right toggle stick. Leaning how to gauge the strength of each shot is far more skill based and rewarding than watching an on-screen graphic level bar rising up and down. I’m not an analyst, I’m a hustler. This mechanism really delivers precision and accuracy to your shots and is so much more rewarding to perform. There’s no fixed camera overhead either – again it’s all change here as you control what you want to focus on. Every single view, angle and area of the table can be viewed; the DS4 touchpad also comes into play and is used for exploring the table.
As you would imagine the ball physics are incredible. Balls roll down the table with breathtaking beauty, ricocheting off one another and slowly coming to a smooth motionless stand still. Pure Pool rolls out an excellently constructed career mode that is a real mixed bag of games and challenges. Starting off playing the amateur US 8-Ball sees you progress onto Pro and then Master (the same applies to the amature 9-Ball career as well). Each game offers 3 stars that can be earned, with a quick press of R1 bringing up your objectives during play. Gaining stars and winning opens unlocks further levels. The difficulty level does rack up a notch as you progress, hence making you think before you cue off. Learning cue ball control and setting yourself up for future shots by making the cue ball perform side, back spin and swerve really lets you dig into the control side of things. The computer AI does seems to miss shots on purpose in the early matches (you’ll be glad to know) but does punish you good and proper for any slip ups you have later on. You can’t even blame a miss cue due to a non-chalked tip either. Pure Pool takes away the unnecessary like replays too – a good call indeed. I don’t know about you, but I’m not too fussed about watching a cut scene of a pocketed ball that trickled down the table in the first place.
Accolades are awarded along the way also; pot 3 balls in the same pocket, sink a ball over a long distance and so on all add to you XP. Sinking the black has always been the pressure shot and here VooFoo have really given this some real thought, executing this action with dramatic style. You’ll know as you strike the cue ball if you’re on target as a stunning cut scene clicks in with chalk dust flying everywhere. Oh and don’t forget the heart beat pounding over the ambient background bar noise. Sheer Class!
Playing Pure Pool is a real relaxing kick back and chill game. From downloading players DNA to unlocking extra cues, everything about Pure Pool works and there’s nothing here to spoil the party. Ok, they could have done away without displaying every name under the sun from the PlayStation Network at the top of the screen but hey, we can just about live with that. Even busy online play is so easy to sink into, and trophy hunters will be happy knowing online trophies can all be boosted. There is so much to fall in love with – whether you’ve never picked up a cue before or are a true hustler, VooFoo have released something special.
VooFoo want to immerse you in an experience of feel, skill and out right beauty which they do with embarrassing ease. At £7.99/€9.99/$14.95 and with a platinum trophy, you do the math.
Pure Pool is spot on.
Update: The displaying of PSN names while you play is being fixed Ripstone have told us.