On my DS: World Snooker Championship 07-08

[intro]The ideal long-haul travel game?[/intro] Snooker games are dull, but sometimes dull is OK. Sometimes all you want is something to pick away

[intro]The ideal long-haul travel game?[/intro] Snooker games are dull, but sometimes dull is OK. Sometimes all you want is something to pick away at on a long journey. Maybe you’re staring down the barrel of a two-hour wait in a transit lounge, jet-lagged from a transatlantic flight without the will or ability to play anything too taxing. This is when dull is OK.

World Snooker Championship Season 2007-08 on Nintendo DS plays like most snooker games. On the bottom screen you get a 3D player’s eye view of the table, with a plan view on the top screen (you can switch this round if you like).  Moving the stylus around the bottom screen rotates the view and your aim, while the movement of the cueball and the target ball are indicated by short dotted lines. Fine adjustments can be made by holding down a shoulder button, but even then sometimes there’s not quite enough accuracy to pull off the shot. That doesn’t happen a lot, but often enough to be a little annoying. You take a shot by setting a power bar then stroking the stylus down and back up the screen. It plays a solid enough game. The ball movement is a bit slow and jerky, but that aside it’s all good. There are quick-play options and a Career mode to add a bit of depth, with half-decent commentary from John Virgo. Do I like it? Yes. That’s why it’s on my DS today, and has been for the last week, in fact. Will you like it? Yes – if you like snooker and you've got time to kill. World Snooker Championship Season 2007-08 is out now on Nintendo DS. Horganator out.