There's been some debate as to the difference between Pool and Billiards, but the latter is used as a more generalized term. This means that as long as you have a cue, a table with holes, and colored balls, you can be said to be playing Billiards. There's a reason why this game is so popular in lounge areas and sports halls which has a lot to do with atmosphere. In some ways, it can be seen as a very casual game while in others it's very skillful and intense. To become an expert at the game, you'll need to master the right techniques.
Not everyone has access to a reliable Billiards hall and so we must turn to the digital world for an alternative. The game is designed in such a way that it's very easy to recreate it which is why so many Billiards video games exist. This one takes the game at its base form and presents everything in a very clear-cut manner that's easy to take in even if you've never played the game before. It works as an effective practice tool as well as a relaxed game to play in your spare time. With enough playtime, you could gain the confidence to play a real game.
How to Play
Billiards is a 2D top-down table game about shooting balls into holes using a cue controlled by the mouse. To take a shot, look for the all-white cue ball and click on it. This will bring up the cue which you can move all around the ball to aim and line up your shot. By holding down the left mouse button, you can determine the shot's power as indicated by a rising and lowering bar on the side of the screen. When you have the power you want, let go of the left mouse button to take the shot.
This is arranged as a solo game where the goal is to knock all the colored balls into the holes (ideally as fast as possible). The black 8-ball has to be knocked in last otherwise you risk losing the game. The cue ball can be used to knock multiple balls around and into each other to make shots and set up shots. If you sink the cue ball, that will count against you. The game ends when all the colored balls have been knocked into holes.
Tips and Tricks
This game is heavily reliant on mathematics and your understanding of angles. The setup is made in such a way that angular shots can be surprisingly accurate so take your time to measure things out. You should also use powerful shots sparingly as they can very easily backfire.
- Platforms: Web Browser (PC and mobile), iOS, and Android
- Languages: English
What is the difference between Billiards, Pool, and Snooker?
Even though Billiards has become a blanket term for games involving cues, tables with holes, and colored balls, this hasn't always been the case. Historically speaking, the three games were very different with Billiards originally being a game played outside on the lawn usually reserved for the elite.
Games similar to Billiards
This may be on the more casual side but it counts as a sport meaning that it fits into the Sports and Pool Games categories on GamePix. Also, there are games like Archery World Tour, Super Baseball, 8 Ball Pool, and Billiard Blitz Challenge.