There are so many great games for Android phones these days, that making something that stands out is a daunting task. No longer is a catchy gameplay hook, or flashy graphics enough, as the competition is intense! Luckily, Beyond Pool 3D Hole in One covers all its bases, with a game that is not just fun to play, but is also stunning to look at, great to listen to, and a generally great all round package. It's kept me entertained for hours and I still have huge numbers of levels to work though!
The first thing to get out of the way is that this isn't your typical game of pool or billiards - this isn't the pool you play down at the local pub over a few pints. Instead, this is more akin to mini-golf, though with the objective being to get a hole in one every single time. The concept is very simple - take aim, pull back, and release and try to get the ball in the hole. If you want to go for a 'bonus' you can try and collect a star on the way, though it isn't necessary.
Now this may sound simple (and at first it is!), but as the levels progress the obstacles in your way get increasingly more complex to navigate. What starts out as a few bumpers or planks of wood turns into rocks, jumps, abstract shapes practical mazes to bounce around. If you had more than one shot up your sleeve it would of course be very easy, but that would be an entirely different game and that's not what the developers were after with Beyond Pool 3D!
Instead, players are force to utilize trial and error to learn how a ball will react to a course and get the perfect combination of powers and angles to both collect the 'star'bonus points and land the ball in the hole. To assist, for a few seconds after every shot a feint line shows the course of then previous ball, allowing players to adjust their aim and power for a more successful outcome. Don't go thinking this game is a walk in the park though, as some of the levels are devilishly hard!
In addition to the addictive, 'just one more try' style of gameplay that is prevalent on good mobile games, Beyond Pool 3D looks amazing. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous and will really show off the power of your high end devices! Even more impressive is the dynamic camera, which tracks the ball from behind, taking the viewer along for the ride as shots progress. It's really impressive and a great way to get down and close to the action - though also making it easier to get a sense of scale which is useful for the more difficult courses that involve jumps and very fine angles.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the amount of content on offer here. There are a variety of 'themes' to the courses, ranging from simple planks as obstacles, to spheres, to ramps, to forest-like environments with uneven rocks and tree trunks. Within each themed category there are countless levels - more than I got even close to finishing! Trust me - if you want a game to keep you entertained for a long time, then this is it - and to top it off, it is all for free!
In short, Beyond Poll 3D Hole in One is a truly great android games, getting a well deserved 9/10 on Droid App of the Day. Check it out!
In the words of the developer:
Welcome to the "Beyond Pool 3D" !