Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. It’s all about awesome control, physics, and gameplay. This is one pool game that has it all.
  2. Pool Paradise confirms Archer Maclean's reputation as a man with his finger on the pulse of the snooker/pool genre. By combining a highly accurate and satisfying physics engine with the addictive world of gambling and the all-important storyline, his team have created a game that should appeal to a far wider market than your average pool/snooker title and it's only twenty notes. A winner.
  3. It may not have a licence behind it, it doesn't feature online play, and it could do with a few zanier tables and quirks to match the presentation, but until somebody comes along with a game of pool that plays this well - and is this accessible - it's by far and away our clacker of choice.
  4. Pool Paradise is one of the best budget games in years. This is an addictive, near-faultless pool simulation, with the various games played in the surrounds of an idyllic tropical beach resort.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    Built on the core of a very solid pool game, Pool Paradise is a surreal and bizarre game that seems like it's capable of doing anything but taking the game of pool seriously.
  6. Edge Magazine
    For console owners used to having to fiddle with power sliders in order to orchestrate their shots, it brings a nigh-on edible element of tangibility to the experience... An accomplished bundle. [May 2004, p.109]
  7. AceGamez
    The game's only real downer, the sound, which is drab and uninspiring, is easy to overlook and becomes background anyway. Pool Paradise creates a very enjoyable challenge for a single player, has an excellent and almost limitless lifespan in two-player, and above all it's a snip at just £20.
  8. In the greater scheme of things, this is not barrier-breaking software, but it is crisp, clean fun at a budget price.
  9. Yet another fine pool simulator from Maclean; however how many of these do we need, and isn't popping down the pub always more fun???
  10. Its puzzlingly addictive nature simply cannot be reasoned with, yet at the same time, it helps solidify the game as one of the best games of pool to come out on a console platform in many years.
  11. Well worth your time, well worth the price, Pool Paradise as good as it gets for virtual pool.
  12. Here we have a great game, purely let down by the genre it’s representing so well. A delight to play, but just cant beat the real thing.
  13. PSM Magazine
    Pool Paradise not only destroys all previous PS2 pool titles - which really isn't that tough - it's legitimately good. [Sept 2004, p.22]
  14. 70
    It is a good pool simulation, for extra realism you could add stale beer stains and fag burns to your carpet. It will take you a long time to unlock everything, but it’s not without its flaws. The length of time it takes the AI to make a shot grates, and the lack of solo practice annoys.
  15. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Pros: Solid physics for the central game, lots and lots of bonus content, dirt cheap. [Aug 2004, p.93]

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