There are several pool game apps for the Android platform and one of the most unique and cheapest of them all is Manic Monkey Pool. The rules of the game are basically the same as 8-ball rules, but the unique charm of it comes from the crazy pool table designs and the great ball physics.
Graphics and Sounds (3 out of 5)
The graphics are all blocky and not really smooth, but the game still looks pretty amazing. This blocky approach also requires less processor power which gives the game a smoother feel without taking too much out of the Android phone’s battery life. Minimal rendering of the graphics makes sure that even the low end phones with minimal processing power can display this game without lag. The decent graphics of Manic Monkey Pool get a rating of 3 out of 5.
User Interface (5 out of 5)
The main menu is pretty simple and straightforward, letting the player dive into a game mode very quickly. The intuitive user interface during play time enhances the game experience without being obstructive to what is going on. With only two bars present, one on top and one at the bottom, controlling the force and direction of the ball is easy and merges with the pool graphics nicely without making the screen look too crowded. Its clean and functional user interface gets a perfect score.
Game Design (4 out of 5)
Following the traditional 8-ball game rules, anyone who is familiar with playing pool or billiard games will have an easy time understanding how the game works. Players can fire it up and immediately play the game without having to read any kind of manual to learn how to play it. The additional crazy designs of pool tables, that include an L-shaped design amongst others, keep things fresh and interesting. Even hardened pool fans will find playing this game refreshing and anything but boring. Its simple game design with a fresh twist for pool players gets a good score.
Features (4 out of 5)
The game lets players play in a 2-player challenge mode and a single player practice mode. There are several type of pool tables available that range from simple to bizarre. This caters for pool players who want something new with their mobile pool games. Zoom controls, 3D graphics and great ball physics keep the game amusing and pleasing to the eyes. Its features may not be extensive, but what is present is extremely helpful in making the game playable and enjoyable whether in 2-player mode or in single player mode. It gets a rating of 4 out of 5 for its features.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
It may not be as visually stunning as other pool games on the Android platform and it may not have a lot of features, but its simplicity and elegance puts more focus on aiming and shooting the ball instead of worrying about the confusing arrows related to the ball physics found in most pool games. Making the gameplay easy for both beginner and long time fans of pool gives an accessibility edge to Manic Monkey Pool that is rarely found in mobile pool games. It gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5 which is a good rating.