Annoying pop ups and other scams
Have been using the app ever since it has existed. First major complaint I have is the number of pop ups on the screen. As soon as you open the app you get these ads, previous challenges, online players - everything in form of annoying pop ups. When you try to play a match, there is a quick pop up as soon as you click a city. It feels like the app is trying to force you into accidentally buying a cue or coins. And these pop ups continue to show up even if you are playing a match. Accidental clicks on these pop ups exit us from the ongoing match and we lose the bet.
Another major complaint is regarding the spin, scratch and rewards in general. I don’t think the creators understand how a spinning wheel should work. The wheel is supposed to be completely random and not based on your level or VIP points. It is okay to have different ranges of rewards for different levels, but manipulating a wheel by showing higher rewards which a person will never get is unethical in every sense.
In summary, I think the app is turning into a scam which is manipulating players into spending money. In my opinion, it’s not the right way to make money, just a smart strategy. I would prefer buying what I like instead of having me click on an ad and manipulating me into buying what I wouldn’t buy myself.
I have given 2 stars for the functionality, table designs and for having 9 ball included.
I felt more of those negative thoughts
I felt it in the long run of playing 8 ball pool. First its fine ,good, enjoyable. But now in more of annoyance. Like something fishy is going on in most of the games. Like, there’s someone manipulating every aspects in the game. That someone is pulling me away from winning or losing most of my coins. Even if its obvious that im the winner. It turned upside down. Sometimes my preparation for the next balls is excellent, the table & balls moved. Sometimes i’ve potted all the balls, except the last ball. When i’ve potted the last ball and I’m the winner, suddenly the last ball came back to its place where it was before i hit it, and suddenly the opponent turned out to be hitting the ball. And frustratingly, the opponent wins. Let me clear it, I didn’t potted the cue ball. There are many more of something odds or irregularity that I am feeling while playing. Even the sequence of opponents, sometimes there is something odd. An hours ago, & even yesterday, i always bet & always 50K for double the money. Ever being irritated, so I double-tap or triple-tap the 50K coz I’m annoyed already, yet still variety of 200, 500, 5,000, & 20K are the games that being given to me. I’m catching up to bring back my losed coins while having a feeling that thats not fair. So I steadily bet for 50K. But what do I get? Who will be happy when this is happening t you. You want to play for enjoyment, but what is this!
Glitches or intentional?
I like the different game goals (rings) and the look of different tables and options it gives, but other than that I’m not impressed. One problem is it doesn’t match you with players in your “ranking or experience”. A beginner may end up with an opponent that has been classified as a pro or better, depending on how long they’ve been playing. Also too many interruptions when playing with challenger banners or wanting you to challenge your FB friends. The cue stick charges don’t last through a game if you have a bad break then you may have to recharge more than once for consistent shots and that’s in addition to placing a bet. The balls sometimes can hang half over a pocket to drop then it jolts back towards the table, but the cue can too often roll with ease for a scratch. It’s just a bit fishy when you AND your opponents ball should have dropped but jolts back from the hole. There are a few more minor issues that are annoying like not being able to type your own text for chat. I’d rather it was emojis than some of the stupid pretext messages and then you have to buy more if you want to add some. Shows a lot of greed. Plus it’s anybody’s guess as to who is going to break. If you play 5 games in a row with a different player each game you may not get to break on any of those even if you lost previously. All of this is even after purchasing the app. 🙄
Nothing but a money trap
By never agian83
Ok so I figured it out I think.. you play other players in the lower levels and lose. A lot. You only win just enough to get hooked, unless you pay big bucks, you’ll never see the higher levels. Why? Well. The game limits how far you go. How? If you miss one shot. I mean just one, the other players, (which some are the computer posing as real people) can run the whole table without you getting another shot AT ALL. Then you lose your coins and get kicked back to a lower level. The cycle repeats itself until you are scrambling to win your money back to compete in higher levels. Once you start getting close, your shots start to get off and your aim isn’t accurate (I literally screen recorded me playing and witnessed on the slow mo playback that even tho my aim was right, the computer made me miss the shot). Then you have to spend more coins to recharge your stick. They then give you spins and free coins, 100 to 300 coins a pop to keep you playing. After realizing you can’t beat the game, you go ahead and spend money to purchase more coins to play at higher levels, the cycle goes on and on until next thing you know, you’re back at no coins and either have to play at the lower stages or pay again to temporarily play at the higher ones. This game is a money trap and I’ll only play it to pass the time. But don’t expect to really win much.
Like the game, but many areas of frustration.
By John in USA
Way too many ads for “deals.” I’m always the lucky recipient of pool cue “pieces” that I don’t want. I upgraded my cue and I’m fine with it. I don’t need 25 other cues that are no where as good as mine! The daily spin is fixed! 90% of spins land on 50, 100 or 500. Any sensible person would be able to figure out that it’s rigged. Scratchers are the same, I’ve had a few big ones but I know they are just to bait me. And the trash talk and silly slang comments are not for any mature adult, I have disabled the chat feature (once I found out you could) and I enjoy the game much more without being harassed by juvenile acting people. Sometimes I feel like I’m playing with bots. I believe when I began the game a few years ago, I played every single person in India. Now all I get are people in Brazil. Nothing wrong with either country, just makes you wonder how your opponents are chosen and if everything with this game is on the up and up. Like I said, it’s fun....just don’t spend a lot of money, play within your means, disable chat unless you like it and be careful when selecting your game, it’s programmed to put you in the most expensive game you can afford and I’ve been suckered early on into some high coin games because I was too quick with my finger. Slide, don’t tap lol.
Fun & sometimes Rage inducing 😂
By Color Switch Player D
There are times where I absolutely hate the game because I keep losing to people with a higher skill level than me. The way they select your opponent is completely random, which on one note can be pretty fun. But then on another note, you got someone who is a skill level 16 (like me) playing up against a skill level 131 or even higher. (I have seen on the world leaderboard someone with a skill level of 972) Which can seem pretty unfair, but winning against them is not impossible, but it is really hard. I do like most of the concepts in the game. The fact that you can get a huge amount of cues in your collection is pretty sweet. With more cues, you have a ton of different advantages. And the general designs of some of the cues are really nice. When it comes to the games themselves, they are pretty simple, but you do have to make sure you aim correctly. Because sometimes when it seems like you have a perfect aim, it could actually go a bit lower or a bit higher than what you think, so just keep note of that. Overall it is a pretty fun game, but for those who tend to have a little gamer rage, this game can certainly get you a little mad when you get put up against someone that is super experienced.
I used to think that this app was a 5 star app. This week it has gone down to a 3. After this last update everything worked fine, but, now it’s very frustrating to play. I like being competitive with my friends and in the club I’m in, but, this past week, when I win a game, I will get the winning coins in my player page, but, when I go to my friends page or my club page, there are no coins...Zero and it doesn’t matter how many games I win, it still says zero. Very frustrating when you like to compete with people. I have already been kicked out of a good club because I can’t increase my coins off of zero. So, I have tried deleting the app and reinstalling it, but, it is still the same way. And I live in the United States and it has me living in Canada now. There’s no way that I have found to change it back to the US. If this can’t be fixed, without me losing my level that I’m at and all my coins and money that I have, then I’m ready to delete the app and be done with it. I would hate to do that because I play it a lot and like the competition, but, if there is no competition there is no sense in playing anymore. Please try to fix this problem and I’ll change my rating back.
lol@not a sore loser
By mvs rtr
the ball goes EXACTLY where you aim it...and you NEVER know when you are going to win...u might have it played out in your head..a good player will play at least 2-3 ahead...a great player(ahem ahem, sorta like myself, within 20 seconds the whole rack is played out in my head) believe it, dont believe makes no difference to me...i just get tired of hearing people whine about this and that...Also, you are correct aboit the spins, the spins are not there to make you rich...they are there to so you can snag a few extra coins for broke people, they are also there to get new players to spend some real cheese on their app...some do, some do not...i believe i am over 500 lvl at the moment, and have had the miniclip 8ball pool app for around 3-4 years without playing any in the past year(maybe get on once a month and do the free shot for the $5 cash...ive never had a ball not go where i aimed it..now every once in a great while if you hit a ball at full power into a pocket,well, it sorta acts like playing pool in real life, balls will jump out on rare occasions...also, snowbird1434 is player name and you can see if i am not telling my truth... gl to you
By Bootzilla in da house
This is a fantastic game. Been playing it for years. Have built up my coins over time, never playing for more than 100k. For a long time would only play for 1,000. Only the past few months usually playing for 20k per game. I’m an above average player and have played about 5,000 matches. I unintentionally selected a match for 2,000,000, which is quite easy to do with the interface and I’m surprised I never unintentionally did this before. The game starts and the opponent breaks. A couple stripes go in. He/she starts taking crazy shots with minimal time taken to line them up and balls are bouncing every which way. Each shot ends up with a stripe going in. The bot’s final shot with the 8 ball is the craziest with the 8 ball heading off towards the corner and then all of a sudden careening off a random ball flying around knocking it straight into the side pocket. It all happened so fast I’m not even sure if a pocket was called for the 8 ball. It was so obviously a bot I was playing, causing me to lose over half my coins. I never even got to take a shot in the match. Has been a fantastic game for years and then this utter nonsense happened. Really disappointing. Super disappointing. A bot? C’mon, guys. You just wiped out so much good will. What a shame.
This WAS a good game...
I've been playing this game for a couple of years now and have really, really, liked it. Until this week. Some ppl just can't leave well enough alone. The commercial content and coin collecting aspect of it had been tolerable until the latest changes. If you want to play slot machines, and trash talk with friends, then maybe you will get some enjoyment out of it. But for the pool purist, or someone interested in actually playing an accurate computer sim of the game, keep looking. This game is now catered to the kids... A pool stick that you have to continually pay credits to recharge? Ridiculous. So sad to see the end of my favorite ipad game... Hey guys at Miniclip, how about reinvesting in making the game actually better? Instead you're just constantly inventing different ways to get another few dollars out of everyone. Also, it's a little fishy how out of my thousands of daily spins, I seem to land on $100 about 80% of the time... and, I don't EVER recall winning anything other than a thousand bucks or so on a "Scratcher." I wouldn't play these at all if I weren't forced to, so if you're going to force ppl to play, you could at least make it fair. Oh, and enough with the bazillion different pool sticks! Geeeez!