Pool Paradise, the latest stick and ball action from respected stick and ball master of baize videogame-dom Archer Maclean has recently released on PC, PS2 and GameCube. It's a title that has seen Maclean link arms once again with long-term pal and famous snooker chap Jimmy White, who acted as advisor on the title; no doubt it's a partnership that has seen as many beers sunk as snooker balls.
Interesting is the lack of Pool Paradise on Xbox, and something that's had us poking the cueball with curiosity. But, we can now reveal that well-placed sources have recently informed us that we can expect an Xbox-related Pool Paradise announcement soon. So, looks like the game cometh to Microsoft's console after all. If so, we assume that this version of the game will come fully Live pumped for online potting play.
Anyway... See below for what people's champ Jimmy White and development legend Archer Maclean have to say on the Pool Paradise project, including talk of killer pool, concrete snooker tables and er...lavatories on the moon (!). Plus, also there's a PSP title confirmed too.
So how did you two first get together?
White: Archer came to me with the first game which was Whirlwind Snooker, back in 1991. I'd been approached by a few games before but I was blown away by this one. It sounds like I'm just saying that because I'm earning money from it, but every game [in the series], without a doubt, has done the business and has just got better and better.
I get kids coming up to me - even their fathers now because it's been so long - and they ask me when the new one's out, and we've just come up with Pool Paradise. I'm proud to be associated with it. They're brilliant games.
Do you think Pool Paradise is the pinnacle of the series?
Maclean: Well, there may well be future stuff but the trouble with Pool Paradise is that it's visually the best-looking and strongest pool and snooker game we've ever seen. We really don't know where we can go right at the moment because the technology has got to the point where we're using all of it. So what do we next? It's looking great as it is. So, it's a bit tricky.
You must have some ideas up your sleeves...?
Maclean: Yeah one or two. It's a secret. We can't tell you. (Laughs)
White: I'm just starting to win a couple of competitions, so if I win the World Championships next year...who knows? At the moment, as Archer says, they're just unbelievable. I don't know how he keeps finding them - they're brilliant.
So Jimmy, what does your role as advisor actually entail?
White: It's more a case of using my name, but I do help out with a few shots. Archer first picked me after watching me play Steve Davis in the World Final, which was where he got attracted to my style of game - obviously I attack the balls like O'Sullivan does now.
So that was the connection. But I've done a few bits in the first games - I did masse shots. But basically, I've just put my name to it because it is the best game.
How does it compare to the real thing?
Maclean: It is the real thing. It does exactly what the real world situation does.
White: You can change from all the different games as well and that's the fascinating thing. You can play a bit of pool and snooker, and then have a rest, and then go and play darts and all sorts.
Maclean: There's about half a dozen mini-games that are nothing to do with snooker. But in terms of the ball games - I think there's about 11 sets of rules in there. And that's not just UK 9-ball or US 9-ball and all that stuff. There's 6-ball, 10-ball, 9-ball, stretch ball, killer ball...I mean how many do you want? (Laughs)