Snooker is a table sport enjoyed by millions around the world. And when that sport comes to your phone, it’s bound to gain popularity. 8 Ball Pool is a game available in both the Google Play Store and Apple Store for snooker fans. It first arrived as an in-app game on Facebook and the website MiniClip.com. Now, 8 Ball Pool is the number one trending game on the Play Store.
Sure, we can argue that a mere app does not substitute for the actual sport but its addicting gameplay, multiple features and bonuses make it a game that can get us hooked for months!
Signing up for the game is simple – you can either sign in with your Google Play account, your Facebook account, you MiniClip account or as a guest. Of course, as a guest you won’t be able to experience the game in its entirety. Engage in an online 1-on-1 match or a tournament with players around the world. Its online playing feature is what makes 8 Ball Pool such an attractive game. But if you don’t want to play with random strangers, you can always challenge a Facebook friend to a duel at the table. Or you could choose to play offline against the computer.
The gameplay is easy: you choose your cue, aim and fire at your desired level of force. The game is played horizontally on the screen which makes it much more immersive and life-like.
What’s great about 8 Ball Pool is not only its online multiplayer mode but customization features as well. After all, if the game didn’t offer uniqueness or customization, it wouldn’t have gained the fame it has. The app offers players to choose and buy different cues all with their own properties. You start off with a beginner’s cue but once you have enough coins, you can purchase a cue of your choice. Each cue has a particular force, spin, aim and time characteristic making the sport much more than a game of luck and chance.
The app also offers customized avatars to give you an identity but they have to be bought with coins or cash. Another interesting feature in the app is the leaderboard tab. The leaderboard shows off all the best players around the world, in your league, in your country and amongst your friends. The better you get and the higher your level is, the higher you are on the scoreboard. This element of competition makes the game seriously addicting.
8 Ball Pool not only has the classic snooker sport but a set of fun mini games as well. The mini games are based on chance and help you gain more coins and cash. Plus, you get a free spin in the wheel of fortune with every daily login. But there’s a catch – a lot of the features in the app require actual money and purchases. So while on the outlook the game is free, players are forced to make heavy in-app purchases to better their chances at getting at a higher level.
The mini games, for example, are not all free. You need a set amount of cash or coins to unlock the surprise boxes or use the scratch cards. Even the Spin and Win wheel isn’t completely free except for the one spin you get to have on a daily login. Coins and cash in the game can be bought by actual money as can the top level cues.
The flipside is that you do get a small number of coins for free by watching advertisement videos. But even those are not enough to buy you a brand new cue. What’s our take on it? The app is fun and addicting; we can’t deny that. The fact that it is so popular amongst both Android and iOS players means that the in-app purchases might not be too big of a problem.
If you’re a fan of cue sports, 8 Ball Pool is an app that has to be in your phone. Compete with players around the world or challenge a friend to a battle today!
8 Ball Pool is one of the top apps in the Sports app category, which belongs to Miniclip.com. It's last update was on November 22, 2017 and it has been already downloaded 5,000,000 - 10,000,000 times. On the app store it has now 12,441,598 reviews. After you get to 8 Ball Pool page on the app store, click install & enjoy it.