It has been six months since my review, and the developer hasn't been idle, here's the summarised changelog since the version I first looked at:
- Besides nineball there’s also eightball to play now.
- Framerate of the game is now more constant and fluid.
- A ticket system where you get 5 tickets for every 100 rankingpoints you gain. With tickets you can buy tables, cues, ranked matches and enter tournaments.
- Knockout tournaments of 16 and 32 players
- Leagues of 8 and 16 players
- Masters tournaments where the top 32 of the weekly ranking are invited every week.
- King of the Arena tournaments. A King of the hill style tournament where the winner of the tourney plays the current king of the arena. If he wins he becomes the new king. If the king extends his winning streak he gets 1000 ranking points times his winning streak.
- Beatdown tournaments. These are final only tournaments with high entryfee to gain 250 or 500 rankingpoints by just winning one match.
- Overall, Yearly, Monthly, Daily and Local Overall (based on your phone’s region settings) rankinglists.
- A message center to view exactly when you earned or spended tickets.
- Achievements for all kind of things like winning a specific type of tournament, clearing a table in one turn etc etc.
In other words, the full mechanics of a working set of real world competitions, with leagues and tournaments that might take weeks to play out. it's a far cry from the one-on-one immersive experience in, for example, International Snooker. There are pros and cons for each approach though.
A few screens from the new version:
What do you think? This may not be for me, but the idea of pitting wits against pool players around the world over many days may appeal to you? You can grab Pool Arena Online here in the Store.