3D Pool (Firebird)

3D Pool (Firebird)


3D Pool is a solid-shaded three dimensional version of 8-ball Pool, following the usual rules of the game.

3D Pool allows the player to compete in a pool tournament against seven others players - No-Good Nik, Mighty Mike, Catford Kid, Flash Harry, Fast Freddy, Jack Derrida, and Billy T. Kid - with the winner taking on European Pool Champion 'Maltese' Joe Barbara!

The game also has a practice mode where the player takes part in a one-off game against a random opponent. There is also the chance to sit back and watch a demo game between two computer controlled players, or try and succeed in a series of pre-defined Trick Shots, or create your own.

Power, direction and spin can all be applied before the cue ball is struck, and you can also change the viewing angle as if you are really there at the table.

3D Pool was available for the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC (called 'Sharky's 3D Pool'), Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Spectrum and MSX computers.

The latter two versions featured monochrome graphics, so extra options allowed the player to change the colour schemes of the main display.


1 thought on “3D Pool (Firebird)

  1. Grunaki

    I had 3D pool for the ST and Sharkey’s Pool for the PC (which – not having a PC of my own at the time – I used to play on the library computers in College, and which got me yelled at by the techies a couple of times as well!).. I didn’t actually think they were the same game until I saw this article.

    I wasn’t such a big fan of the ST version, and then Archer Maclean’s Pool came out for it (Using the ‘Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker’ engine) and that was really the definitive ST/Amiga pool game, so I didn’t play this much after that.

    I found Sharkey’s Pool a lot more playable though (even though the graphics were lower rez,the game played better) and to be honest I mostly played it in 2D mode. I also liked that you could play 9-Ball and there was another rotation mode with 50 target balls on the table which was also fun.


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