Arcade Pool - Manual
This is an exciting arcade-style Pool game for 1 to 8 players. It combines
realistic poolhall action, authentic sound effects, offical rules of many
different games, the option to configure your own custom rules and a simple,
yet highly accurate control system to make this the most definitive pool
Arcade Pool was designed and written for the AMIGA series of home computers
and as such will run fine on any system. Additionally, Arcade Pool will
detect and make use of the AGA chipset should your machine be suitably
equipped. The enchancements include better sound and improved ball graphics.
You will need an Amiga computer equipped with 1Meg or More of RAM and a mouse
attached in the appropriate port. This game does NOT use a joystick.
To load Arcade Pool, simply reset your machine and insert the disk. After a
while, the Team 17 logo will appear and following that, the game menu and
a demonstration will commence.
During loading, you will be informed of the configuration that the game has
recognised whether you get enchanced graphics and sound and if the game will
utilise a disk cache(memory permitting).
From this you will be able to select the following
- Start New Game
- Player Set Up
- View Hall Of Fame
- Demo Session
- Save/Load Options
START NEW GAME
This will take you into the main game selection menu and allows you to pick
a game from any of the styles available(see later) and what type of game
you would like. The game will then commence with the environment set up in
the Options and the Player-Setup sub-menu.
PLAYER SET UP
This allows you to specify player names and whether or not they are
controlled by the computer (CPU). A monitor/Screen next to the name means
that the player is controlled by the computer - clicking on ths will change
it to a mouse icon and this specifies that it is a human player. Click on
the player name to edit with keyboard.
In here are various options which effect how the game is played.
- Aiming Aid : Line/Outline/None
- Skill Level : Easy/Normal
- Table Friction : Low/Normal/High
- Sound : Music/Sound-Effects
Additionally, there are a set of options which govern how the "CUSTOM POOL"
is regulated and enable you to set up exactly how you prefer to play, with
what table and ball etc. Options are also available will enable you to
configure to your own regional 8-Ball rules.
Note that both scoring games("9-Ball challenge" and "Speed Pool") ignore
the options settings so that all games played have the same environment.
VIEW HALL OF FAME
This displays the top ten scores in "9-Ball Challenge" and the top ten times
for "Speed Pool". Top ranking challenge game players are also shown. These
lists can be loaded/saved via the Load/Save options.
Watch the CPU players battle it out in a self-running demomstration of
From here you can load/save the Hall of Fame mentioned earlier, or save/load
situations for the "Trickshot" mode. Follow on-screen prompts carefully when
using these options.
SELECT GAME STYLE
When starting a new game, you will be offered a number of different game
styles. Games are available in a variety of modes depending on the number of
SINGLES (Best of 1/3/5 games)
TOURNAMENT (Knock-out tournament)
CHALLENGE (Against CPU opponents)
Game styles available are as follows;
This game uses regular 8-Ball rules, with the UK Ballset on a green table.
Uses current option set-ups and is available in Singles, Tournament or
As above only with US set-up (Spots/Stripes and Blue Baize table). Standard
8-Ball Pool Rules apply.
A single player game where anything goes, nothing is illegal and you can pick
up and move balls as you please. Options on screen allow you to add and remove
balls in setting up trickshots, which can be loaded and saved with the
Save/Load Options. Uses the current options for play.
Uses the current set options and the additional Custom-Pool options which
allow you to configure how the game is played. This is available in Singles
Tournament or Challenge modes.
Played with a US set-up and available in Singles, Tournament or Challenge
8/15 BALL POOL (STRAIGHT POOL)
This is a single player only game and is based on 9-Ball but with full
scoring. For details of this, consult the rules specified later in this
This is a single game, the object is to clear all the balls from the table
in any order. Best times are recorded. This is available in Singles and
Challenge mode, where to keep competing, you have to beat the time limit.
This is an enjoyable tournament for up to 8 players all of whom must aim to
be the last "Survivor"(or alternatively, the "Killer"). Its great fun if
there are a number of you around and this one will really test players
ability to pot ball under pressure.
ON-SCREEN DISPLAY AND ICONS
The main game display shows you the table from the direct overhead view. The
shot power indicator is on the bottom right and is tweaked by clicking on the
sliding scale, with a full red line indicating maximum power.
Next to the power indicator is the spin icon. Clicking on this cue ball will
affect how the ball react, so you can apply back, side and top spin onto the
cue ball to aid you in postioning for you next shots.
If you are playing in EASY mode, the movements of the cue ball after hitting
the target ball will be shown by the dotted line or ball outline.
If you are playing a game where it is vital that that you know the ball
numbers on the spots/stripes ballset, an indicator will be to the left of the
spin icon. If you move the cursor over the ball on the table, its number will
be displayed on the indicator - so make sure you know what you are supposed
to be hitting next by using this very useful icon.
On the left, there are five icons which have the following effects;
-Exit To Main Menu
In the top left corner of the display, to the left of the player name, is the
ball or ball type that the player should be currently aiming for. In the
event of any ball being able to be played, a hybrid ball appears.
MAKING A SHOT
The mouse pointer icon will change to indicate the control options avilable;
Postion the crosshair to aim the cue ball and click the left mouse button
BALL MOVEMENT GRAPHIC
This means that the balls are in play and no input is possible untill all
the balls have come to a rest.
Use this to select the Power, Spin or Control functions in the lower area
of the screen.
The Cue Ball may be picked up and positioned wherever the player wants
(following a foul).
A CPU player is thinking about its shot.
Paused, Click left mouse button to continue.
After postioning your ball with the crosshair and clicking on the left button
a dotted line or ball outline will appear showing the ball`s path.
If you are playing in EASY skill mode, the deflection of the cue-ball after
hitting the target ball we also be shown - this makes it much easier to avoid
accidently potting the cue ball by mistake (called a 'SCRATCH' in the US)
Note: If playing with no aiming aid, you will just see the cross hair.
At this point you can still modify you shot strength and spin by using the
relevant icons at the bottom of the display.
When you are ready to make your shot, press the right mouse button to shoot.