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Pure Pool – Snooker DLC review

Mr Richard Berry and myself have spent a fair bit of time playing Pure Pool, it’s one of those games that’s perfect for a lazy hour. The chilled out environment, sexy lounge music and a game that is simple enough to play. When I say simple, it is for me, as I’m great at pool and when I talk about the chilled environment, it is, except for the tones of rage coming from Rich’s headset as another cue ball ends up in the bar…

That has all changed thanks to the newly released Snooker DLC, all of a sudden the rage is coming from my headset while Berry thinks he is the next Ronnie O’Sullivan. The first three frames backed this up as he battered me three-nil!

Great for him, not for me. Anyway, I digress. The DLC is exactly what you expect from Ripstone, it looks good and plays really well, abeit a few niggles. While taking shots you can stand back to plan your shot but you can’t move round the table fully, which would make things much easier. Also a top down view would be nice but for the sake of realism I can let that one slide.

It’s also a bit of a shame you can’t set up a league against your friends, which is always good for bragging rights. The DLC does follow on from the game in terms of presentation, the snooker tvake gets its own room  away from the pool tables, complete with house band but it’s the same music from the main game. Rather oddly the cue ball seems to have a pink tint to it, possibly because of the lighting, it’s a bit off-putting but not a major problem. We also noticed that a few times the game suggested that one of us had been snookered when in fact we hadn’t.

The best way to show off the game is through the medium of video, below you’ll see Rich and I battle it out over three frames, who will win? Watch and find out!

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Snooker DLC for Pure Pool out now


Voofoo Studios have teased us mere mortals with a Snooker DLC for their excellent Pure Pool game for a little while now. Well the time has finally come for the balls to be framed and the cues to be chalked.

That’s right, Pure Pool’s Snooker DLC is out today and while it might not promise the fast-paced action of other sports, the dulcet tones of white on red will bring the occasional cough and some whispering old men to a lounge near you.

This DLC will feature a full career mode for all difficulty levels, two new snooker challenge modes and some specific trophies, achievements and accolades just for this pack.

Not sure what you might be missing out on? Have a look at the launch trailer below.

Pure Pool, Snooker DLC is out now.

Pure Pool DLC price announced

Ripstone_PurePool_Snooker_(4)VooFoo Studios and Ripstone publishing have confirmed pricing information and revealed the latest screenshots today for their upcoming snooker DLC release. Pure Pool’s snooker DLC will be priced at £2.99 / €3.99 / $4.49 and is due to launch soon, with more details to follow. VooFoo’s latest DLC is set to be the ultimate snooker experience available on Xbox One, PlayStation ®4 and PC via Steam.

VooFoo Studios’ Pure Pool Snooker DLC pack features a full career mode for all difficulty levels; Amateur, Pro and Master, two new snooker challenge modes and DLC specific trophies, achievements and snooker accolades.

Watch the Pure Pool Snooker DLC trailer here:


Pure Pool to get new DLC


Back in November, our very own Dave reviewed Pure Pool from VooFoo Studios and found that he rather liked it. In that very review was at least one reference to snooker and it would appear that the clamour of fans wanting the perceived gentlemantly iteration of table games has reached the developers too. Indeed, this appears to have been to such a degree that they have today announced a new DLC pack for Pure Pool will be incoming soon.

This pack will bring snooker to Pure Pool and will feature a full career mode for all difficulty levels, two new snooker challenge modes and DLC specific trophies, achievements and snooker accolades.

Technical Director at VooFoo Studios, Mark Williams is thrilled and had this to say;

We’re thrilled to be able to reveal our brand new snooker DLC pack to Pure Pool fans today, in the wake of the Snooker World Championships. It’s something that ourselves and Ripstone have been dying to announce for a while, but we wanted to be able to show fans the DLC in action. We can’t wait for players to get their hands on this latest addition to the game and hope they’re as excited as we are for its release.

As soon as we know a date for this pack’s release, we’ll bring it to you. In the meantime, enjoy what the pack is looking like so far in the new announcement trailer below.

Pure Pool Review


I’ve been crying out for snooker/pool game for a while on the Xbox, so imagine my disappointment when I saw that Pure Pool was heading Sony’s way… But then like a Ronnie Sullivan 147 the announcement came that Pure Pool was going to be on the Xbox One too! Would the game sending me pocketing balls left, right and centre? Or would it have me stuck behind countless smokers? Let’s find out.

First things first, Pure Pool is smooth the music instantly transports you to what feels like the coolest Lounge Bar in the world and has you chilling out straight away. It also gets you straight into the action, allowing you shoot off some practice shots in the main menu, to be honest things are so relaxed you could spend a good few hours just playing.

Thankfully I managed to pull myself away to explore the rest of the game, the UI is nothing special and I was disappointed to see so much of the game locked down until you earn enough stars. In career mode the only mode you can take part in is the the amateur 8-ball mode, which is made up of 5 times which consists of a range of matches. My favourite match type is called Killer, each player gets three lives and take it in turn to pot, if they miss, they lose a life who loses their lives first loses. If you pot two balls at once you earn a life, same for potting the black. It gets tactical quite quickly and I found it really enjoyable. Other modes include, Accuumilator, where you need to score as many points as possible or Speed Pot, where you have to pot a certain amount of balls within a required time frame.


The AI opponents are a mixed bag, they all have different ranks and therefore some are better than others, at times when you go up against certain opponents and despite you being in an amateur tournament you find yourself being 8-balled before you even realise it! At the same time though you do see them make silly mistakes being made and its then when you need to capitalise. Thankfully losing isn’t the end as you can still earn stars depending on if you met a certain criteria such potting only in corners. There are also a ton of accolades to earn, such as snookering your opponents a number of times or winning a certain amount of matches. You always feel like you are making progress in the game which is nice.

If you decide not to play the career mode you can take on some online opponents, you are able to see a list of people currently playing and invite them to a game type of your choosing. Each player has a DNA that shows all sorts of statistics about their play, you then have the option to download that players DNA and play them offline whenever you choose, a bit like a drivatar in Forza. You can create leagues to take part in against a group of players you invite or just play one off matches if you prefer.

The main things that Pure Pool prides itself on are physics and presentation and do you know what? Both are sublime in this game. Everytime you weigh up a shot, apply your spin you know that the balls on the table will react in exactly the same way that they would in a real table. Add that to the incredible lighting on the balls, the noise they make as the White ball crashes into the black ball to win you the match. Even the tables different cloths are just begging to be touched, that’s how good they look. The whole game appears to be set I a swanky bar and you can see and hear people socialising in the background while the funky tunes play, it creates a brilliant atmosphere.


With the game out a few months after the Playstation version I was hoping that the Xbox One title would have already had the updates that have been implemented, such as UK based matches but unfortunately you’ll be out of luck with this, hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll see this implemented. As much as this is a chilled out a game I found myself getting frustrated at having to watch the AI play their shots, it would be nice to be able to skip their shots but at present that isn’t something you can do, thankfully matches don’t take too long but I’m just impatient.

You can edit your profile so that you can have a certain table skin, cue and even preferred game type. Here you can also go through the accolades that you may have earned while playing.

VooFoo have done a brilliant job with Pure Pool, it helps that their isn’t much competition for pool games currently, but frankly if anyone tries to produce a similar game they will have a huge task on their hands to better this game.

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Pure Pool cued for Xbox One release

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VooFoo Studios & Ripstone today reminded us that their critically acclaimed pool simulation game; Pure Pool is cued up for launch on Xbox One and will be available for fans to download soon

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Improving on the unprecedented formula of the critically-acclaimed Hustle Kings, the team at VooFoo Studios has achieved a whole new level of realism in Pure Pool. Boasting the most authentic pool experience on the market; Pure Pool offers players the opportunity to experience a living, breathing pool hall – all from the convenience of the couch.

Players can look forward to live online Multiplayer; competing against worthy opponents in both head-to-head matches and in global online leagues.  Pure Pool will also track individual gaming-styles, creating a unique DNA profile as they play. It’s even possible to play against AI renditions of friends and foes when they’re not online.

Whether you prefer to spend your time playing solo or weighing up against the competition, connect and prepare to be blown away by the next best thing to real life Pool.

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Pure Pool for Xbox One Coming Soon


Many pool simulators have claimed to have cracked the game on console in the past, but VooFoo Studios’ Pure Pool offers fans the greatest reason of all time to pick up a virtual cue – it’s the next best thing to real life pool. Publisher Ripstone showcased the game earlier this month at E3, and everyone who got to experience it in action felt the effects first hand.

VooFoo Studios has a growing reputation for superior game simulations with stunning hyper real visuals, from Hustle Kings to Pure Chess, and their latest opus raises the bar higher than ever. Launching on Xbox One and other platforms, Pure Pool offers immediately accessible gameplay with high quality visuals and flawless physics, but there’s so much more to it than that.

Pure Pool is a socially connected game through and through and will immerse you in a bustling virtual pool hall packed with online players, all just itching to get racked up and take you on! Be it in a one-off head-to-head or as part of one of many global online leagues.

However, the unique Pure DNA profiling feature even gives solo gameplay a social dimension, allowing you to practice your shots against friends in their absence by playing an AI interpretation based on their playing styles. Players will even be able to take on the developers, simply by downloading their DNA profiles – which will be free at launch.

Pure Pool will be available to download soon, but for now just feast your eyes upon what lies in store… and prepare for the most authentic pool experience from the comfort of your couch!