Billiards for Mac

Billiards for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 6 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.1
File Size:
38.96MB
Date Added:
January 10, 2014
Price:
Free to try (10 consecutive shots per game. No games limiation); $4.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
11,311
Downloads Last Week:
7
Product ranking:
#8 in Sports Games
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Billiards for Mac offers a fun gaming experience if you love shooting pool and want a fun way to kill time. No matter which type of billiards you enjoy, whether it be 8-Ball, 9-Ball, or Snooker, this app has something for you. The engaging gameplay will draw you in right away.

With its well-rendered graphics, Billiards for Mac looks quite good. The pool table, itself, has a good design, and you can view it from almost every direction you want -- a feature we really liked. At the bottom, a large mock-up of the cue ball allows you to designate the spin on the ball. To take a shot, you just have to click and drag from the cue ball. While the mouse controls function well, the trackpad does not respond properly to commands, making it practically useless. We liked the game's physics and ball movements, both of which simulate the real game well. On the downside, the music playing in the background is somewhat obtrusive, but you can dismiss it.

As a simulator of the actual sport, Billiards for Mac does a good job, offering many game types. While it's true that it does suffer from some minor control glitches, we think you should still give it a try, provided of course that you have a mouse. If you love pool, you'll love this game.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Billiards for Mac 8.0.

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  • 2 stars

    "Still only one view. There are better ones out there."

    February 08, 2011   |   By maji13

    Version: Billiards 6.0

    Pros

    clear graphics, much improved.

    Cons

    Seems slow, and only one view to shoot with. Too expensive for the lack of real playing features.

    Summary

    Needs a lot of work to match up with the others out there.

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  • 5 stars

    "very realistic and helpful to learn the game."

    October 28, 2009   |   By reedalps

    Version: Billiards 5.1

    Pros

    Asking for the pocket and which ball will go there is a challange but makes it a real help in learning how to make the shot....repeat the shot is helful too

    Cons

    Sometimes cannot pull stick back far enough to get more roll out of the que ball.

    Summary

    Just a very realistic game in color, action, and equipment.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Program!"

    May 08, 2009   |   By joebobj

    Version: Billiards 5.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have actually played this game and it is a solid piece of programming. Billiards is very realistic, good physics and sound effects and is reasonably priced. It is as close to playing on a real table as you can get on a computer screen. Future improvements: ability to change view angle on the table and length of shot vector not affected by screen size.

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  • 1 stars

    "Ridiculous"

    May 08, 2009   |   By [PTX]

    Version: Billiards 5.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    an outrageously overpriced 2D-only game with unrealistic physics and a clunky interface, all that for 20$


    Thanks again baKno for another "gem"

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  • 5 stars

    "COOL !"

    November 03, 2008   |   By Moonwatcher

    Version: Billiards 3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a great game, and for less than $20 you get all these games. Simulation is very good, so are the options to play. It would be great if we can control the cue ball with more options, and also view the table "vertically" instead of horizontally all the time. But it's very enjoyable as is.
    Great work....keep it up.

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  • 5 stars

    "Superior Simulation"

    October 23, 2008   |   By Ray Bentsen

    Version: Billiards 3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Just to clarify, Billiards v3.1 now includes all five games, and players can choose either a Practice mode or Match mode (to play against a second person in the same room) in any of the games. Instructions on how to play each game are included.

    The graphics in Billiards are all rendered in superior 3D, and in addition to the ball movement, the table also shows real-time ball shadows and glare. There are even realistic sound effects, and current scores are always visible.

    Because of the processor power needed, however, I would not recommend Billiards for any Mac of the G4 era, or older. But on an iMac G5, for example, this game "rocks".

    And customer support is excellent ... in my experience always getting same day response.

    Billiards can be tried for free, and the purchase price is very reasonable ... especially since you are really getting five different games!

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