Reviewed by John Davison jnr


Issue 30

Nov/Dec 87

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Diamond Games

Two games on one disk for 14.95 on the ST! 'What a bargain!' you may think to yourself. Well, er, sorry fellas but this ain't really a bargain, because the games themselves seem to have something just not quite right about them.

POOL looks very nice, in fact the graphics of the table and everything on it look most impressive. There are plenty of options to choose from including loading demo games from the disk and changing the colour of the table. The bells are all animated very nicely and the direction algorithms all seem to be fairly accurate as the balls act almost exactly as you would expect them to. So what's the problem? Well, it's playing the game, and above all the control of your cue, as it's so difficult. The review copy I received didn't have any instructions with it so I had to work it out for myself. It would appear that first you move the cue up to the ball and rotate the cue around it (by moving the mouse left or right), then once the cue is in position you must pull back on the mouse to define the amount of power required, and then push the mouse forwards! You may be thinking, 'what's so difficult about that? Well just you try it! It's VERY difficult to get used to.

SHUFFLEBOARD, I am led to believe is like curling. The screen layout is very pleasing with a three dimensional view of the alley taking up most of the screen and an overhead view on the right hand side. Now, from what I can make out you have to slide weights down an alley (similar to a bowling alley) into scoring zones at the far end. If your opponent's weight gets in the way then you can knock it out of play. Whenever I play it I can't help thinking, 'well is that it?', and I always arrive at the same answer YES! Shuffleboard isn't a bad game but I would imagine that the real thing is much more enjoyable than the computer version.

It's a pity really because these two games could have made an excellent package if Robtek/Diamond would had spent a little longer on them.