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Game Giveaway of the day — American billiard 3D

American billiard 3D is a unique billiard game simulator that lets you your billiard gaming skills on a PC. Just imagine you do not need to pay for a physical table or for a private teacher each time you just want to learn or practice! Practice on your PC every day and pay for a table only when you want to prove your new skills or play with your friends!
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American billiard 3D was available as a giveaway on February 12, 2008!

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American billiard 3D is a unique billiard game simulator that lets you your billiard gaming skills on a PC. Just imagine you do not need to pay for a physical table or for a private teacher each time you just want to learn or practice! Practice on your PC every day and pay for a table only when you want to prove your new skills or play with your friends!

Features

  • Realistic 3D Pool with additional arcade tables;
  • Rules: 3 Balls, 8 Balls, 9 Balls, 14 plus 1, Snooker;
  • 4 Classic and 6 Arcade Tables;
  • Hints (3 types), Undo - Redo, Next Ball and balls highlights;
  • Multiplayer and Training modes;
  • 4 Different Rooms;
  • AI skill levels: Easy, Medium, Professional.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/XP; Pentium III 1000; 128 Mb RAM; 32 Mb 3D video

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/american-billiard-3d/

File Size:

13.4 MB

Price:

$14.95

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To the developer... at times after sinking a ball that has rattled between bands before going in, the sound of the ball rattling gets caught in a loop and you don't get your cue stick back. Has happened to me 3 times now since I downloaded it here on GGOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  7 years ago
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Nice game that was. I really enjoyed it.
Thanks!!

Reply   |   Comment by Awais  –  7 years ago
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Played very well the first few games, on XP SP2. Now, every time I start a game, after a few shots the screen goes wonky; the table oscillates rapidly between vertical and 45 degrees, creating a propeller effect. I like a challenge, but that's too much! I haven't seen anyone else mention this, so maybe its unique to my setup.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  7 years ago
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Would you consider rerunning this since there were so many initial installation problems? I waited after having some problems and then didn't see the fix until it was too late. Or run it again in a few months?

Reply   |   Comment by Vicki Baker  –  7 years ago
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Nice game, thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by JIM MEYER  –  7 years ago
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its TOTALLY cool. compared to the game perfect pool that ive mastered many times, this is fanominal! LOL way 2 go GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Vanessa Scottford  –  7 years ago
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It seems that a lot of people did what I did...that is download during work or over night etc, then install later. Only to find the "time expired error".

Since this was a GAOTD side error, it would be nice for those that missed out, if it were listed again.

I did get it installed...and I like it. Which is saying a lot for me because I really don't get into PC games...but this one I like.

Reply   |   Comment by Name  –  7 years ago
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I had the same problem where I got the time expired message... i've only seen now it's too late that the mirror download works... I hope we get a repeat so I can actually play this one...

Reply   |   Comment by Matthew  –  7 years ago
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Wow.
Seems I am the odd ball here.
I had no problems figuring out the install.
The games loads and plays just fine with no problems.
It also looks good and has many options that adds to the replay value.
The only downfall I see is that when I get my new computer I will have to purchase the program to put it on that one.
But hey,it is cheaper than buying a pool table...

Reply   |   Comment by Mestemia  –  7 years ago
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It seems to work well on my Vista 32bit home pc so far without any probs.
Nice game.
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by ozplasmic  –  7 years ago
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Thank you GGAOTD & Fly Games. The graphics are pretty cool and the game is as unforgiving as the real thing. I got this game in the afternoon and had none of the above problems that I read. I'm running XP Home Sp2.

Reply   |   Comment by halfdeaded  –  7 years ago
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Dear GGOTD project team, thank you for a quick fix on a seemingly insurmountable problem. Every thing works perfectly now. I really am so grateful for all your hard work!

Reply   |   Comment by leelee  –  7 years ago
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The best pool game/simulation is still Virtual Pool 3 from http://www.celeris.com/

Reply   |   Comment by zwylle  –  7 years ago
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A very poor pool game. The graphics are average. I've seen worse, but I've seen much better too. The controls are horrible. I'm a big fan of mouse control for pool, but the sensitivity is all wrong, and there's no nuances in the controls, making it impossible to judge delicate shots.

Worst of all, the collisions/physics are so bad that you frequently have to quit a game and start again because a ball is resting on a cushion but the game thinks it is colliding constantly and never ends the shot, continually playing a collision sound. This game shouldn't have passed even basic quality assurance.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  7 years ago
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@wishbone et al- ymmv, I got the expired once, then got 'corrupted archive via mirror twice, got another copy of main, and it worked.

bizarre.

Nice on the english, it's easier.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert McMains  –  7 years ago
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You people who think this game is good, need your head examined. The ball physics just sticks like glue to the table. I know you can adjust friction, well whoopty doo, now I got hockey pucks on felt! Although this is game is free with a retail price of 14.95 on any other day LOL! I have played pool games light years older then this game such as SNES Championship Pool, that still to this day is one of the best pool games I have ever played!

As far as you people talking about the question marks, there not affecting the install at all and it was a simple programming mistake. Just rename the target directory and the problem is solved.

Reply   |   Comment by SKULLDEATH  –  7 years ago
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I tried to install from the main download too and got the time expired message. I then tried the mirror download and that one installed ok. Try the mirror copy.

Reply   |   Comment by PCStudent  –  7 years ago
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Tried to install but says that the 24 hour period is over. What's with that? It was only 4pm and it shoud have lasted until midnight.
Oh well seems like many were having problems so I guess it best I leave well enough alone. Next!

Reply   |   Comment by wishbone  –  7 years ago
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I really like the controls when using a laptop with a touch pad and the graphics are very good... I understand the game causes DEP errors if DEP is enabled on all running processes like hapens with other games produced by the same developer... maybe one day they will get with the XP SP2 API and properly declare what memory is for data only and what is for execuatable code when running on the operating systems providing that API.

BTW I am running it under Vista Home Premium alongside Dscaler TV player (minimised) and launchcast radio playing in yahoo instant messenger. Much more entertaining to play than 2D yahoo pool.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 years ago
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Help, GOTD staff! I too am getting the "Unable to set video mode" message, & the game shuts down - but only after I click "1-player-game." Someone said something about disabling "aero" but I have no idea what that is or how to disable it.

I've tried running the "American Billiards.exe" file in Win XP compatability mode, no help. So I uninstalled and re-downloaded the zip file. Tried intalling it again, running the setup program in XP compatability mode, but still got the same message.

What's puzzling is that someone said they are running Vista Home Premium on a laptop, and the game ran fine for them. That is my setup too - Vista Home Premium on a laptop (HP), but it's not working for me. I know, there's probably some parameter he/she has on his/her system which I have set differently.

Looks like a great game! Any help in getting it running would be greatly appreciated. I won't uninstall it just yet, in case I can get some help here. But I guess tomorrow, if no help, then down it goes.

Does anyone else hate Vista as much as I do?

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  7 years ago
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Ooooh, don't you just love it to fight your way through the hassle and tear of installing such a nice game, I do! It's free after all, so why complain? LOL...But i think i'll have a word or two with the programmers in the nearby future... next to virtual pool 3, i like this kind of game during my coffee breaks. :) So, again, give GGAOTD some credit for their efforts by giving it to us for free as well! THX.

Reply   |   Comment by ~!|!~  –  7 years ago
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Like #85 - it says I have 7 hours and 56 minutes left to download, yet says that the time is over when I try to launch it. Any suggestions? I'm running WIn 98SE. First time this has happened. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Mario  –  7 years ago
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lol @ having to create my own shortcut

Reply   |   Comment by Mr Myxstlpk  –  7 years ago
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Works fine on Vista Ultimate 64b. The graphics are good the controls feel weird like someone earlier said

Reply   |   Comment by slayerking  –  7 years ago
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Thank you so much for this game - and a two player, too! The program downloaded/installed in under 4 minutes, with no game play issues on my Windows XP. Yes, it would have been nice if a desktop short-cut was created for you, but since I named the file it was easy to search and created my own. Thanks for all the great comments today AND the 'readme' comment about no shortcut/name your own file. Great to have a different game - controls will take me a bit to learn, but so far this game is a definate keeper! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Kim  –  7 years ago
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Still getting this Error message:

"Memory Access Violation"

Reply   |   Comment by Tenntux  –  7 years ago
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Hmmmm, I downloaded it fine at work (WinXP SP2) and played a few games with no problems. I just downloaded at home (WinXP SP2), played 1 game fine, but second game crashed. It got stuck when the computer (my opponent) shot the ball into a pocket and kept clicking. Couldn't get out of it, so C-A-D to kill it and uninstalled. Bummer...

Reply   |   Comment by FlamingoNut  –  7 years ago
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by the way that browse box click on desktop make new folder .this is vista business and vista premium both worked this way

Reply   |   Comment by aud  –  7 years ago
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had no problem after setup exraction box where it says browse make a place like desktop choose new folder add american billiards and click it downloads to a folder on desktop.good game.

Reply   |   Comment by aud  –  7 years ago
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Now I see #54...

Reply   |   Comment by Name  –  7 years ago
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What is going on?

The clock says 9 1/2 hours left. However, when I try to install I get a message saying that the time is over.

Reply   |   Comment by Name  –  7 years ago
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I LOVE this game! The install was a bit weird as I kept waiting for the activation screen and got nothing. I installed it to Program Files instead of Games and found the Americanbilliard folder immediately. I clicked on the American Billiards icon (a little rocket) and the game worked perfectly. I then added a shortcut to my desktop and even changed the icon to the one included in the download. I'm working on XP SP2 and had absolutely no problems with the game play or with the menus.

Thanks to the developers and to GAOTD for a wonderful game!

Reply   |   Comment by merrysea  –  7 years ago
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Nice game.I installed/unzipped it all in the same folder and leave it there to play,from there.
I wished all games had that simple option.
I love it. Gonna have a lot of fun.
Thanks GGOTD

Reply   |   Comment by @lfr@n  –  7 years ago
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I could not get this game to run in Vista, even with Aero deactivated and with XP Compatibility Mode turned on. No review today.

Reply   |   Comment by Lockett  –  7 years ago
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Hi Folks... lemme just throw something out there regarding the install.

I'm on a Vista Home Premium 32 Bit. AFter reading the problems I decided to just head it off at the pass and I did this.... I don't know if it would have worked normally without what I did... but maybe it will help.

After you download the setup file, click on it and change the properties to compatability with Win 98/ME. Then run the install. This ran perfectly for me. Don't install it to the default folder. Its like the old days... create your own folder there.. IE C\Program Files\American Billiards.

Install, go the directory you made.. click on the app exe icon and send to desktop. Done.

I hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by niteraven  –  7 years ago
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Quite a good game really. Aiming is a little on the tricky side but nothing you can't get used to. Overall if you fancy this you'll probably like it, personally playing pool against a computer bores me (would rather play against another opponent online or in real life) but that is not a fault of the game itself which I'd give an 8/10.

In response to #75, it works fine on this laptops ATI graphics card.

Reply   |   Comment by JDPower  –  7 years ago
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This game looked very promising. Some aspects, like all the comments on this forum about installation problems and error messages related to memory and gfx card have a negative impact on this game. Once all these problems are gone and you can play this game, you will find that this is one of these many pool games which have some good ascpets, but have one major drawback: they don't seem to come close to the simulation a real pool physics. In this game, besides some things you can't do in this game such as rasing the butt, give english really high or low on the ball, you never get the feeling that the balls actually move right. I played many pool games like this and the one I stuck with for a some 5 years now is virtual pool from Paprikari. This game has intuitive controls, good camera work and above all: good ball physics. With this game you could actually improve your real pool game, as my friends found out ;-) This game won't do that. I give it 3 out of 5.

Reply   |   Comment by Marc  –  7 years ago
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Very nice game. The computer easily beat me on medium with two balls of mine left, but I'm sure I'll get more used to the force necessary after some time. The friction seems too high, and there's no music, but those are my only complaints. Thumbs up!

(Oh, by the way the game hanged for a bit over a minute trying to decide whether a ball was to go into the pocket or barely stay up. It eventually decided though, so not gamebreaking in any way.)

Reply   |   Comment by bovi  –  7 years ago
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Press Install button to start extraction.


Use Browse button to select the destination folder from the folders tree. It can be also entered manually.


If the destination folder does not exist, it will be created automatically before extraction.

Left button: Install
Right button: Cancel

Came up with ????? on my laptop but ok on my XP desktop. Not tried on Vista machine yet.

Gizmo.

Reply   |   Comment by Darrin  –  7 years ago
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I read #54 and even downloaded the FIRST time AFTER the download was updated. I love this site and am VERY appreciative of the games I get here, even the dupes because sometimes I lose my original version. At any rate, I cannot play :( I keep getting the memory access violation error. Is there a fix for that? Any valid response regarding that would be appreciated. Thanks GAOTD for the wonderful games I DO get and get to play. I was excited at the prospect of being able to utilize this, as it is different that what we've been getting.

Reply   |   Comment by Julie  –  7 years ago
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Wish I would have held off on buying this in the store before finding it here on this site. This game is also known as American Billiards by Masque Games in Retail stores. Its not Virtual Pool 1 , 2 or 3 for that matter but its a game thats quality enough.

I would like to let everyone know that its not fully compatible on ATI Laptop Graphics Cards. You will most commonly get a memory access violation error.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason C  –  7 years ago
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Guys, some of these games don't "install" They simply extract. When you see the extract to: dialog box, click browse and make another folder. Once you've extracted the files to that directory, just browse to the .exe file, right click and drag to the desktop and "create shortcut here"
I think some of you are having problems because extensions are turned off.
In windows explorer, Tool > Folder Options > View > Uncheck: Hide extensions for known file types.
Game loks nice but also looks like it's a resource pig. Very choppy on my Athlon 3000+ with Nvidia 5200 video card. I'll try it on a faster machine.

Reply   |   Comment by mr-b  –  7 years ago
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Downloaded, installed & activated fine. (I used the Americanbilliard(upd).zip, so no problems with the question marks.)

Another little awkward installation routine (just like yesterdays offer), but it works.

Graphics are nice (nothing mind blowing; it's a billiard game after all).

It's a very decent arcade billiard game (pro's may not like it, but I'm not a pro :) ).
And it's Mouse controlled, just the way I like it. :)

Like billiard games and you're not too fussy about official rules and tables and such?
Then get this one. You won't be disappointed.

Thumbs up, and thank you GGOTD and Fly Games.

Reply   |   Comment by JanW  –  7 years ago
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To all those who jumped in and helped me out -- thanks!!! Not being as experienced as many of you, I actually RIGHT clicked on the ????????? and ended up canceling the install. Then I spent half the night wondering where the spyware went, even though I trust the Giveawayoftheday team ;).

And thumbs up to the GAOTD team for cleaning up the install. The game looks fantastic! I'm running this on an XP and the graphics look terrific. Now that I'm calm, I can't wait to play.

Once again, a big hug to the community for making this all work out. It's what the internets are all about... LOL.

Reply   |   Comment by Bryan  –  7 years ago
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To #18, The install file goes to C:/Games simple!

I did'nt have any problemswith install but a little worrying was AVG popping up a virus alert.
Stil installed fine and sadly the game does'nt understand snooker rules,Nor Billiards.
Other than that, It's a nice game with good graphics.

Reply   |   Comment by Alf  –  7 years ago
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AGAIN: PLEASE READ THE COMMENT #54 BEFORE STARTING TO COMPLAIN

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  7 years ago
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Please someone .... I had no problems with downloading this game or installing it. BUT as I have run into before the graphics are kinda scrambled...perspective off balanced. I have updated my driver and I am running XP Pro. Help this ole lady with this game so my g-son can play. Love the games at GGOTD!!

Reply   |   Comment by Judy  –  7 years ago
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Quite a good game, however, it does not play to the normal rules of Snooker (even though 'normal' is chosen)! The game does not give the other player four points for a miss of the red, it does not give any points for the miss of a colour nor does it give points for a hit of the wrong colour!

Reply   |   Comment by Terry Pardy  –  7 years ago
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Hi Everyone:
I read comment #54, and I've done the download/extract thing after that update was created, and although the instalation process may have been fixed, I still cannot run the game. Everytime I try, I receive a "Memory Access Violation" error code. I've tried deleting and redownloading/reinstalling, but still can't get the game to run. I'm running a laptop with a Centrino Duo processor @1.8G. I also have 2G's of DDR2 Ram, and a video card with 256Meg's of additional ram, and I am running XP Media, W/sp2. Any ideas on how I can overcome this problem? I would appreciate any help I can get! Thanks, Lloyd.

Reply   |   Comment by Lloyd  –  7 years ago
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Downloaded and installed perfectly on my Windows Vista Home Premium laptop and my Windows XP sp2 desktop. I just choose a different install path where I install all my games. The game actually works really well and the graphix are really good also. It took a few seconds to get used to the pool cue control with my laptop, however, after a few tries I was shooting like a pro (of which I am NOT). I haven't beat the computer yet but...

I went to the installation directory after install and created a shortcut to the desktop for the .exe (the rocket looking icon). After that I changed the icon on the desktop to the billiard icon that is included in the install folder. I did this by right clicking on the shortcut that I created on the desktop, selecting properties, clicking "change icon...", browsing to the directory where I installed the game, clicked on the billiard icon, and select ok. VOILA!!! No more rocket icon!!!

If you are looking for the folder in your Start Menu...It's not there as one wasn't created. To uninstall (if you choose, but I don't see why) just delete the install folder and the registry key that was created. Probably a good idea to back up your registry (advanced users) or creat a Restore Point (non-advanced user and everyone else) before doing this just in case you make a mistake. Or you can get a good FREEWARE delete program off the net.

Thanks GGAOTD and Fly Games for a great game (AGAIN)! I'll put this with my "Mini Golf" game.

mev1296

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