Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 15 out of 19
  1. There isn't much to get excited about with Pocket Pool. Not even the models and their cheesy videos are likely to scintillate you.
  2. 40
    A poor billiards game through and through...Stick to real pool halls, where you'll at least have a chance at scoring an actual phone number.
  3. Pocket Pool is just another miserable attempt at using sex to sell a terrible game. While there aren’t many billiard options for the PSP, pool fans should look elsewhere and avoid the embarrassment of their girlfriend catching them playing with it.
  4. No amount of skimpy girls can save this abortion of a game. It fails at pool, it fails to titillate save for in the most basic of ways, it just plain fails. Period.
  5. You can disrupt the opponent while they “think” about their shot – it’s a nice touch, but they “think” for several seconds before every shot, dragging the game to a crawl. The character portraits get in the way, and if you turn them off, your power meter goes away too.
  6. Players will find tiring game play that doesn't make proper use of the PSP's digital pad, while putting up with some of the lamest opponents imaginable. Worse yet, the ball physics waver all over the place and the artificial intelligence attempts shots that would get it laughed out of a real pool hall.
  7. Dodgy ball-physics misery. [July 2007, p.114]
  8. A better-than-expected billiards and snooker sim can be found under the somewhat sleezy, “Skinemax” softcore wrapping.
  9. Sure there are better pool games out there and sure this won't beat a free subscription to the Victoria Secret's catalog (it's amazing what the those bras can do isn't it?) but as a budget title you can do a lot worse if you enjoy moving a load of balls around or peeping the ladies.
  10. Ignoring all else in favor of the pool games themselves, Pocket Pool is a fun, pick-up-and-play pool title with more features and better controls than you'd expect, accessible to both pool fans and casual gamers alike.
  11. Pocket Pool is the perfect billiards experience for those who enjoy fondling their cue stick.
  12. Pocket Pool has many problematic areas. If you are fan of pool games, there are simply much better options available.
  13. Not only does Pocket Pool miserably fail to deliver an enjoyable game of billiards, but its attempts at titillation are more depressing than anything else.
  14. We all know that sex sells, especially when it comes to nerdy, dateless, video gamers. But when you use sex to sell a totally broken and dysfunctional game built on a sport that I truly love, well, you have gone too far.
  15. If this were a $5 download via the PlayStation Store, Pocket Pool might not be the worst way to get your kicks while taking a trip. It’d still be a torture of a game though. At any higher dollar amount, it isn’t worth approaching.
  16. There are some other amusing so-good-it's-bad features, like the selection of awful porno music or the quasi-sulty voiceovers in the tutorial.
  17. Pocket Pool largely fails as a billiards simulation, and completely fails as a source of titillation. Go to the local pool hall and talk to some flesh and blood women instead.
  18. 15
    If Pocket Pool developer Hyper-Devbox were really smart, it would stop beating around the bush and come up with an Official PSP Porn Viewer, with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from iPhoto. Masquerading this nonsense around as a game that people are expected to pay money for when pool halls are cheap, photos of women are free, and good PSP games are plentiful -- well, it's embarrassing for everyone involved.
  19. 40
    The ball physics are floaty for one, forcing the ball to roll either too much (into a pocket) or not enough (to make contact with a target ball). Worse yet, the AI-fueled opponent can be off the charts.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. BenC
    May 4, 2007
    2
    the game is just bad. the physics are awful, a ball moving at an angle can bounce off the side at the wrong resulting angle, and momentum can the game is just bad. the physics are awful, a ball moving at an angle can bounce off the side at the wrong resulting angle, and momentum can be transfered perfectly from one ball to another. like the other reviews said, things don't make sense. not enough time was put into helping the gamer have fun. games made from movies are better than this game. don't waste your time (or money) on this, even for the pics. Full Review »
  2. TomT.
    Apr 7, 2007
    8
    I've got to say, I've been greatly enjoying playing Pocket Pool this week (Target accidentally sold me a copy ahead of the street I've got to say, I've been greatly enjoying playing Pocket Pool this week (Target accidentally sold me a copy ahead of the street date.) I spend at least an hour a day playing Pocket Pool. None of my friends own a PSP, so I'm just playing Pocket Pool by myself, but it's still a blast. Full Review »