Jimmy White's Cueball World
Maverick snooker player, Jimmy White, is your guide on a diverse world tour, taking in such disparate locations as Stonehenge, Hong Kong, and a desert island. While you're there, you can have a game of pool, snooker, billiards or even thumb-wrestling.
What's The Big Deal?
When it comes to snooker and pool games, Awesome Developments boss Archer McLean has a long history. This latest Jimmy White game will feature eight different locations, unsurpassed ball physics, a variety of animated player hands and four sub-games, including a reappearance of the excellent darts.
One of the most naturally talented snooker players ever to grace the green baize, it's a travesty that Jimmy White has never managed to win the World Championship. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, White's progress at The Crucible has more often than not been scuppered by his nemesis, Stephen Hendry, the dour Scot ensuring that White has never scored the coveted Embassy trophy. He's lifted a host of lesser trinkets though, and in fact the vast majority of them are stored in boxes in the basement of Archer McLean's Northamptonshire mansion.
It is here that were due to meet up with White to discuss his key role in the development of Cueball World, but unfortunately Jimmy reported a case of food poisoning at three o'clock that morning, presumably contracted at Royal Ascot, where he was pictured in a tabloid newspaper on the same day.
It wasn't a complete waste of time though, as Archer himself was in residence, and as chief of Awesome Developments he is equally qualified to discuss the game. In fact, why bother with White at all? The man is clearly a loose cannon, a man of no fixed abode with a career that would appear to have long since peaked, the Whirlwind now reduced to playing cheesy stateside pool tournaments.
Virgin is sticking with him though, as is McLean, who explains: "He's a household name. Stephen I lendry is a brilliant snooker player, but he's a bit of a machine, he's not a character. Jimmy is a real Cockney rogue."
He certainly is, and his cheeky chappy persona has been exploited to the full in this version of the game, where White introduces the various exotic real-world locations. The filming was far from straightforward though, with White punctuating his numerous mistakes with the word "bollocks", apparently in an attempt to prevent their later use (although an outtakes section is planned). Jimmy eventually mastered the skill of talking to camera, although not before being "taken round the garden for a few vodkas and a smoke."
These fully animated environments may look a bit fancy, but what on Earth do they have to do with potting balls? Essentially, they provide an antidote to the somewhat dry surroundings of the previous game, which were actually modelled on Archer's own snooker room. Four sub-games, including crazy golf-like pool stunt tables and classic British darts have also been thrown in.
As for the action itself, world-class 3D physics are promised, as well as a series of opponents represented by highly detailed animated hands. As Archer says: "We can tweak the maths of the Ai players to represent any type of human player, whether it's a safety shot type of player, a Steve Davis-type character, or someone like Jimmy who takes wild trick shots and gets them in." Sounds great. It's only a shame that the man himself couldn't be there to show us some.
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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