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3D Pool
alias Maltese Joe's 3D Pool [Prerelease name]
3D Pool - Double Barrel Screenshot
Information 15 reviews 1 manual Cheatcode 4 weblinks
8 screenshots 4 boxscans 2 diskscans 4 miscshots 5 conversions Gamemap
Year of the first release1989LicenseCommercial
Number of disks (or CD)1PublisherFirebird [Telecomsoft] - Rest of the World
MicroPlay (MicroProse) - USA
Number max of players2Budget publisherKixx (U.S. Gold) - Worldwide
Mirror Image (Mirrorsoft) - Worldwide
Simultaneous max players1DeveloperAardvark
ArtistsCoder : Nick Pelling (Orlando M. Pilchard)
Misc : Nick Pelling (Orlando M. Pilchard)
Language in manualEnglish
Amiga original gameno
Have cheatcodeyes
Have SPS releaseyes
WHD installyesWHD information
Updated  2002-12-21 16:51:45
HD installnoHD notes
SubcategorySport - Player
ThemeSport - Pool
ViewpointFirst Person
Conversion hardwareAmstrad/Schneider CPC464/664/6128
Atari ST/E
BBC Electron (Acorn)
BBC Micro/Electron (Acorn)
Commodore C64/128
MSX 1/2
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48/128/+2/+3
Tandy PC/IBM PCjr
Conversion notes

PC versions: Hercules, CGA, EGA, Tandy

N.B. Released in the U.S. on the PC/Tandy as SHARKEY'S 3D POOL.

Classic compilation
Page views: 6856 - Last update: 31st March 2015
Rarity: One version is common, at least one other version is rare One version is common, at least one other version is rareOne version is common, at least one other version is rare

[1] Originally planned by Firebird to be a licensed game called MALTESE JOE'S 3D POOL, it was officially endorsed by then-British and European pool champion, 'Maltese' Joe Barbara (pictured in-game HERE and HERE). When MicroProse bought Telecomsoft (including Firebird) in 1989, however, a decision was presumably made to shorten the name to 3D POOL and not plaster Joe Barbara's endorsement of the game all over the packaging. Even so, Barbara's name remained in the game itself and he was briefly mentioned on the back of the game box of the UK release (see HERE and HERE).

[2] Game design & code by Nick Pelling (Orlando M. Pilchard).

[3] Kixx budget release No. 1 in the dual format PC/Amiga game series.

[4] Only the Firebird and Mirror Image UK versions of 3D POOL contain the animation of 'Maltese' Joe Barbara potting a ball (see screenshots HERE and HERE). Conversely, Microplay's U.S. version contains an unrelated loading picture instead.

A hidden message from coder Nick Pelling is contained in the game code and reads:

"Maltese Joe plays 3D-Pool. Designed & Programmed by Orlando (lucky geezer, eh?) ...I know this should be a scrolling message, but, well, times are hard. Please don't pirate this game - my last three games bombed out and I'm on the breadline, paying off debts. "Millionaire whizz coder prangs Porsche" - HA! ... no chance of that! I don't even own a pushbike, let alone a car. This is my first 16-bit game: if you rip it off, it'll be my last. For what it's worth though, I hope you really enjoy the game - I've been working on it for a year now, and I still love it. Before I disappear, some quick 'thank you's.... Thanks to Colin Fuidge, and Joe 'Big Q' Bonar for all their support and encouragement during gestation (I s'pose)... Also, ta Gary Liddon for his 'specialist' knowledge (without him the world would be an emptier place). Generally, thanks to all at TelecomSoft (as was) - it's the end of an era, folks. Thanks to MicroProse - let's take it from here. Biggest thanks goes to a certain small furry animal. (((I'll see you later))) Many thanks to all the people who shelled out money for this - you're the people this is really for. Stop reading this! go back and play the game!! There is no cheat-mode!! * MESSAGE ENDS * "

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