Billiard Review: Vanilla, But Playable

D3 Publisher is known for their epic puzzle RPG experience Puzzle Quest, a game that married two genres no one ever thought could be mixed. Their latest effort, Billiard, is quite simply a no-frills version of the classic game that plays well enough but lacks the added spice and sexiness to make it relevant on the industry’s hottest console.

In a weird way, Pool games have died off over the past decade or so, relegated to the mobile game sphere, but once upon a time, the genre was an important one. Games like Lunar Ball and Side Pocket were cult favorites on the NES and Pool on Yahoo Games was played by millions of people in the heyday of the internet. Seeing a pool game on the Switch, as a result, is a good thing, as long as it doesn’t play similarly to a mobile game. And that’s ultimately the problem here. This would be an excellent iOS game of pool. On the Switch however, it’s not without its issues.

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