Best Free Billiards and Pool Game

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Introduction

There are a slew of free Pool games available out there. If you want to derive solid enjoyment plus the satisfaction of an undertaking well-performed, then you'll of course want a game that has realistic 3D graphics, intuitive easy-to-use controls, and conformance to and enforcement of the rules of the sport. You may also want to try your hand against a computer opponent, which is a feature that some titles offer.

Eventually, if your zeal reaches a certain plateau, you might want to play the sport over the Internet and challenge complete strangers …perhaps participate in a tournament or even join a cyberspace pool league. Be wary though, because many cyberspace pool halls offer the game product for free, then ask you to wager with real money in their online games. That is illegal for minors, and it is prohibited in a number of jurisdictions, including nine states in the USA. Some sites offer a choice of playing stakes: real money or play money.

One thing you need to ask yourself is “How much aiming assistance do I want from the computer”? Clearly, the computer can theoretically tell you exactly where an object ball is going to travel, well before it is struck. Some PC games kibitz you graphically in real time while you're adjusting your aim at the cue ball. You'll need to decide if you're comfortable with such presaged insights.

And let's not overlook ambiance either. I refer to the little aesthetic touches that enrich the scene, including decor, music, rendered animations of people and audible commentary of ongoing contests.

Below, we attempt to discover the crème de la crème of 3D computer Pool and Billiards games.

 

Rated Products

8BallClub  

An exceptionally refined application to play Snooker, 8-Ball, 9-Ball and Rotation Pool.


Our Rating: 
5
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Sensational true-to-life graphics and physics, 4 different games to choose from, simple mouse controls that are easy and intuitive.
Requires live Internet connection to a commercial site.
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Pool Rebel  

A fabulous feature-packed product offers five different sports, 8-Ball, 8-Ball under UK rules, 9-Ball, 14.1 Continuous and One Pocket.


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free
Loaded with nifty features and options, plays 5 different pocket billiard games, peer-to-peer over-the-internet play, believable physics and rigorous rules enforced, excellent aiming and controls, with 4 settable levels of assist.
Overhead view is the only view, no fullscreen; runs in a window, resizable but of limited width.
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Carom3D  

This delightful game is loaded with ambiance and a choice of 5 richly-appointed table venue including the beach.


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free
Rich with fun appointments and animations, 4 different pocket Billiard games available, 5 different table venues to choose from, rigorous rules enforced, very helpful software for aiming and control.
No particular drawbacks, but shot control requires a little practice.
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BillardGL  

A brilliantly crafted open-sourced freeware game that affords play of either 8-Ball or 9-Ball with 3D graphics and flawless physics.


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Open source)
Gorgeous 3D graphics that you can tweak to your liking, works across all operating systems, straightforward controls, includes a tutorial, rules and glossary of terms, small download file.
No sound effects, no provision for applying English or making massé shots.
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Other Billiards and Pool Games

  • fooBilliard was an open-source free program that was designed by Florian Berger for use under the Linux operating system. It is no longer in development as the developer currently features only a free Android version with limited features on its homepage. However, you can get an enhanced version of the original fooBillard called Foobillard++ and its binary ports for Windows from the same place as well.

  • Play89 is a game that is pure simplicity to operate and so has a very gentle learning curve, offering the games of 8-Ball, 9-Ball and Snooker and linked to a trusted online gaming site where you can supposedly compete for real money or just for fun. Currently this game is no longer supported by the developer.

 

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After trying Foobilliard I really wasn't impressed ... the game just didn't feel or look right. Will definitely be trying these other suggestions.