What do we want out of these demos? We?re looking to be hooked on
a simple and addictive arcade-style experience. Bankshot Billiards 2 is unfortunately not that experience.
Like the rest of the demos, Live multiplayer is not an option so we are limited to single-player games or local
multiplayer. Since a pool demo can?t be level-locked, they impose time limits. Short time limits. You only have 1:30
minutes during your turns to win! At least for our skill level, we could barely get more than a couple balls in
(usually by accident).
You have a choice of singleplayer games like 8-ball, 9-ball, Cutthroat, Euro 8-ball, 14.1 continuous, 3-ball, Trick
Shots, Time Trial, and Golf. The last three have only have one premade shot available while the first five and local
multiplayer are little fun with the time limitation. This leaves us with 3-ball. Simple yet hard as hell 3-ball. Your
goal: sink 3 balls as quickly as possible. This should be easy, even under a minute and a half, but it?s consistenly
difficult. Each win brings renewed determination, but 3-ball?s a cruel bitch-goddess, taunting us with her charms but
remaining out of reach.
While the game is technically competent with simple controls and clean, detailed graphics, we had trouble getting
into it. For free you could do worse than the simple pleasures of 3-ball, but at $15 it is at the upper price range of
Live Arcade titles. We wish the developers allowed us to play full games by determining some other method of limiting
play (20 plays, then an imposed time limit?). If you chose to actually buy it, you would find a plethora of options and
what we imagine would be the deal-clencher: Live support. In the meantime, it?s back to the pool hall for us.
Overall Score: 7.5/10