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Side Pocket (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Based on the popular arcade cabinet (and 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System classic), Side Pocket is a no frills pool simulator. You get two different modes to play through, as well as a two-player mode that heats up the action. Unfortunately that's not enough to distract players from the litany of problems associated with this 21 year old Game Boy game. Rating: 10%
Side Pocket (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Based on the popular arcade cabinet (and 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System classic), Side Pocket is a no frills pool simulator. You get two different modes to play through, as well as a two-player mode that heats up the action. Unfortunately that's not enough to distract players from the litany of problems associated with this 21 year old Game Boy game. Both modes are marred by inconsistent physics and low rent presentation. What should have been a fun diversion from the steady stream of 2D platformers turns out to be a real pain to play. With technical problems fighting you the entire time, Side Pocket sucks all the fun out of billiards.

Does It Still Hold Up? Going in I wasn't expecting realistic physics and tons of modes, but even my basement-level expectations were too lofty. Due to restrictions in resolution, Side Pocket doesn't even display the balls on the table. Instead you aim at floating numbers. Worse yet, the way the balls move is unrealistic and tough to predict. Even if you can get over the crummy handling and terrible ball physics, you're still left with a bare bones pool game that doesn't sink the 8-ball.

Is It Worth The Money? I'm not down on the idea of a virtual billiards game on a handheld; I like the idea of balancing out all of the 2D platformers and puzzle games. However, you have to try harder than Side Pocket. Here's a game that fails to get even the basics of pool right. As far as I'm concerned you're spending three dollars on a broken billiards simulator. That may not sound like much scratch, but you deserve better than this black and white Side Pocket port.
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