Pool Party (Wii) Review

By James Temperton 09.08.2008 6

Review for Pool Party on Wii

You can often smell a bad game from a mile off. It will normally have a fairly unimaginative name and a tedious subject matter, the box-art will be ugly as hell and it will have all the style and good looks of a toad that someone has shoved a permed wig on before furiously vomiting all over. Not good. This game then, is the very definition of terrible. In this review we'll be going over all its major flaws as we get very annoyed at the sheer volume of hideous games appearing on the Wii. We're very unimpressed...

First up, this isn't a Wii game. It is worse than free-to-play Flash based games you can find all over the Internet. It makes terrible use of the Wii-mote with the unresponsive controls leading you to believe that Satan truly does walk among us and his form is a budget-price pool game for a Nintendo home console system. The whole game just doesn't work.

In terms of production values, this game is seriously lacking. The whole interface looks like someone made it for one of those awesome arcade games you used to play in 1990. Except this game isn't awesome. It is tedious, badly made and truly awful in every conceivable way. The game focuses around all sports relating to hitting balls around a table. There are various different forms of pool and even snooker to 'enjoy', so you simply select your game mode, select which room to play it in (including something that looks a bit like a brothel, which is worrying), which table to play on, which cue to use, which music to have and which character you will use. Dull.

The music will make you rip your eyes out, stuff them in your ears and then shove your head in the microwave to make it stop and leave you alone. One track will loop for the entire game, over and over again. Each time a new player comes to the table someone rings what sounds like a cow-bell and when you leave the table and the game shows you the score of your break it does a 'du-du-dum-cha' drum roll for some reason. This makes no sense.

Screenshot for Pool Party on Wii

Graphically it looks like someone forgot. And no, that isn't a typo. It does actually look like someone forgot to do the graphics. This game is just so unbelievably ugly. During a game the giant face of your selected character floats mysteriously in the corner taking up half the screen and preventing you from seeing most of the table. The lighting doesn't quite make sense and the textures have all run away to find something better to do. It is so bland, so unimaginative and such a waste of our time that we're almost lost for words.

Almost. We could perhaps excuse it sounding terrible and looking terrible if it let us play some games of pool on the Wii in a vaguely realistic and fun way. But it doesn't. It crashes every two seconds; it's one of the buggiest games we've ever encountered. A nice example is the top-down view of the table that is rather handy for getting an overview of what's going on...were it not for a large structure of what looks like girders blocking your view. Why are they there? We have no idea. Likewise, try to swing the camera around when you're taking on a shot from the ends of the table in certain rooms and you'll get stuck behind a rather large black 'wall'. Argh.

Any game that happily proclaims on its box an 'immersive sound environment that enhances the gameplay experience' is going to fall onto problems. There really isn't a lot to do in this game aside from play different forms of pool, and even that sucks. You can unlock new cues and other items, but for some reason whenever you save something it disappears the next time you come to play. We could go on complaining about all the things wrong with this game for days, but we've got better things to do with our lives and undoubtedly so do you.

Screenshot for Pool Party on Wii

Cubed3 Rating

1/10
Rated 1 out of 10

Awful

We really wanted to give it a 0/10, but it does actually exist and that is surely enough to warrant it getting 1/10. Needless to say, this game is terrible. It is the sort of game that reaches inside your chest and rips out your soul before doing a badly choreographed jig on it. It fails in every conceivable area and has no redeeming factors. Put simply, the lousiest, most terrible, ugly, hideous and downright insulting game we've ever had the displeasure to play.

Developer

SouthPeak

Publisher

SouthPeak

Genre

Sport

Players

2

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  1/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

hahahaha "no one wants this game"

the review almost makes me want to play it to see how bad it is. Only I know I would cry at how bad it is if I did...

Co-founder of the PDSLB - Pink DS Lite Buddies Fraz: Cheerios are made from fairy orgasms.

Yeah same here. It's one of those games where you read the review and become too curious about "just how bad can it be?" with the unfortunate aim to play it yourself just to see. I think I'll refrain and take your word for it.

The shovelware seems to be getting worse and worse all the time... I don't believe I've seen so many negative reviews on C3 in such quick succession. And you guys don't even get paid!

If there was a virtual medal made out of binary I could give to you guys over the net, I would.


I think you deserve a holiday after reviewing this Tempo Smilie

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I rather play this then real Pool ANYDAY!

Smilie

I'd probably be better at this than real pool. Smilie

when balls hit near the top middle pocket they can stop dead on the spot rather than rolling on slower to come to a stop sometimes they jump a bit too.

we got all the music unlocked and now get nothing else unlocked for some reason seems like that stopped working.

now we played 13 ball pool and both got 60 points , then the game comes to a standoff, we can do nothing now as the game continues but with only a cue ball to play with, a bit pointless, seems like several faults inside this game.

FTguyNES (guest) 27.04.2016#6

Obviously James Temperton never played this game otherwise he would have noticed :
 There are various different forms of pool and even snooker to 'enjoy', so you simply select your game mode, select which room to play it in (including something that looks a bit like a brothel, which is worrying), which table to play on, which cue to use, which music to have and which character you will use. Dull.

There are 13 game modes available in the game, selecting your table, the room, the cue, the ball set are of course basic options, what did you expect ? Select your car or engine ?

One track will loop for the entire game, over and over again.

Plain wrong, the game has 31 audio tracks, some available right at the start, some will be unlocked as you play. The interface must be so arcade than "SELECT MUSIC" did not ring some bell to the reviewer.

it crashes every two seconds; it's one of the buggiest games we've ever encountered.

Another wrong statement, crashing means the game should not be responsive and you need to reboot your wii, the game does not crash every 2 seconds, that is another blatant attempt to spread wrong information.

Likewise, try to swing the camera around when you're taking on a shot from the ends of the table in certain rooms and you'll get stuck behind a rather large black 'wall'. Argh.

Obviously the reviewer did not see that he can zoom in and out.
 

You can unlock new cues and other items, but for some reason whenever you save something it disappears the next time you come to play.

Once again, the reviewer did not mention that selecting "Continue" will allow you to load your save data and ..continue.

My conclusion is a very poor review of the game with a clear attempt to shot it down.

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