In what is a themed pool experience, you find yourself in the South Pacific on an exotic beach that happens to be littered with pool tables. For a pool player, it's paradise, and if that's not enough, you can even play Skeepool, Darts and the original Dropzone arcade game.
But as the title implies, the core of the game lies on the pool table, and Pool Paradise demonstrates just how extensive and convincing such games can be. There are five modes of play, 11 rule sets, an array of table sizes and shapes, tournaments, a dynamic camera, 30 computer characters and some brilliant animation. It's great stuff, but that's all options and eye-candy.
To pool aficionados, it's all about gameplay. The balls need to roll in a realistic fashion and they should react to the table cushions accordingly. Sidespin, backspin and topspin must work as they do in the real-life sport, and the power put behind a shot should be reflected in what happens on the table. Pool Paradise does all this, and that's what makes it worthwhile.
In addition, the mouse play mechanic of the PC version gives players a greater feeling of control. Shots can be taken with greater precision, it can sometimes be a more skilful game, and overall players will get a greater feeling of satisfaction from the successful pot.