[PlayStation 5] Pool Party Double Review

by Ceidz, Owner

Pool Party from Lakeview Games and Mindscape is a new single-player or local multiplayer party game on PS5. Learn more in our Pool Party review!

This is a double review for Pool Party. Ceidz and EdEN played the game on PlayStation 5, and this review presents what they both had to say.

Dive into a wave of fun at the Pool Party resort! Play solo or with up to four players in tons of sports & brawl games and fight to become king of the party. Customize your pool ball – choose your favorite color and design – and go head-to-head with your friends. Have a splashing good time!

These pool balls are not just adorable, but also surprisingly athletic. They reach ridiculous speeds as they roll and bounce around the arena in no-time! Plus, these balls can kick each other around because they’re balls after all! You’ll be amazed by the sheer power of a perfectly aimed kick, propelling a rival ball all over the stage. Grab a cue and join the party!

Pool Party from Lakeview Games and Mindscape is a new single-player or local multiplayer party game on PlayStation 5. The game takes place in the Pool Party resort, where many pool balls come together to partake in a series of sports and brawl games to try and become the best. It’s a physics-based experience in which you’ll roll your way to victory in one of the different game modes as you try to outsmart your friends – or take on pesky bots that fill up the remaining slots.

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The first step when you start to play this game will be to select and customize your pool ball. You can change its pattern by choosing from horizontal or vertical stripes, a large star, a scar, colorful cheeks, or just go with the classic, smooth look. You can also add stripes or sleeves to your pool ball’s arms, as well as add single stripes to its legs. That’s not a lot of variety, but at least each pool ball will have a different color to make it stand out.

There are different games for you to play when taking Pool Party for a spin. Some of them include pool in which you have to kick balls of your color into the open holes while trying to keep yourself from falling. There’s also tennis, in which you must kick a ball across the court to outscore your opponents. You can play sumo as you try to knock the other pool balls from the platform by pushing or dashing into them since kicking is not allowed. Another game is football – the one that is known by that name worldwide – for which you must kick the ball into the opposing goal to score.

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I enjoyed playing the different mini-games locally with friends and family, but I do think this one could have benefited from having support for online multiplayer, given it’s a party game experience. It’s a colorful game with easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, but the soundtrack is not something that is going to stick in your head after your gaming session is over. There’s a good variety of games, but not all of them are going to feel like winners.

As Ceidz mentioned, Pool Party is a party game in which you’ll be taking control of a pool ball as you try to win to become the champion as you participate in a series of events either on your own with bots or by having friends and family join in. Along with the games that have already been mentioned, there’s also an idol, a game in which you’ll have to try to collect and hold onto a small idol as you gain points while avoiding opponents. If you play jinxed, you’ll need to stay away from the opponent that is possessed or dash into opponents to pass the curse if you’re the one that is cursed. The last one is Free-for-all, an option in which you’ll need to try and knock your opponents into the holes so that you can be the last one standing. And if you want to play the different game types one after the other, you can play in a tournament to try and become the ultimate Pool Party champion!

Given its party game nature, the controls for this one are simple and to the point. You’ll control your selected pool ball with the left analog stick as you roll with the X button and kick with the Circle button. You can press and hold down either button to aim your roll and kick, respectively. That is, except for the games in which no kicking is allowed, as is the case for Sumo. You’ll be reminded of the controls when you start to play a different game, not that it’s really needed.

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As for the trophies, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. And since it’s a Cross-Buy release, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each version will have its own trophy list. The list will have 8 Bronze trophies, 7 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies for you to work on. The objectives to complete include surviving jinxed 5 times, scoring 100 points in idol, scoring 25 points in pool, scoring 10 points in tennis, scoring 10 goals in football, and pushing 5 players out of the ring in sumo, to name some examples. Do know that for trophies to pop, you’ll need to play the game’s Tournament Mode.

Pool Party is a new single-player or local multiplayer party game on PlayStation 5. After customizing your pool ball, you’ll be taking on a series of games to try and earn enough points to be crowned as the ultimate Pool Party champion. It’s a fun game to dive into for short bursts of gaming, but it would definitely benefit from having an online multiplayer component since it’s a party game, after all. If you’re a trophy hunter, you should remember that playing in Tournament Mode is the only option for working on adding a new Platinum trophy – or two – to your collection. Pool Party is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $19.99 purchase will allow you to download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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This Pool Party review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Mindscape.


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