Pure Pool is a pool game for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Offering an accessible, arcade style take on pool, this is a great way to pass a spare few minutes, and has a pretty substantial amount of single player stuff to dig your teeth into.
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With both single and multiplayer modes on offer, you can test your skill against a wide range of computer controlled opponents, play against someone in the same room in local multiplayer, or send out a challenge online to someone on the other side of the globe. The single player mode is particularly expansive - with six leagues, each split into five tournaments, made out of between half a dozen and a dozen games, there's loads to do here - and several challenge modes, which put a different spin on the pool rules, to try out too.
In terms of accessibility, Pure Pool sets the barriers pretty low. There's a handy on screen arrow showing you where the cue ball will go when you strike it, while a yellow line shows you the direction the ball it hits will head off in. In fact, pretty much the only obstacle younger players may have is in the control scheme. Controlled entirely on the analogue sticks, with the left stick setting the direction, and the right setting your power (pull the stick back to set the power, push it forwards to take the shot), there's a fair amount of precision motor control required here, which takes a bit of getting used to. If you only want to put a little bit of power behind your shot, you'll have to pull the stick back ever so gently, and it can be tough to get it right.
Still, most children shouldn't have too many problems with this, and if they like snooker or pool, they should have a good time here.
As a pool simulation, there's nothing for parents to worry about here - no blood, gore or violence at all.
Format Reviewed: Playstation 4