Play POOL NATION and become mesmerised by our balls, entranced by our decals & unashamedly attached to our cues, so join us please, & just have fun playing pool!! WARNING: contains addictive content!! Pool Nation, with WORKSHOP integration AVAILABLE NOW in our Crazy Mode the Box Of Tricks (Out Now)!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,717 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 18, 2013

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November 21

FREE FOR THE WEEKEND!!!

Hey guys we're a small team as you know and sometimes its hard just to get your head above the crowds - so we decided to offer Pool Nation FREE for the weekend and we hope the game speaks for itself!

So please enjoy playing with our balls, and share this great news with friends, family, co-workers... pretty much anyone willing to listen!!!!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/254440/

We also reduced the price of the Bumper bundle for this weekend too:
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/53245/

Thank you, again, for your continued support, your suggestions, ideas and creativity help us mold the future of Pool Nation and Pool Nation FX. A full annoucement will come soon but I can confirm those who own Pool Nation will be given the option to upgrade to Pool Nation FX at a discounted price, (it'll be a generous discount!) so grab Pool Nation now and upgrade to Pool Nation FX soon...

CPx

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November 6

UPDATE RELEASED: including the Box of Tricks

Here is the offical changelog for the Cherry Popping good Bonfire night update :)

  • Box of tricks unlocked.
  • Workshop integration (BETA) added. Share trickshots with other people.
  • 8Ball UK rules added with Reds and Yellow balls (including leaderboards and online play)
  • Walkaround camera added. (Activated/deactivated by pressing A when it is your turn)
  • New 'mode' icons to indicate which view mode you are in. (walkaround, shot taking, replaying etc)
  • Fix to hopefully prevent non-gaming/unsupported devices interfering with controls (steering wheels etc)
  • Replay HUD visuals updated to now show replay speed in a more elegant way.
  • Reply control panel can now be hidden (by clicking the left stick on controller)
  • Fixed incorrect reflection maps being used on cues/tables in certain locations
  • We no longer display the 'archive_' prefix when listing saved archive matches.
  • Alt-Tab crash fixed
  • Favouriting shots with controller now has correct button hint.
  • Floating balls over pockets in Endurance are now frame rate independent.
  • Online 'spectator' bug where both players think it is other other player's turn fixed.
  • New foul messages for UK 8 Ball specific fouls
  • Nominating with keyboard and mouse in Straight now works correctly
  • Fixed issue with 'Force Forfeit' message being shown at incorrect times.
  • Pre-order Stripy skin pack unlocked, only those who pre-ordered Pool Nation will be able to use these skins, and every object pack you add to your Pool Nation account there after you will get the Pre-order stripy skin for also.

New DLC Added:
  • CUES BALLS AND DECALS PACK:
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/272080/

  • UNLOCK THE ASSETS FROM THE TOUR
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/272090/

  • INDIVIDUAL OBJECT PACKS FOR THE BOX OF TRICKS
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/285730/

    *CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE BUMPER OBJECT PACK BUNDLE BUY ALL OBJECTS FOR £2.79:
    http://store.steampowered.com/sub/53245/

    *CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE POOL NATION & BUMPER OBJECT PACK BUNDLE BUY THE FULL GAME AND ALL OBJECTS IN ONE BUNDLE: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/53560/

Thank you again for all your support and good wishes over the past year, your commitment, ideas, and bug finding helps us to support this game now and into the future - thank you!

We hope you enjoy this update,

CPx

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Reviews

“Yes, it’s a pool game, and you could argue that there’s not much more to say beyond that. But pool is a rare sight on the PC, unless it’s of the top-down Flash variety, and this is a bloody good example of the form. ‘Hole in one’, as they say at the Crucible.”
ROCK, PAPER, SHOTGUN

““In fact it could be the shiniest game to ever grace a console. Now as Pool Nation nears its North American debut, Cherry Pop Games shows that this is anything but a port to another console but rather an upgraded version that took everything that made the 360 version great and added even more.”
97/100 – Game Focus

““It’s easy to suggest that Pool Nation is the finest example of virtual pool... but to do CherryPop Games’ work justice it must be said that they have delivered what is in fact one of the best pool videogames ever to grace a console.””
95/100 – Bio Gamer Girl

Just Updated

Pool Nation has been updated, including the Box of Tricks, and UK 8 Ball!!!

This update includes, but is not limited to:

  • Box of tricks unlocked.
  • Workshop integration (BETA) added. Share trickshots with other people.
  • 8Ball UK rules added (including leaderboards and online play)
  • Walkaround camera added. (Activated/deactivated by pressing A when it is your turn)
  • New 'mode' icons to indicate which view mode you are in. (walkaround, shot taking, replaying etc)
  • Fix to hopefully prevent non-gaming/unsupported devices interfering with controls (steering wheels etc)
  • Replay HUD visuals updated to now show replay speed in a more elegant way.
  • Reply control panel can now be hidden (by clicking the left stick on controller)
  • Fixed incorrect reflection maps being used on cues/tables in certain locations
  • We no longer display the 'archive_' prefix when listing saved archive matches.
  • Alt-Tab crash fixed
  • Favouriting shots with controller now has correct button hint.
  • Floating balls over pockets in Endurance are now frame rate independent.
  • Online 'spectator' bug where both players think it is other other player's turn fixed.
  • New foul messages for UK 8 Ball specific fouls
  • Nominating with keyboard and mouse in Straight now works correctly
  • Fixed issue with 'Force Forfeit' message being shown at incorrect times.

A note from the Dev...

We're a small team, with big ideas, we eat sleep and dream of balls, our sole focus is on creating the world best most realistic Pool Sim, and we hope you enjoy Pool Nation as much as we enjoy making it, so we just wanted to say thank you all for your input your ideas, thoughts and suggestions they are all are invaluable to us, so keep them coming and lets make Pool Nation the best it can be, together!

Thanks guys!
CPx

About This Game

Play POOL NATION and become mesmerised by our balls, entranced by our decals & unashamedly attached to our cues, so join us please, & just have fun playing pool!! WARNING: contains addictive content!!

Pool Nation, with WORKSHOP integration AVAILABLE NOW in our Crazy Mode the Box Of Tricks (Out Now)! But fear not, Pool Nation is not just about trick-shots, Pool Nation is a serious pool sim, the heart of the game is our world renowned Physics engine, the balls will behave as they would in the real world - Fancy a game with Aiming Assist turned off - you go ahead - Play Pool Nation Your way!

With eleven addictive game modes, including the adrenaline pumping Endurance, extensive career modes and seven exciting online modes including the new Speed Pool! Not forgetting the Box of Tricks coming soon to Steam, giving you the ability to imagine, build and share your most outlandish trickshots with the world. Utilizing a variety of objects, including Ramps, Pikes, Loop the Loops and Speed up strips, the Box of Tricks is limited only by your imagination.

With Pool Nation, gameplay is king! Online or offline, the ease of control gives you the ability to pull off shots you wouldn't dream of in the real world. The balls behave exactly as they should use the table surround to create the most unbelievable trickshots and view them back in super slow mo.

The graphics are as shiny and pixel-perfect as the physics, with beautiful locations, stunning exterior landscapes, eye-catching interiors, the ability to change the time of day, and customize your games with a huge array of balls, cues and table decals creating your ideal pool playing environment. Every detail has been considered and polished, from the super-detailed table baize and deforming cushions, to the explosions of chalk dust from the cue tip.

Pool Nation - the Community's Pool Game!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7
    • Processor: Dual Core, AMD/INTEL 2.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB OF VIDEO MEMORY ATI RADEON X1600/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600/INTEL HD 2000 OR HIGHER
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
154 of 162 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Sometimes, you need a game that's frenetic, fast paced and full of chaos. You need some escapism so you get away from the humdrum of your day job by pretending to be some beefcake named Slab Rockhard blast some bugs to bits with your AK - 22.

Other times though, you need to come home, kick back, crack a brewski and chill out. Take it easy, shoot some pool like a pro and relax. That's what you have Pool Nation for. It's zero pressure, it's zero chaos. It's 100% cool, daddy-o. It's got some great physics too, so you can shoot pool and feel like a king.

Because some times, you need to come home and pretend that you're a slick mo-fo pool shark. Because if you tried to play pool in the real world, people would realize you're a 40 year old dork in dad jeans try his damnedest to look cool.

I uh...that may have gotten too personal.
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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Pool Nation isn't a perfect pool game, but it's a huge step up from what's come before. If you're not already a billiards fan, Pool Nation won't make you one. Conversely, for those dying to scratch the billiards itch, Pool Nation is sure to satisfy. An entertaining, highly varied and technically excellent pool game, even if lacking in innovation or new elements for its genre.With Pool Nation you'll get a pooling experience that you've never had before. The simulator delivers several game modes and a lot of options to choose from. Every kind of shot that you can imagine is possible to make in the game and because of that you can truly speak of a great simulator. Another big plus are the graphics, which are truly stunning for a low budget title. Overall, Cherry Pop Games's first endeavour has left us with a fantastic billiards game featuring stunning visuals, great audio and even better physics. The lengthy, albeit difficult career mode, will give you plenty of play time but perhaps for the wrong reasons. If you're looking for a realistic, stylish, and fun billiards game, Pool Nation is the cream of the crop.
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
If you are looking for a super realistic pool game, you are in the right place.

10/10 Physics
10/10 Display
10/10 Music
10/10 Game modes

Online match system is just super good, but sadly you rarely see people playing.

the only problem is that the table has a high friction, if you are a real-life pool player, you would expect balls to go a little bit further but they don't.
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I remember a few months ago when it was on sale and i thought it would be one of those games that i buy and dont even play, And even when it was only a few euros, i didnt buy it!
I was wrong....
My boyfriend remembered that moment too and he recently gifted me the game.
We've been playing it A LOT ever since.

The game looks absolutely stunning! There is so much detail in this game.
The controlles are easy to use, Its easy for beginners but you can make it more challenging for yourself if you want too, when your getting better.
There are so many options in this game which makes it an awesome pool game for everybody.
Yes, Also when you dont know anything about pooling lol.

In single mode you can unlock different Rooms, Balls, Tables and so much more.
Which is cool because you can make it totally as you want it to look, also online against your friends.
That brings me too the biggest plus of this game... The multi player option!
Playing against others works great, but the sad part is that not many people play this game which makes it not so easy to find people to play a match with.
So if you want to play it online i recommend that you find a friend on your friendlist to play it with.

This game which i thought would get boring quickly turned out to be really addictive and extremely fun.
Its even THAT good that i write a review for it and thats something that i rarely do.
Its a must have, And since its on sale again at this moment i would say its worth to give it a try.
You'll be amazed, I promise ;]
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Pool Nation is one of my favorite games on Steam. The solid gameplay and controls were not enough for Cherry Pop Games, they went ahead and added some beautiful locations each offered during day, sunset, and neon lit night time. The amazing soundtrack gets you in the mood whether you want to relax or get pumped. The game modes for single player include 3ball, 8ball, 9ball, endurance, golf, killer, rotation, speed, and straight. In addition, you can play online versus friends in a friendly match or choose to be competitive in tournament mode. The most recent update includes "box of tricks" free of charge, allowing you to create a custom trick shot that you can share with the world. This game is the complete package.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Excellent and believable pool sim. The accuracy of the ball mechanics is a real make or break for this game, and it excels in all departments. Controls are fluid and easy to learn. A few different game modes to keep everyone happy. It has 8 ball and 9 ball, as well as 'golf' etc. The balls are shiny, the tables look good and there is also a variety of locations to play in. Definiely worth every single penny i paid for. Highly recommend it!
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
“8-Ball - Corner Pocket”

‘Pool Nation’ is a fun, polished Billiards simulator and a bargain at its $1 pricetag (Steam Fall Sale 2014). Released as the maiden offering from Cherry Pop Games, it’s gorgeous visuals, multiple game modes, lengthy campaign and lots of unlockables will keep Pool fans coming back for more.

Campaign | Gameplay: Gamers have the choice of playing standard 8-ball or variations like 9-ball, Rotation, Endurance, Sudden Death etc across a variety of visually stunning locations / pool halls. A lengthy campaign mode (against AI opponents) allows you to perfect your game and strive toward numerous unlockables including new locations, pool table decals, new ball styles and cue styles. Additionally, the online mode allows you to match up with friends or other online players in single matches, Tournaments or King of the Hill events. Multiple difficulty levels (from Novice to Pro), a spot on physics engine, responsive controls, and a great soundtrack make this the best Pool game to date.

Flaws: In considering its biggest issues – 1. Game Stability is poor (Tabbing to windows results in an insta-crash) and 2. Online Gaming is largely dead (Bring your own friends). Additionally, the developers have pushed the previously promised ‘Trick Shot’ mode to the next release, and the lack of Co-op play is disappointing as well.

Overall, ‘Pool Nation’ is the best conception of a Billiards game to date and fans of the real game will find this a fun, polished distraction. But, even ardent fans soon realize that Pool without the smoky basement rooms, uneven cues, pitchers of beer, chatty girls, side-bets and bar-room trash talk, is a somewhat hollow experience. Recommended on Sale (Best played with Friends) - Rated (7/10)
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Brilliant pool game, beautiful graphics, plenty of different games to play. If you like pool you it's a must buy!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
A fantastic pool simulator. Frustratingly accurate! Turn off the assists for a proper experience but I warn you... It is frustratingly addictive. The A.I opponents will make quick work of you for making small errors in the later tournaments but it certainly isn't unfair. Just like real pool sometimes you will let your shot go & know you have messed up as soon as the cue touches the whiteball.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Pool Nation is a suprisingly good game. However annoying and cliche the music is it surpasses quite alot of the ♥♥♥♥ on steam. The gameplay works well. Physics are very good and accurate. Visually it is amazing and is an all round enjoyable game. You can play with a friend and having a nice game of pool. Are take a tournament by storm and listen to some tunes while your at it. I never thought I would buy a pool game but for £1.04 it was so worth it. It is definetely worth even £7. I recommend giving this game a go. Although it may not be a game you spend hours upon hours playing it is for sure a game worth getting. It is on the top shelf of my game cupboard not in the back rotting with the humble bundle games I say I'll get round to play but never do.
I r8 8/8 m8.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
great pool game bought it on sale for a little over £1 FANTASTIC!!!!!

great ball physics.
looks good.
no lag so far online.
controls are simple.

only one down side and thats the quitters online but thats not the games fault just bad losers :)
play with friends problem solved.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Right off the bat, one thing that will catch your attention is the variety of game types. Most billiards games like to focus only on either 8- or 9-ball. Those games are here, but they do not stop at that. Along the game, other games like Rotation and Golf are in the mix. With nine different ways currently available with Snooker and Trick coming soon, there are plenty of ways to play.

Another strong point about the game is the controls. Like in any other pool game, being able to control the cue ball is important. Most games simply allow you to aim the ball and adjust the power. Even though most games stop at this, there are more options to offer. By being able to adjust the angle of the cue stick as well as where on the cue ball to aim, it gives the option of doing jump and swerve shots, something most billiard games leave out. Additionally, with a full tutorial teaching how to do all of these moves, it does not take long before they become second nature.

Beyond all the gameplay details, a nice touch about the game is the amount of customization available. Even games that try to simulate pro billiards tend to stick to a single, sometimes sponsored look throughout the game. This one goes beyond the basics. As soon as you start a game, the highly detailed and moving locals make it feel like you are in what could be a real location. As you keep progressing, at least a dozen locals, cue sticks, ball sets, and even table decals make it that regardless your taste, there is plenty to see even from a visual standpoint.

Once the single-player game is over, there is still more to play. Through online multiplayer, it is possible to keep playing with others. It is even possible to create tournaments to learn who the best player is. However, the one drawback is that there is no local multiplayer mode available. This means that in order to play with another person in the same room, the two of you must play through a network. This feels like a major oversight. A simple hot seat patch would have made that the game could be a great party game. Even without local multiplayer, this is still a great package that any billiards fan can easily enjoy.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
At the current discount price of only € 0,99 cents it's a no brainer to get this game even if you're only slightly interested in playing pool. Beautiful graphics, believable physics, good controls, tutorial, trick shots, free mode, multiplayer or just play with a friend. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This is, without a doubt, the only pool game on steam. That's okay, because if there were others they'd just be copying what Pool Nation's doing here. Spot on physics, more game modes than you've probably ever thought of and the prettiest, most polished balls since the time I got banned from the Bowling Alley.

94/100. Only cons are that the menus can be a pain to navigate and there's no snooker.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
My opponents included a rapper, ex-prisoner, and a diamond thief who all happened to be black

10/10 would play racist stereotype pool again
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Easily the best pool game on Steam.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
90.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
great game with friends
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This game is a must buy for pool lovers!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
One of the best Pool games I have played in years. Great graphics. Great physics! Great challenges. For those who love their pool, whether it be real life or gaming, this is a must. I love my real life pool and I think this game will hone the skills I already know, as well as teach me new ones! It even comes with multiplayer!! Check this out, play it and enjoy what used to be such a social norm..... The Pool Hall! The only downside, is it has NO Snooker. I hope they will eventually include Snooker into this already great game! I give this 4 out of 5 Beers! Cheers - .Frost.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Let me just preface this review by saying I rarely ever play pool in the real world. Pool nation is easily one of the most fun games available for its price on steam, with lots of replay value but also just because its a really good game to just play a couple of matches of to wind down.

+Great graphics
+Easy to learn controls
+Several game modes and several tournaments
+Good point system
+AI become more challening as you progress through tournaments
+Good tutorial
+Some interesting characters

+/-No consequences for losing matches in tournaments

-New balls, cues, decals etc. are only unlocked by participating in minigames for which there are no instructions
-Only a handful of different locations
-The Workshop is only used to share trickshot clips

The Verdict:
8.5

A solid game which is great for a bit of fun when you need it to be.

El K.
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