Review: MacPool for Mac has good game mechanics -- not an active online community

Play several types of pool games with your friends on the same Mac or over the Web.

Featuring realistic physics, MacPool for Mac lets you enjoy the popular pool games 9-Ball, 8-Ball, 3 Balls, 14:1, and Snooker. However, while handling pass-and-play and online modes well, it lacks a single-player option. This paid app comes with a free version that shows ads in a creative way: It embeds logos into the pool table.

When launched, MacPool quickly checks for and installs software updates, if any, after which you're ready to play. Regardless of what game you play, you'll be limited to a 2D view, looking over the table. The graphical ads, embedded in the table's top, are done tastefully and do not detract from the experience. Sometimes, however, you are taken to a bothersome signup screen if you accidentally click on the ad. While this game does feature two online modes and a pass-and-play mode, there is no single-player option available, which would not have been a problem if there were plenty of online players around. But that's not the case; playing with a random person is almost impossible. It only seems possible that you can invite another player if they are online at the moment and you know their nickname. As far as game options are concerned, MacPool lets you choose the type of game, narrator, sound settings (music and volume), and lets you customize the looks of the pool table.

MacPool won't disappoint you if you're searching for a decent pool game to play with friends. But due to its social skew and currently non-existent online community, as well as the lack of a single-player mode, you can't really enjoy it. So make sure you have someone to play it with.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MacPool for Mac 11.0.2.

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