Pool Maniac is a skill and strategy-based, pocket billiards (pool) game for older kids, teens and grown-ups with 3 different modes of play: 8 Ball, 9 Ball and Time Mode. Good hand-eye coordination and an excellent understanding of the laws of physics, motion and geometry are essential. You can choose to play as 1 player against the computer, and try and reach the top of leader board, or you can play as 2 players – against a friend or family member. Go “Pocket Rocket”, show us what you’ve got!
The 3 different modes of play are:
Eight Ball: A two-player game that you can play against the computer or a friend. This game is played with 16 balls; 1 cue ball (white), 7 striped balls, 7 solid-colored balls, and the black 8 ball. Once either player legally pockets a ball after the initial break shot, that player is assigned the group of balls they pocketed from: For example, if the first ball you legally pocket is a striped ball, you are assigned to pocket all of the striped balls and your opponent is assigned to pocket all of the solid-colored balls. Your ultimate goal is to try and pocket the black 8 ball. This is only allowed after you pocket all of your designated balls, either striped or solid. Be careful not to pocket the black 8 ball too early or you lose.
Nine Ball: A two-player game that you can play against the computer or a friend. This game is played with 10 balls; 1 cue ball (white) and object balls numbered 1 to 9. You must try to pocket all of the balls in ascending number order before your opponent does. Your goal is to pocket the number nine ball. This can be done at any time including the break shot.
Time Mode: A single player game that is played with 16 balls; 1 cue ball (white), 14 red balls and one 9 ball. You have 8 minutes to pocket all of the balls.
How to Play: To start, use your computer mouse to click on the “Human vs CPU” link to play against the computer, or click on the “Human vs Human” to challenge a friend or family member. Click on “Continue” and enter your nickname(s) into the space provided. Click “Continue” again and now choose your game play (8 Ball, 9 Ball and Time Mode.) Customize your poolroom by selecting your table and pavement. When you are done, click on “Continue” until you reach the pool hall.
To start playing, click on a position on the pool table where you want to place the cue ball (white ball), then move your mouse around the cue ball to rotate your cue stick. You have to shoot the cue ball with your cue stick in order to pocket one of the colored balls. Before you take your shot, a blue line appears beside your targeted colored ball to help you see which direction the ball follows if hit at that spot. When you are happy with your position, and think you can pocket your target ball, hold down the left mouse button and drag your mouse, then release your mouse in order to shoot. The further you drag your mouse, the more force you apply to your shot. Once you play this game for a while, you’ll get a better understanding of which ball is the right one to shoot, and which angle to aim your cue stick at.