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Pool Nation lines up PSN release today

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Doctor! Doctor!! I think I’m turning into a pool ball. Get to the back of the queue!

Dawn breaks over a wet and grey Manchester. It’s raining. Again. Outside the office window, a shopping trolley is having a race down the Irwell with a slightly crazed duck. The big money is on the duck.

Inside, it’s approaching fever pitch as the finishing touches are put to our first game, Pool Nation. A small band of just 10 occasionally-presentable gamers, we’re giving our balls that one last polish. Ball obsession may sound like something a ’70s DJ may be afflicted with, but here at CherryPop, in one way or another, we’re all smitten.

We’ve even been known to dress up as giant pool balls and scare small children.


In Huw’s corner, he’s doing what astrophysicists do best – bouncing pool balls around and making sure they behave themselves. To Huw, a spot of ball-on-ball interaction is physics porn, pure and simple. Nobody describes the inner dynamics of what happens on the baize, second by second, quite like Huw.

Gary, on the other hand, loves to admire his balls. Not just beautiful balls, but gorgeous, shiny balls in gorgeous, shiny settings. Right now, he’s wondering whether to give them another good buffing, or just let them be – after all, he can already see his face in them.

Matt puts it all together in a sexy little package, making Huw’s ball action and Gary’s good looks work. Matt also has an online alter-ego, the question-fielding “Dr Matt”. No Pool Nation question is too big, none too small. Dr Matt explains that it’s a positive sign if your balls turn black, and how streaking is a wonderful thing – if you’re playing Endurance, of course.

We want our maiden title to count. The way to do that is by belief, and by making the best-playing, the best-designed and the best looking pool game ever made.

Yes we’re a small team. True, we may have an obsession with all things round and shiny, and yes, we can’t write a press release without alluding to Uncle Dave’s cue envy. But what we do well is make great Pool Games. We hope you agree, as we’re really very proud of what we’ve achieved.

Check out our launch trailer to see our shiny balls in action:

Buy Pool Nation from the PlayStation store today, priced at £4.99/€6.19!

PS. The duck won.

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Interesting method: Use some GTA-like box art and attract gamers that way. Please report on Gamasutra then if it helped and boosted your sales. ;)

Looks well COOL:P

Okay, game purchased. Looks awesome.

For Playstation Plus users, there is 50% : the price is 3€71

Asmerith 22 May, 2013 @ 1:44 pm   4

This blog post is fantastic :)

xXiNiXx 22 May, 2013 @ 1:49 pm   5

Can you play this on the vita? Seems like a simple game that can be played on a vita? Or does remote play work with this game on the vita? Since remote play would work better on the vita, i guess this game seems simple enough to work through remote play?

Anyone?

supersmith2500 22 May, 2013 @ 1:57 pm   6

Yes, what plaform for? Vita, PS3 or both?

    Gemma Jessop 22 May, 2013 @ 3:50 pm    

    PS3 only at the moment – but we have been experimenting with balls on Vita version…. :)

Jacko_the_lad 22 May, 2013 @ 2:11 pm   7

The amount of innuendos make this post my actual favourite. :D

LordOfThePies80 22 May, 2013 @ 3:13 pm   8

Is this one really worth picking up if you already own Hustle Kings? I’m not trying to be rude, but it does kinda look like a ‘fancy light bulb dlc’ for Hustle Kings.

    Gemma Jessop 22 May, 2013 @ 3:46 pm    

    No its a fair question – Pool Nation looks good but in all honesty its the game-play that we concentrated on, it’s the game-play that’s key, we want it to be a pick up and play game, and one that will evolve with you.

    We’re a small company and we listen, we’re already developing the Snooker DLC to follow (with new locations) and the trickshot editor, with objects will be out next month – its a great bit of kit, limited only by your imagination (think loop-the-loops, basket ball hoops, speed up strips and more…)

    And Endurance is an absolute blast!

    There is a lot more to Pool Nation than meets the eye – and there’s a lot more to come too!!!! Our aim is to keep it interesting and try not to stand still :)

LordOfThePies80 22 May, 2013 @ 4:05 pm   9

Thanks for the reply Gemma. You’ve definitely sold it to me.
The snooker DLC sounds intriguing too.
HK did make a great snooker game, but the table had tighter pockets than a Yorkshireman.

SwingerE11 22 May, 2013 @ 4:17 pm   10

Looks good
I’ll wait for Vita version

johnnyquicknives 22 May, 2013 @ 4:20 pm   11

Is this in some way related to Inferno Pool? I think I played the demo of this on 360 a while back and if its the same game it seemed VERY similar to Inferno. Which is a good thing, I still play the endurance mode (and multiplayer) Inferno Pool pretty often.

soldier455567 23 May, 2013 @ 3:13 am   12

the psn erred in charging the game tekken tag 2 charging 17.99, but for users plus it was only 10.76.
what do I have to prove
thank you