Nintendo Force MagazineOct 29, 2018A great combination of open-world exploration, silly graphics and sillier humor. [Issue #36 – November/December 2018, p. 24]
Jul 23, 2018While the camera and a few other nagging issues can make things vexing at times, Pool Panic shines past the mild blemishes as it’s a dazzling display of artistic buffoonery. It’s hard to recommend for people that have to get the high score or complete every optional challenge, but if you just want to sit back and roll through a world with oodles of inventiveness and creativity, this is an acid trip worth taking.
Aug 14, 2018Pool Panic is an unexpected take on the classic game of pool. Combining the weird and silliness of Adult Swim with a sports puzzler type game makes for fun and enjoyable gameplay. The art style and attention to detail work nicely, and adds an unexpected depth to this wacky game!
Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings
Jul 19, 2018Pool Panic
Just like your girlfriend – cute and annoying
Pool panic is a super arcadey pool game where you play as a cue ball The gamePool Panic
Just like your girlfriend – cute and annoying
Pool panic is a super arcadey pool game where you play as a cue ball
The game features a giant open world hub with over 100 levels for you to conquer
Each of these levels are of course different and pose a different challenge though the task remains the same throughout.. You can freely aim and move around the table… your goal is to knock every ball on the table in the various holes and then sink the 8 ball and move on... sounds simple enough... but it isn’t simple…
These pool tables are alive, not only that the pool balls are alive as well, all having their own personalities and twist to them and I appreciate this so much… this is such a cute and colorful game with a charming cast of characters
The thing is though that this game is just not fun… none of it..
this is less of a pool game and more of a chase a bunch of balls around a table , hope you can line up a shot in time while they’re resting before they get up and run around again… the game starts decently fun at the start and then slowly introduces new characters with new stipulations.. These beginning moments of the game are the best... but the deeper you get you quickly start to realize that the developers equate annoying to challenge
their only ideas seem to come down to how can we annoy the player in this situation, let’s have raccoon balls up un trees that only come down after you hit a grill, they only stick around for a couple of seconds, will instantly run back after you hit them and if you miss you chance in that brief window you have to do it all over again, all while moving insanely slow with aiming that feels stiff
Let’s fill a table with characters that hope out of the way when you aim at them.. Its moments like these that ruin the charm of the game…
I appreciate the gimmicks, but every level doesn’t need a new gimmick... it just doesn’t...
especially when they gimmick just starts boiling down to making the player chase balls around
I want to set up trick shots, I want to use skill.. Not play cat and mouse
I give Pool Panic
a 4/10… Full Review »
Aug 5, 2018Billiards has intrigued me since my dad first showed my brother and I a mini table with a swinging cue ball. I loved the sound of the breakBilliards has intrigued me since my dad first showed my brother and I a mini table with a swinging cue ball. I loved the sound of the break and watching the pockets be filled with the different colors. While I've never been especially great at the game, I have always understood the way to play it, as it's very mathematical. Digitally is where I typically find myself playing the game, but it's never been more captivating than it is here.
Pool Panic starts out teaching you how to play on a standard pool table, making sure you drop each ball before the 8. You will be able to lock on to targets, hit hard or soft, and walk around. That's about all you need to know when playing, and despite this sounding boring if strictly on a standard table, you'll be pleased to know the experience couldn’t be any further from normal. And beyond the crazy levels, you'll have to learn about the different balls you're up against, as every color has a different personality.
Giving sentience to a group of differently colored balls never crossed my mind before, but it's kind of genius. Why wouldn't the different hues have unique personalities and feelings toward the cue ball, who is basically a bully beating them up? Why wouldn't some be fearful, mean, or just simply be out to troll you? Pool Panic takes a great game and makes it absolutely ridiculous in the best possible way.
Chances are that while you're exploring the different levels, you'll encounter some that don't have holes for you to knock the balls into. The first level I hopped into there wasn't a whole lot available, so I just started knocking stuff around. The thing about this is that nothing is as it seems; the environment was filling up places for the different balls to drop into, so I had to free them before being able to continue. Other levels will have you using mouths as the goals. Yeah, you read that right. Despite the game being made up of the same basic controls and various personalities, no two levels feel the same as there is so much character put into each, and Rekim's creativity seemingly knows no bounds. At times I was wondering if the dev had worked with Nintendo for the likes of WarioWare. I mean, who expects these living spheres to be brought in on buses as if they're going to camp, and to have the bus driver be super gassy? I couldn't help but chuckle at the amount of crazy situations this game presented, and it was pretty much always a joy to figure out how to approach each level.
As much as the chaotic nature of the game pleases, it certainly brings with it hints of frustration, and can become annoying when you can't see the goal, or the camera angle doesn't allow you to see exactly what is going on. You'll no doubt be on the verge of going bald when attempting to finish off a level only to find yourself struggling with a character that sidesteps each of your shots - if you're not worried about the number of attempts you take, you have a few seconds after a hit where they are a normal ball and won't act out, so use this to your advantage. For lovers of puzzles, you'll likely find yourself spending time perfecting each level, but with the somewhat random nature of them, it's likely you'll give up on this goal before finishing the game. In fact, because of the ever-changing aspect, being able to finish any given level with all the challenges (which includes the likes of speed and number of hits) complete will be quite the feat. Perhaps the biggest draw to the game is its multiplayer shenanigans, which will undoubtedly steal the show at many future parties.
Pool Panic is a game that absolutely deserves the Adult Swim Games seal of approval. The craziness in level design and characters are something you'd expect from the likes of a Rick and Morty universe. With a fairly robust single player campaign and hilariously fun multiplayer, the frustrations you'll encounter are often outweighed once you walk away from the game for a bit. If you need a laugh after work, or you want to play something with your friends and family, this will do the trick.… Full Review »
Jul 20, 2018If Golf Story was the perfect melding of golf and traditional JRPG - than consider Pool Panic as the likewise impeccable mix of traditionalIf Golf Story was the perfect melding of golf and traditional JRPG - than consider Pool Panic as the likewise impeccable mix of traditional arcade pool games and adventure/puzzle platformer.
The latter is developed by Adult Swim Games, and like most of their fare the game tends to favor the weird and wonderful comedy associated with the brand. Adult Swim Games is very hit or miss, with more of a presence on mobile platforms due to the simplicity of most of their games.
Pool Panic manages to shed the trend of favoring mobile in many successful ways. Adding an engaging over-world and deep puzzle mechanics in later stages. The main goal is always the same, clear the level of all pool balls by running around and using a life sized pool stick to launch yourself at unsuspecting peers. The caveat is the 8-ball, which must be saved for last but will constantly harass the player as you try to complete a level.
The formula works to great avail, with very few complaints. They are listed below:
1. Sound is lackluster. Effects are good enough, with typical sounds of a cue cracking ball, and panicky noises coming from the other pool balls as you launch them around. However, it is redundant, and the game does little to add worthwhile stage music or ambient noise to keep things interesting.
2. Difficulty. It's not a lack there-of or too much, rather the game does a poor job of explaining new mechanics to the player. While typically I don't mind some "trial by fire" in learning a game, some levels have you working against time sensitive goals, or require something different to 100%. It means back-tracking or playing a second run becomes slightly more enticing as you'll be ready for anything - but by itself doesn't warrant several play-through's, so it ends up being more of an annoyance than adding anything worthwhile to the mechanics.
Overall its a nice pick-up for the price, and a console exclusive to Switch. If you are looking for a charming experience you can't find on PS4 or Xbox, you can do much worse than Pool Panic.
*EDIT* I increased my score by a couple points, as I was very pleasantly surprised by both the sheer variety in level design (stagnancy is almost no issue), and the enjoyable 2-player mode which was overlooked in my initial review. Typically I feel these to be "tacked on" in games like Pool Panic that favor a platforming or puzzle mechanic, but I was surprised at how well it fit within the confines of the game. Definitely worth another couple of brownie points in the review.
8/10… Full Review »