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Subpar Pool (2023) is a whimsical sports game that combines golf and pool. You take on a series of pool table challenges, aiming to clear each one below a set number of shots. It stands out not only for the unusual twist on pool but how the idea is extended with all manner of customisations.

Each hole is like a pool table, with different shapes, types of balls and other unexpected quirks. You use one stick to position the ball and the other to aim. It's a challenge of planning and thinking ahead that always shows you where your ball will go before you hit it.

As you progress you work through four different worlds with different obstacles, hazards and challenges. Each time you play, the tables are freshly generated which means it's always different. You can also earn 18 different cards that introduce new rules that either help or hinder. How about a ball that homes in on the cueball? Or why not add a huge ball that moves really slowly? Then there's the card that adds a ball that splits in two, or another one that adds a ball that shatters. Particularly funny is the card that adds more balls.

The result is a welcoming game that creates a fresh tactile take on pool. Being able to change the rules of the game with the cards makes it great fun for families and offers a nice route to thinking about how games are made.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Subpar Pool 6 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Shooting and Sports game with Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. To do well at the game you need to understand aiming and the general rules of pool (and golf). Younger players can enjoy playing around with the balls and seeing how they react to each other.


Subpar Pool usually costs £8.50.

Subpar Pool

Steam Store PC £8.50
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/10/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Shooting, Sports and Traversal

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Cartoon

Developer: Grapefrukt (@Grapefrukt)

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