Jimmy Whites - Whirlwind Snooker
Jimmy Whites - Whirlwind Snooker is one of the legendary pool games ever released on DOS. It was the first game to use sophisticated math programming to make the pool experience realistic. The game was pioneered by Arthur Mclean and released by Virgin Games. The gameplay involves both single and multiplayer modes. The game can be played using a keyboard while there is also a pointer for ease of scrolling. Jimmy Whites –Whirlwind Snooker has a spectacular pool table and the manual functions provide for minute adjustment for aiming. The after-shot scenes in the game are just like a flawless video which is appreciable. The player can set the view angle between 0-90 degrees by scrolling and rotate the pool table to check the dots. It is quite amazing how a game built in 90’s gives such a 3-d effect with the optimum use of processor and 16-bit display. The player also has the options to chalk spin, cue (left, right, top, bottom, set power before shot, opt for plain view or the chalk view and view the line of strike. The developers have included an option where the ball makes a face if the game is paused. The computer shot is also shown in an animation video, which changes the angle from top to bottom. With such amazing features, this game is cool to play even today.
Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Richard Branson expanded his Virgin business into computer games in the early 80s, initially concentrating on the ZX Spectrum. Within a few years they had an impressive roster of licenses, such as many Taito arcade games and UK publishing of Synergistic titles.
The company bought out Mastertronic in 1989, briefly using the name for reissues and Virgin Mastertronic for full-price titles.
In 1993 they became Virgin Interactive Entertainment, before eventually working with Electronic Arts. Ultimately they were bought by Titus as a subsidiary and the name Virgin Interactive Entertainment was used until April 2003.
The name was changed to Avalon Interactive in May 2003 and it was responsible for the European distribution of the group's games.