International Snooker and Doodle Pool are both distributed by Big Head Games, hit the Marketplace within a day of each other, are available on other platforms and if you hadn’t noticed have a similar game, so let’s talk about them together since they’re both pretty nice.

I like saying ‘snooker’ so let’s do International Snooker first (iTunes link here and Android here).

I really wish I read the rules of Snooker (haven’t played in years) but in terms of ease of use and aesthetics – spot on. here’s their description:

Winner of the MobileGameFAQs.com GOLD AWARD – Scoring an amazing 95% for Graphics, and 93% for Playability.
Compete for the International Snooker Gold Cup.
Compelling game play and rich 3d visuals make this the best cue based game on the app store.
Features
*Single and two player quick games
*Tournament mode with 8 rounds against the world’s best, competing for a place on the podium and the coveted IS Gold Cup.
* Super smooth and intuitive camera and cue control.
* Realistic ball physics including top, back and side spin.
* Accurate power control, not swipe and hope.
* Ball path guide lines including object and cue ball paths enhance game play over it’s rivals. Guides shorten according to difficulty setting.
* Difficulty settings that truly make a difference.
* Stats page holds wins, losses, cup wins and highest breaks.
* Full Rules and Instructions.
*Game autosaves after each ball is potted – never lose your game to an interruption!
********* IMPORTANT*********
FINE TUNE SHOTS: When lining up shots, stroke across the top of the screen for faster movement, and across the bottom of the screen for fine movement!
*Higher Strokes = Faster Movement
*Lower Strokes = Slower Movement

It’s $2.99 with a free trial.

Doodle Pool has a neat control where you put your finger on the screen and rotate/drag to control the shot and you can do this anywhere on the screen. it works well and the ‘doodle’ graphics are fitting (iTunes here and Android here).

Calling all casual gamers! Doodle Pool brings the popular billiards game to the fun-loving casual play generation!
Created by the makers of the critically acclaimed International Snooker, Doodle Pool features:
* US 8 Ball Rules
* US 9 Ball Rules
* UK 8 Ball Rules
* 1 or 2 Player
* Time Attack mode (fastest to clear the table)
* Unique shooting mechanic
* Casual game play mechanics
* Lots of fun!
*** IMPORTANT CONTROL INFORMATION! ***
To play a shot, you can touch *ANYWHERE* on the screen. Then drag your finger back to set the power and aim, like a rubber band. *You do NOT have to start at the cue ball* If you find your ball too near a cushion, try starting your drag further away. You can cancel a shot at any time by returning your finger to the start point.
Happy potting!

Doodle Pool is $1.29 with a free trial.

So both are ports from other platforms where they enjoy healthy positive reviews and in my brief testing with them, they’re both pretty fun. It’s more a question of what game you prefer and the controls are slightly different but both work well.

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