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The fanciful idea behind Magnetic Billiards is it’s a digital interpretation of a game found in a dusty bundle of papers hidden in a long-forgotten attic. It takes billiards, removes the pockets, makes the balls magnetic, and then has you perform all manner of trick shots to accrue high scores.
If you think you’re a dab hand at this kind of thing, because you can pot a pool ball by smacking it off of a cushion, you’re likely to get a rude awakening here. Balls must only connect with those of the same color, and points are added for bouncing off table edges and also ‘buzzing’ (grazing) balls of other colors. Additionally, bonuses are awarded for ending up with a group of colored balls in a long string or representing a specific shape.
This, then, is a rewarding game of strategy, where it pays to think ahead, and carefully set up conditions that will enable you to rocket a ball back and forth, buzzing several others as it goes. There’s the brainwork and tension found within pool, but with several extra layers. For free, you get 20 tables to try; for $1.99/£1.49, you can buy the Skeleton Key, unlocking dozens more.
Price: FREE with IAP
Platform: iPhone & iPad
Developer: Zee 3 Limited
- Inventive and interesting
- Loads of levels to try
- A touch fiddly at times
- Not actually magnetic