Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC
Publisher: Blue Ribbon / CDS
Developer: CDS Microsystems
Submitted by: Ash H
At the time of this games release, Steve Davis was the most successful snooker player in the world. The question is, did his name go to a game worthy of it? With it being 1984 and computer games being quite limited at the time, the answer is yes.
This is a one or two player game with the table being viewed from above. Most snooker games were like this on the 8-bit machines, it was not until the early nineties that 3d snooker evolved. All the balls are correctly coloured and if you had a cpc with a green screen, the balls were numbered instead. Should you be playing on your own, all the computer does is keep score, count how many visits you have to the table and count up the points of all the foul shots you make. There is no option to play the computer which is a let down.
The game itself is cursor control. You aim at the desired ball, decide on how much power you want and then if you want to put spin on the cueball. Pot a red ball then press the number of the coloured ball you wish to pot next. Practise will make you a better player and should get a break of over ten, you can enter your name in the hall of fame. Steve Davis himself has the top break of just thirty so it is quite possible. What sound there is in the game is very poor but that can be turned off on the main menu.
So that is it. Probably the best snooker game on the Amstrad and it came out in the first year. There were only half a dozen snooker games on the CPC but they failed to do any better.