Pure Pool Is Purely Perturbed For Single Players
By Gwendolyn L. Spelvin
Finding a great virtual pool entry on the PC platform is easier said than done outside of an emulator and a classic console rom. Titles that are released on Windows rarely offer the complete package of a great pool shooter, even though such offerings are plentiful on iOS and Android.
Unfortunately, Pure Pool falls by the waist side and drops the ball into a massive epic failure.
The tragedy of Pure Pool is that it has a lot going for it. The AI is great; menu options run the gambit and the ability to change and/or upgrade tables and locations is awesome. While the system requirements are a bit on the hoggish side for such a game, it works for what it is.
Don’t get me wrong, Pure Pool can runs on a basic laptop, albeit with a slow launch. Once past that hurdle, its smooth sailing with very enhanced incredible graphics without lagging. That isn’t to say a fight to close the program won’t happen without force, though, because it just might.
Controller support is also a nice touch, but like most PC pool shooters players are on their own to painstakingly figure out the controls through trial and error. For some, this could be a frustrating affair. For others, this could be a five-minute walk around the park in terms of learning curves.
Once players get over the hump and onto the table, it’s all navigation and skill, without much issue. Pure Pool at this juncture should be commended, as most pool enthusiasts would agree not many entries have successfully made it to this type of functionality.
However, a small victory turns once again into an epic failure due to lazy programming and very bad elevator muzak.
Pure Pool could have been a very tolerable entry on the PC platform, had single player mode not function as if it had been omitted. Sure, there is a tutorial walkthrough and consistent practice against the computer as many times as players wish to engage it. But that’s all folks.
This puppy is strictly multiplayer by default and careless development.
Yes, there is a career mode that appears to be able to be single player. However, it just flat out doesn’t work. Program restarts and reinstallations or PC reboots do nothing to engage it for use, unless it is used in multiplayer mode.
But hey, at least there is a working option to turn off that horrible cruise ship music.
Due to Quality and Assurance falling asleep at the wheel, Pure Pool requires a consistent internet connection and access to Steam to take advantage of its full potential. And that would have just been peachy, had that little bit of information been mentioned prior to purchase.
For all of developer VooFoo Studios fancy trailers, you think they would have had the decency to include that tidbit somewhere in the product information manual or even in the trailer.
Oh that trailer. A complete exercise in developer narcissism, flaunting the cutting edge technologies of multiplayer, online league support, and “DNA opponents”. That’s cool, if you’re into that sort of thing, but that money should have been better used in the programming department.
Instead, players are bombarded with deception, as the information about Pure Pool’s functionalities are void of inspection, and promising the moon and the stars but only delivering a piece of a meteor does little to sway public confidence in an overvalued product.
For a title that is anywhere from twelve to fifteen bucks with an additional twelve to fifteen dollars just for DLC, lacking single player mode makes the price tag unaffordable. What are players paying for that they couldn’t get signing up for an online gaming site and playing pool for free?
Pogo Games, Microsoft, Yahoo, and BigFish off the top of my head offer a much more enjoyable experience playing pool at varying price points than what VooFoo Studios is charging a flat premium for in the name of “features”.
Who the hell cares that Pure Pool features nine supported languages or fifty-one Steam achievements when the basic ability to play solo against a formidable computer opponent is absent? That’s not being innovative, that is being ignorant of the needs of the solo players.
As far as this great innovative multiplayer, VooFoo Studios has been eerily lax in their duties of maintaining support. That’s right, folks. Finding opponents to play against is all but absent; Quick Match fails to link opponents, and there are no in-game controls to mute your mic or chat.
What kills me is that the Android entry Pool Break Pro offers all of these functions for multiplayer and has a single-player mode, on top off options to play an assortment of different pool variations than that of Pure Pool, and with a complete stats and achievement list to boot.
VooFoo Studios is definitely continuing their Hustle Kings moniker, hustling PC players out of their hard earned money. It’s time to scratch on the 8-ball and take the hard loss.