gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game is very disappointing. Playing pool on the Wii should include more than just lightly thrusting the Wiimote forward. The Wii is defined by its unique controller and this game takes no advantage of it at all aside from pointing at the screen to arrange your shot. Even this can be done by the digital pad. The amount of unlockables is a plus in this game, but still this change the lack of quality controls. I personally prefer WiiPlay pool where the Wiimote is utilized more like a pool stick not just a plain controller.
posted by BrianSmith (SAN MARCOS, TX) Sep 16, 2007
Member since Jul 2007
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
The main problem with Pool Party is the controls, which is the only factor that really matters when you are playing pool.
Power is almost impossible to control. The power meter flies up and down with the most subtle movements. The ball physics are not even close to real. Wii Play has better ball physics in their billiards game. Don't worry about bottom english, your cue ball almost stops when it hits other balls. Left and right english cause the ball to curve wildly rather than causing the cue ball to spin and imparts spin to other balls. If a ball comes vaguely close to a hole, it drops in. Don't worry about the fact that the ball is going way too fast and should have bounced off and out of the pocket. Getting an overhead view of the table requires going to a menu and cycling through camera angles. And, to add insult to injury, when you scratch, it actually gives you the same message it does when a normal ball goes in, as if it were a good thing that you scratched.
The simple fact that this game is unplayable as pool is enough to give it a very poor rating, but the horrid music and the exceedingly annoying background noises that persist when the music is off really hammer home the lowest possible rating.
The physics were okay... and that was pretty much it, the music selection was terrible, I would rather be stuck in an elevator listening to Liza Minelli for a few hours than play 10 minutes with this game.
What is the point of selecting a hot blond as your character when you can't even watch her bend over the table?
For a Wii game... they sure didn't take advantage of the mobility of the play controls, I would have liked to to see more. I would send this back to gamefly today, but sadly the mail has already gone.