Disc Pool

Common Sense Media says

Simple, fun billiards-type game with great multiplayer mode.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are only a few simple controls to learn, and they work relatively smoothly.

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Privacy & safety

You can find an opponent for multiplayer games via Apple's Game Center app community. You can invite a Game Center friend, or find a random opponent. There is no chatting, and only screen names are shown.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disc Pool is a billiards-type game. The app has a nice solo mode and a lengthy "puzzle mode" that helps you learn strategies and tactics. But multiplayer is the highlight. Opponents for multiplayer games, though, are found through Game Center, which is a relatively safe online community that features no chat and doesn't use real names (unless someone uses their real name as a screen name -- this might be a good time to review online safety issues with your child).

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DISC POOL's simplicity is one of its greatest assets. Similar to a standard game of pool, you need to use a cue to sink discs (more like air hockey pucks than billiard balls) into corner pockets on the game table. The app lets you play against computer opponents or real opponents via Wi-Fi or through Apple's Game Center. It's a popular multiplayer game, so finding a random opponent is not too difficult. Within seconds, you can be playing against someone -- although you never know what that person's skill level will be. There's a great "puzzle mode" that sets up the pool table with loads of different challenging scenarios for you to conquer in a specific number of turns; it's a great sort of tutorial (although long enough to be a game unto itself) that will help you learn new skills and strategies in case you match up against a veteran player.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:December 3, 2010
Category:Sports Games
Publisher:Miniclip
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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