Quite possibly the most realistic Snooker game to come to any gaming platform, working closely with Michaela Tabb the world’s most famous Snooker and Pool referee Big Head Games have the ultimate cue sports simulation, with easy to pickup and play controls and months of gameplay as you fight through a pro player’s career.
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Mixed (231 reviews) - 61% of the 231 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 11, 2013

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Quite possibly the most realistic Snooker game to come to any gaming platform, working closely with Michaela Tabb the world’s most famous Snooker and Pool referee Big Head Games have the ultimate cue sports simulation, with easy to pickup and play controls and months of gameplay as you fight through a pro player’s career.

Features:

  • Career mode, play a full year's calendar of events earning world ranking points. Reach world number one and win all 16 trophies.
  • Practice mode, unlimited shots with no opponent.
  • Quick Play, choose form any unlocked venue and play VS AI or VS human player in customisable games, no. of reds, no. of frames, shot clock, etc.
  • Multiple Venues, 15 tournament venues, a Rileys club venue and the exclusive 147 VIP club (score a 147 break to qualify).
  • Trophy cabinet, fill the cabinet with the 15 tournament trophies and the 147 cup.
  • Equipment upgrades, earn the right to use better cues, better cues = better control and more power. Auto Chalking.
  • Achievements, earn achievements from simply pot the pink to score a century break.
  • Multiplayer, play anyone, anywhere, anytime.
  • Real time chat. During multiplayer matches a chat window allows for "friendly" banter.
  • Replays, replay, pause, rewind, slow-mo any shot.
  • AI speed controls, no more waiting, run the AI at up to 4 times normal speed and get back to the table quicker.
  • Full Rule set, "advanced" rules such as play on and free ball.
  • Balanced AI, produces a smooth difficulty curve based on your skill, world ranking and your current match status.
  • Custom built Physics engine, including spin options for swerve and back spin.
  • Referee, voice over calling scores, fouls, player intro, etc. voiced by the world famous referee Michaela Tabb.
  • Realistic crowd AI and ambience fx, reacting to the gameplay such as long shots and near misses.
  • Stats, a record of your progress and good and bad percentages, also used for multiplayer skill level balancing.
  • 8ball UK, 8ball US and 9ball pool modes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core - 2 * 2000 Mhz (or similar AMD)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X700 or GeForce 6500
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible sound card.
    Recommended:
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible sound card.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Well, I'm saying this as someone who isn't into Snooker as a spectator at all, this game is a fun thing to pass the time with.

Can't vouch for how accurate the simulation is, but I enjoy it!
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54 of 65 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
Got a key a little while ago from a bundle i bought over a year ago. I thought i would give it a go as i used to quite like snooker.
Glad i did as it's a very fun and polished little game. It is very easy to pick up and play for someone like me that knows the rules of snooker and have played it a bit but am also a pretty rubbish player:)
There are lots of tournaments to enter and credits to be won. You can then spend them on upgrades, different cues, auto-chalk and the like. The AI is pretty good, doesn't cheat and does make mistakes. Obviously it gets better the further you get in a tourny but the difficutly is nicely curved.
The graphics are good as are the sound effects. A special mention goes to the crowd. They ohh and ahhh when you miss and pot a difficult shot you'll be met with a cheer. You'll even hear them cry 'go on my son' and cough. And too much noise will be met with a shhh from the ref.

If you like snooker even a bit you will enjoy this game. It's addictive and fun. I recommend picking it up on sale at least. Oh and it has pool too.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
This is not a game I can honestly recommend with a clear conscience, although people looking for a Snooker simulation on Steam are going to find their options sorely limited; this is in fact the only one, but there are so many things that don't feel right with this game.

The AI difficulty can vary wildly within the same match, and even within the same frame, going from missing shots you'd think were unmissable to clearing the table unless you snooker your opponent on the break. The AI has no concept of shot selection either - in one example, the computer opponent had potted a red and ended up in the jaws of the middle pocket, completely unable to see pink and black. He them promptly nominated black (despite having an easy blue he could drop in to the opposite middle) and proceeded to play the cue ball directly into the jaw of the middle pocket, sending it careering around the table and missing everything. This happened 3 times in a row, at which point I was awarded the frame. Laughably bad.

Michaela Tabb, bless her heart. She's a good referee and a likable character on the Snooker and Pool circuit, but there's no visual representation of her in-game at all; she's been reduced to a disembodied voice with about as much emotion in her tone as GLaDOS in Portal. In some instances, the game doesn't even get the scores right - on more than one occasion, I've potted a red, followed by a pink (for a break of 7), only for the game to proudly announce that I'm on a break of 6. The only thing stopping poor Michaela from turning in her grave is that she isn't actually dead.

Sending the cue-ball in-off is a common occurrence, but one that seemingly happens at random, completely irrespective of how careful or otherwise you're playing. There is no consistency with shot power, with a 100% power shot sending the cue ball all the way around the table twice, but a 40% power shot is rarely enough to even pot the black off its spot.

Animations of the crowd clapping are horribly and obviously looped, the player character is never seen and has no character model, so you can forget about character customisation aside from the name, and the opposing player is only ever seen sat down at the side of the table while you make your break. Obviously it was too much to ask to animate a model of someone walking around a snooker table and playing a shot.

If you want a good snooker game on the PC, avoid this and buy Virtual Pool 4, which has a fantastic snooker game mode.
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
As a huge fan of regular snooker, both playing at amateur level in my local club or pub and watching and enjoying top flight competition – I am disappointed with this dreadful attempt to bring snooker to Steam.

Immediately this game is presented more like a final year project and the short-falls are painfully obvious from the get go.

- Full of bugs
- Balls appearing in pockets mysteriously
- Child like understanding of the rules of the game
- Zero ability to finesse shot choice
- Ball physics give little to no satisfaction, with the side / swerve / spin apparently just included because it should be.

I can’t recommend this even for the €2 in the sales – it is truly dreadful and frustrating.

Playtime: 57 minutes
Refund Requested
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
778.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
for me having played the real game and having tried many other so called snooker/pool games have found this version simply brilliant. Yes there are the odd blip, like not being able to move around the table when white is in the 'D' following a foul. so here is my negative list;

Multiplayer very difficult to find players - I would recommend setting up a dedicated data base that shows when people are active that way we could dip in and out. Develop an a web snooker league through steam. I have started a group so if you play snooker please join.

The 3 miss rule, this seems wrong my understanding is player can hit an object ball but chooses not to then miss is called.

not being able to travel around table to see all angles

a change of referree and maybe a comentary?

so not a lot wrong really the points above are basic and could be rectified especially in any new upgrade. I hope that Bighead games do launch the new addition for PC

So for me i love it, great allround play, realistic so anyone not happy remember we are not the Rocket!!!!

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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
This is the best sonooker i've played in a long while , It's a shame there is no local online option like you would get on ipad and I also think the multi player is bit lame ..Never mind if you're not into online then this snooker is sure great fun to play, very realistic. Not bad for the price.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
I do enjoy a game of pixel based snooker and pool and have played many different games over the years, from classics such as Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker and Archer Maclean's Pool to World Championship Snooker and Virtual Pool 3. Over the past few years I've found my enjoyment from online game iSnooker, but the high price and lack of improvements in that game have meant I've given up on it forever. So, having given International Snooker a couple of long sessions, where does it stand on the scale? Unfortunately, a far, far way from the top.

The interface for thisg ame is just poor beyond words. You can only cycle through frames, for example, by clicking on the field through all the options and if you go past the option yuo want, you have to click all the way through again to get to where you want. An option to just cycle up AND down would have been an obvious choice here. The menus are like this for everything and quickly become frustrating. Furthermore, most game modes are locked from the beginning and can only be unlocked by winning tournaments, so if you're keen to play pool more than snooker, you're going to have to play a lot of snooker for the privilege.

The gameplay itself does not fare much better. The camera options are limited to overhead and table level, which is pretty standard, but during a shot you have no control and the AI picks the most awkward angles to show the shots from. Pots that would be impossible in real life - and would indeed not even be attempted by the top pros - can be pulled off with ease here whilst the AI play is erratic at best. Black off the spot? Not if a thin cut pink to the green pocket that offers worse position for the next red is there for the taking. Of course that doesn't matter, as an equally outrageous red will then be pulled off the AI, who will then miss a simple black off the spot in what is a real Jekyll and Hyde display. Perhaps the pink up to baulk was the right shot after all?

The whole thing just feels like a huge step backwards from the games that have come before it. This is tedious, processional snooker at its most basic and uninspiring, and a game I simply can't find any reason to recommend to anyone.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
If you are a fan of Snooker, you will appreciate this title, as the physics are fairly true to form. Since this is only a simulation, the game has to be a little forgiving in certain areas...namely that the rounded pockets seem to allow balls to "bank in" more than in real life. It's great that you can unlock other forms of pool simply by completing in-game challenges, rather than having to pay for them. There are no Steam achievements, but the in-game trophies are fun to earn. The best part of this game is the online community; you can learn a lot from your multiplayer partners.


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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
216.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
If you are after a snooker sim, this is the game for you.. Smooth shots, smooth ball movement and very nice environment. Absolutely great in those respects.. However, lazy devs, have completely and utterly failed to produce a two player game that has any kind of reliable multi player. If you want to play vs AI then your laughing, if you want to play against another human? best of luck with that. I have played maybe 5 vs games online in the 30 plus hours of game play on steam and they mean nothing anyhow so people just concede on you mid break.. such a shame, lazy attitude towards multiplayer on a two player game by the dev team means that i cant recommend this title with a clear conscience.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
This has to be the worst snooker game ever made, and a real contender for one of the worst games ever made in general. Don't be tempted by this even if it is on sale at 1p or less. Total total rubbish.

I want it gone from my Game Library but after going through the refund process and stating clearly that I did not want my money back, just the thing removing from my account, I received an e-mail saying refund refused and the thing is back in my list. I don't want it, I don't want my money back, I just want it gone, FOREVER!!!


Update : It has gone forever, we now have the option to delete titles like this from our libraries :)
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zero
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
havin to add randomers to steam friends list via forum threads for multi player makes this game really bad why no in build player search added.
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TheCadeyNation
14.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
I do Love snooker, but i see very little Realism to this game in what universe does a Professional Snooker Player pot such rediculous balls, for example the red and white were literally impossible to cut in, as they were glued to each other in impossible angles, yet the ai still cut it in. The White get's sucked in when ever it goes close to a pocket for 99p it's fine but for £9.99 it's horrible.
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Flakeyskin
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
Nobody would play this game even if free. Piece of ♥♥♥♥ mobile game.
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Constantine
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
good game
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Motherbear
5.2 hrs
Posted: September 21
very good game lots of fun
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Black_Rain_Ordnance
35.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
Find it hard to recommend this attempt of a Snooker game mainly based on the dice being firmly placed on the incredible AI's ability to find a way out of nearly every impossible situation it finds itself in, however for the price it passes an hour or so away,but wouldn't class it as a serious attempt at a top end snooker game
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GriMM.
28.2 hrs
Posted: September 3
Good game to pass the time !!!
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brian.beckett15
486.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
In general a good game but, once every now and then it tells you you have hit the wrong ball, we all know if i have scored a colour a red is next, also if ihave scored a red a colour must be next.
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sCriv
145.5 hrs
Posted: August 10
Bought this game for £10 and it's definitely worth that. A fun, chilled game that you can play to pass the odd hour here and there with no real effort. A bit like Minesweeper, but better. If you're looking for anything more, IE - a realistic snooker sim with depth, then don't bother. If you're looking for a bit of a laugh for the odd hour or two, then this is perfect.
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