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Lunar Pool [3 Screw - Round Seal]
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Console: Nintendo NES
Region:U
Year: 1987
RFG ID #: U-027-S-03850-A
Part #: NES-LP-USA
UPC: 022909100018
Developer: Compile
Publisher: FCI
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Genre: Sports
Sub-genre: Billiards
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge 24 KB
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  • 135 of 7622 collectors (1.7%) have this game in their collection
  • 2 of 7622 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 0 of 7622 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Review:

In this futuristic billiards game, players are tasked with completing 60 levels without running out of “lives” in the form of balls. Players lose lives for scratching or failing to pocket a numbered ball in three consecutive shots. Prior to starting a game, players have the option to adjust the friction of the tables, which range from the highest setting, a full power shot barely moves, to no friction whatsoever, which has the balls never stop until they eventually roll into a pocket. Players also have the option of starting on the level of their choice, and once level 60 is completed the game circles back to table 1 and continues from there until all 60 levels have been played. Gameplay in Lunar Pool much more akin to that of a puzzle game, as every shot demands focus on both aim and power. While the game is mentally demanding, getting through a table without missing a shot nets the player a “perfect”, which will increase the scoring rate exponentially, and usually produce extra lives. It should also be mentioned that a free life is given out after each completed table. What makes Lunar Pool unique is the variety of table layouts. While the standard rectangle with six outer pockets is here, it only is used for two levels. Tables are made up of several different shapes and sizes, some with a multitude of pockets, and some with only one solitary pocket. In all, 30 different tables, each with 2 sets of ball placements, make up the 60 levels of the game. This variety adds a lot of replay value. Not only that, but the strategy of casual play for score is a much different experience than a completion attempt in terms of intensity. No passwords or battery saves mean the game must be completed in one sitting, with each table usually taking about 2 to 4 minutes. For how simple the premise is, this game offers a surprising amount of depth and replay value, and can be enjoyed 1 player alone, 1 player vs. a computer opponent, or 2 players versus. If you enjoy puzzle games, and have any appreciation for billiards, this game is definitely worth giving a shot.
Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom J S Lunar Ball Pony Canyon 1985 Sports
Nintendo NES A S Lunar Pool FCI 1992 Game Simulator
Nintendo NES Germany S Lunar Pool FCI 1992 Game Simulator
Nintendo NES France S Lunar Pool FCI 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES United Kingdom S Lunar Pool FCI 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES Spain S Lunar Pool FCI 1992 Sports
Nintendo NES U S Lunar Pool [5 Screw] FCI 1987 Sports
Nintendo NES U S Lunar Pool [3 Screw - Oval Seal] FCI 1989 Sports
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