When the review code for Snooker 19 popped into the P&L inbox there was hardly a mad scramble to snatch it. It was a good thing as I remembered that Punk once recited the rules of pool when I offered him a frame of snooker at the last office Xmas P&L party. Not only that, but S J Hollis wasn’t much cop either as she offered to ‘bat first’, so I know who’s getting this one…
To tell you just now good Snooker 19 looks, my wife walked in and questioned me why I was watching snooker at 2am in the morning. Yes, Snooker 19 looks that good. It’s the shiny reflections of the balls and the elegant table comprised of its lush green cloth that makes your experience look so real. It’s also the little extras like the puff of chalk sprinkling on the cloth after a firm pot and the sound of the ball being pocketed that makes each frame so lifelike. It’s not just looks where this gentleman’s game shines either, wait till you start skinning the balls.
Snooker 19 is developed by Lab42 and published by Ripstone Games. Control wise there’s a simple tutorial that shows you the basics, like cueing and how to position the cue ball. Such a task is easy to perform and feels second nature almost immediately. Toggling between different view points helps for those longer pots and gives you a fine view of where the next colour is lying in wait. Because of the easy nature of cueing and potting, Snooker 19 opens itself up to a wider audience. It’s straight forward, easy and rewarding to play.
Snooker 19 features 128 of the world’s top players who all closely resemble who they are. Single player mode lets you progress through the ranks in the career mode playing at detailed recreations of iconic venues such as The Crucible, The Tempodrom in Berlin and The Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing. You can challenge friends to matches locally or online and also compete in global online tournaments. Winning these online tournaments earns you new cues, fancy waistcoats and bow ties.
The journey from the Q-School academy to becoming champion is a big experience and gives you an ample amount of time to hone your snooker skills. If you’re a snooker lover, then this game really delivers in a polished and professional manner.
Snooker 19 is a fine looking and spot on snooker experience. If you’re wanting licensed players, real life venues and a deeply rewarding game, Snooker 19 has the lot.
Lizard rating: 8.5/10