Snooker Stars Makes Physics Plenty of Fun
There is a certain degree of finesse in snooker that is not found in US pool games, and that is because the game focuses on more than just the haphazard potting of all the balls in play -but of the selective process in which you can do so. Alternating between the reds and colors is not an easy task, those new to the concept of pool will often find themselves with a cue ball stopping at bad positions. Indeed, this game forces players to learn effective ball control early on, because that is the only way that one really gets good at snooker.
Lots of Reds, Colors Return
These two are the basics of snooker and as you alternate potting red and colored balls, you earn points. Each red ball awards 1 point when potted and colored balls provide different points (black balls are the highest with 7 points). One a ball has been hit, it is consider ""on"" and it must be the one potted, this means that if you accidentally pot more than one colored ball in a shot, it is counted as a foul. To win a game of snooker, you must earn more points than your opponent. This means that winning is more than just blindly potting balls, but ensuring that you actually pot the right balls.
And so comes the importance of ball control. While in traditional billiards, a strong shot may give you the chance to luckily drop more balls, this is not a desirable outcome for snooker. Understanding the effects of spin and shot strength on the cue ball is important if you want to have a good shot lined up every time. Even when you are potting balls, you must constantly be aware of where the cue ball will roll to afterwards -if you can be mindful of these factors, winning the game, and possibly getting a 147 is possible.
For those wondering, a 147 is the kind of game where a player does not make a single mistake and manages to pot the black ball during the colors turn all the time. This is because the black ball rewards 7 points -the highest of all colored balls. Being able to do this will earn the player a total of 147 points, which is the highest possible score in the game. By that logic, a player who manages to score over 74 points in a regular match is likely to win the game.
Anyway, yes, snooker is a little more complex than billiards, and competitive snooker adds several layers more unto that. Getting used to the game requires a lot of practice especially if you are more used to the more straightforward approach of billiards. Mastering the game naturally means having to spend the time to get used to spins and other important aspects of pool physics.
Stars and Sparkles
Snooker Stars is not as flashy as the title suggests, but it is a visually pleasing game. It gets even more engaging as the game progresses and you see all the little visual details like the dynamic shadows and the way that the context sensitive trajectory lines are imposed on the board as you line up a shot. There are some strange bits though, like the empty spectator seats that make us wonder where all the applause sound bites are supposed to be coming from (the most popular working theory we have is that the audience is constantly shifting seats to be right behind the camera all the time). But all in all, the game is easy on the eyes, which is important since you will need to be visually aware of all the balls in play.
The true star of the game, is without a doubt, the physics -at no point does the game ever try to give you a lecture, but all the key aspects and theories are there. In fact, it is possible for the game to fully provide players with a working understanding of physics without having to divulge a single scientific term -the entire focus of the game is on playing snooker, nothing else. And that, by our standards, makes Snooker Stars as a game that is certainly worth trying out.