8 Ball Pool for iOS is a cool game of billiards against online players. The look and mechanics are solid, and are sure to satisfy pool fans with its pseudo accuracy.
8 Ball Pool presents in landscape mode, though it truly doesn't matter, since you'll be twisting and turning your gizmo every which way to get the shot you want. The game is viewed from an aerial point of view, looking straight down at a billiards table below. There are a few different modes of play, but my favorite is the straightforward, 8-ball, against live, online opponents. Just place the cue ball anywhere within the zone to lineup your break shot, then crack that cluster of balls and see which suit you get to be for the game. Then sink all your balls like Minnesota Fats. First one to clear all their balls, then the 8-ball, wins.
The controls are outstanding on this one. There's a power meter over to the left that gauges the strength of your shots. Just putt back as little or as much as you want, then tap to shoot. The physics and accuracy are fantastic, allowing for intricacy in play. The graphics are colorful and pleasing to the eye. The animation is smooth and clean, very rarely showing stutters and hangs. The online multi-player is occasionally laggy to connect at first match-up, but generally good. The sounds go for realism and were effective.
8 Ball Pool is the best pool app I've tried. Love this one, largely due to the superior mechanics.