It's time for a simple, gorgeous game of billiards, the heads of the mobile gaming pantheon have decreed. Super Paper Pool from One Side Software is a bit like a cross between billiards, mini-golf, and maybe just a touch of Peggle, too. It's a game of precise shots and lucky breaks, where the slightest twitch of your finger can win or lose a level.
Each of the 70+ tables in Super Paper Pool features movable shapes, matching slots, a cue ball, and your hovering stick just outside of the action. Tap and drag to choose the angle of your shot, then tap the "fix" icon at the bottom of the screen to hold the stick in place. Now simply drag, pull back and push forward to knock the cue ball, tapping the shapes on the screen and pushing them as close as you can get to their respective goals.
Far from basic geometric shapes, levels in Super Paper Pool adopt convoluted patterns that require some serious skills later in the game. Par isn't too difficult to hit, and if you ever need to take a mulligan, you can purchase them in packs via IAP. All of this is set in a series of lovely backdrops with soothing music and tasty artwork that will keep you calm even when you miss the most obvious shots. A great little arcade game that's sure to keep you busy on a long train ride.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.