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Sharkey's 3D Pool

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - BBC Micro - Commodore 64

Alt names Sharkey', s 3-D Pool, 3D Pool, Maltese Joe', s 3D Pool
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1990)
United Kingdom (1991)
Genre Sports
Theme Pool / Snooker
Publisher MicroProse Software, Inc., Mirror Image
Developer Aardvark Software
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.76 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of Sharkey's 3D Pool

Sharkey's 3D Pool is an excellent pool game that introduces 3D perspective long before Celeris' Virtual Pool. The game is fast, easy to learn, and a lot of fun. You can play against the computers with different skills (including tournaments), another human player, or see if you can replicate trick shots performed by real pros. Traditional top-down view is available in addition to the very attractive 3D view that lets you view the action from any angle.

The game offers two types of standard pool games: 8-ball and 9-ball, either of which can be played in a standard "ladder"-style tournament in which you compete for money prizes. The only thing that is missing from the game is the appearance of the cue stick itself-- you only see an outline of it on the screen, since you must select the point of the ball to hit, direction, force, and spin from the top menu bar.

In many ways, Celeris' Virtual Pool is a logical evolution of Sharkey's 3D Pool -- but this predecessor already packs more than enough punch to keep pool fans entertained for hours. I found the trick shots section especially fun, and challenging. Definitely a breakthrough as far as pool games go, and a must-have for fans of the sport. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

BananaJane 2023-07-28 0 point

Is the manual to this game still impossible to find online, I could get it scanned into a PDF once I get my printer working again

BananaJane 2023-07-18 0 point

Do not trust a guy named sharkey

ArayaScreams 2020-01-28 2 points

I remember my brother coming home with this one day, early-mid '90s. It was such a big jump technically over other computer pool games I'd played by then, and some of it funny as hell. And the trick shots can be such a pain, but so satisfying when you figure out the trick!

BWyuh 2019-05-10 1 point DOS version

Bought this many years ago. Love it, have won it many times and still play it.

Cousta 2014-04-22 2 points DOS version

Played it so many times back then, without ever understanding the rules! :D

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