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.
User reviews: Mixed (146 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 11, 2013
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"Lash and Kouen take their cues to continue their gaming, this time with International Snooker. A game of which the title accurately covers the content"
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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.
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
this game is soooo bad... i want them to pay me £9.99 for me to have it on my hard drive!
joke aside..
The AI cheats...
The aim is very unrealistic a 50% shot will cover the table, a 49% will only make it half way..
Pockets have invisible goal keepers.
I could go on and on.. I liked it first... then when i soberd up, I hate it!...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
If you're not fussed about the ball physics and don't mind an Arcade style Snooker game, I suppose it's okay.

For people that want a pure simulation style game, I would recommend avoiding this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
The AI is simply too good, difficulty can't be adjusted. You basically end up watching the AI clean up the table and rack up all the points while you have nothing to do. You can go to a local pool hall and watch others play for free, why simulate it?
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
This game is utter cack... I've played more realistic snooker games on the Atari ST back in 1991. This "game" should be condemned to hell.

Don't buy, Just do not buy!

The experience this game provides is much akin to when I got my foot eaten off by french hostages in vietnam.

Again

Don't buy, Just do not buy!
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