If you like to swim with the pool sharks, Break Time: National Pool Tour provides a lot of options, including eight-ball, nine-ball, rotation, and 14-1 Rack Game (also known as “Straight Pool”). On top of the game options, Break Time also provides a “National Pool Tour,” a tournament of sorts where you traverse the country and play through all the aforementioned options.
Actually playing pool in Break Time, however, is about as fun as drowning in a vat of hungry sharks. One game can take upwards of an hour, thanks to the computer opponent who’s always “thinking” about his next shot. Line up the cue, plunk the ball in, and let’s get going, man!
You as the player aren’t allowed to go very fast, either. You place your cursor, charge up your shot, and hit the ball. If the balls are clustered together, you can kiss any hope for a decent shot goodbye. Even if you charge up your shot to the highest level, the balls respond like they’ve barely been hit. Only when the balls are separated from each other do you have a chance at actually sinking a shot.
Such crappy physics destroy any chance of an enjoyable pool yard romp. More like “Break the Break Time cartridge Time.”
PUBLISHER: FCI DEVELOPER: Pony Canyon GENRE: Parlor
RELEASE DATE: 01/1993 – (US)