Who doesn't know them? Famous scenes from movie classics with battles at the pool table. A touch of Hollywood is in the air and 8-Ball Pool brings this flair to your home.
The classic of the pool games is a duel where your real talents come to light. Clever tactics, targeted forward-thinking and a big portion of sensitivity - these things will make you an unbeatable champion.
This classic version of pool is played with 16 balls: 7 stripes, 7 spots, 1 white and 1 black ball. The aim of the game is to pot all balls of your colour (spots and stripes) as quickly as possible and winning the game by potting the black 8 ball.
The game is played in real time and with two players. You can find details on multiplayer versions here: How do multiplayer games work? If you open a new table you can select the stakes and the circle of players.
The playing field is a pool table where all balls with the exception of the white ball ('cue ball') are placed in the shape of a triangle. The pool table is equipped with 'pockets' in every corner as well as along the long side of the table where the balls can be potted. The number of balls that still have to be potted are displayed in the top left corner. You can choose at which point you want to play a selected ball with the cross hairs at the right side of the playing field.
The balls will be played with so called cues. If you click on the cue ball with your mouse the cue appears. In front of the cue you can see a yellow line with an image of the cue ball. It shows you the direction of the shot. If you press and hold down the left mouse button you can position the cue in the desired direction. An arrow appears which will show the force of the pool shot by changing its length. The shorter the arrow the weaker the shot. If you release the mouse button the white ball will be played.
If you have started the round on this table you have to leave the break to your opponent. The white ball will be shot into the triangle of coloured balls. At the start of the game at least 4 coloured balls have to touch the cushion or one ball has land in a pocket otherwise you have violated the rules.
The first ball that is potted determines, which colour balls you play. The players will then try in turns to pot their balls with the help of the white ball. If you pot a ball it is your turn again. Various moves are a violation of the rules and will count as a foul.
The following moves count as a violation of the rules:
- Pocketing of the white ball
- Not striking any balls.
- Premature pocketing of the black ball.
- Invalid break (see start of the game)
- If no coloured ball is pocketed or touches the cushion with the first stroke.
If a player commits a foul his opponent can move the white ball anywhere on the table and continue the game. The player who pots the black ball prematurely has lost the game.
If you have pocketed all your balls you have to pot the black ball to finish the game. The black ball has to be potted into a particular pocket, which will be highlighted by a coloured circle.
End of the Game
The player who pockets all 7 balls of his colour and finally the black ball correctly wins the game. A game ends in a draw if neither player is able to pot a coloured ball after 20 shots.