- Estimated trophy difficulty: 2/10 (Personal Estimate) (Trophy Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 14 (11, 2, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 100%: 10-15 hours (Personal Estimate) (Estimated Time to 100%)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 4 career mode playthroughs + several extra matches
- Number of missable trophies: 0
- Glitched trophies: Some trophies have been reported as glitched, but it’s hard to tell due to the obscurity of the game and small sample size
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No selectable difficulty
- Do trophies stack?: Yes, the PS4 and PS4 versions have their own lists.
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheat codes known
- Additional peripherals required?: No
This game is a shocking attempt at a pool & snooker simulator. I am still not sure as to what the actual name of the game is - it says “3D Pool: Billiards and Snooker” on the title screen but appears as “3D Billiards” on the PS Store and on the trophy list. It also retails in physical form as “3D Billiards: Billiards & Snooker” and in some instances is also known as “3D Billiard”.
The one thing required of a game like this is good physics so that the balls move as you’d expect. This game has some of the worst physics I’ve ever seen. There are too many problems in general with this game to list, but in brief:
- Sometimes the cushions are like bowling alley gutters (the balls stick to them when touched) and sometimes it’s as if they are coated in Flubber and the ball pings everywhere.
- Adding any spin other than topspin or backspin means the cue ball goes wherever it wants.
- You are the only one who will ever break - the AI never breaks. Also, the AI is absolutely abysmal.
- The game calls fouls whenever it feels like it. For the most part, anything that would be a foul in real life is a foul in the game, but perfectly legitimate shots are called as a foul about 5-10% of the time. Also, there are really no repercussions from fouling, other than when the game says you fouled when you potted the black, in which case, you lose the match.
- The geometry of the pockets in snooker particularly is atrocious. If the balls are on the rail, there is zero chance of potting them.
- The rules of snooker are completely messed up. The game lets you put the white wherever you want on the table after a foul, the colours aren’t respotted when potted via a foul when only the colours remain, and there is no way to concede or for the AI to concede even when way ahead in a frame. Points aren’t awarded correctly in the event of a foul either.
In short, this game is simply awful; do not play it unless you really crave some shoddy pool action.
The trophies are easy but there is a grind involved for potting 1,000 balls. Some of them are reportedly glitched, however I could not reproduce these glitches when testing, so it is assumed that the few reports of glitched trophies are due to user error.
Step 1: Play through all 4 single player career modes.
The first thing to do is defeat all of the opponents in the game in every game mode. There are 4 modes (8-ball, 9-ball, 10-ball and snooker) and 10 opponents in each - you unlock the next opponent by beating the previous one. Set the number of rounds to 1 to make this step as short as possible. The game alleges that the opponents get harder the further you progress, however the reality is that the AI is poor and easily beatable unless the game is being super cheap and glitchy and robbing you of a win by calling a foul when there was none. You should also ensure that you switch to the next avatar after each completed match - assuming you played through the whole 8-ball career first and won every game, the trophy for beating all 8-ball opponents will unlock at the same time as the trophy for completing a match with each avatar.
After this step you will have:
Master of All Classes
There are also a few miscellaneous trophies here that are virtually guaranteed to unlock within the first few matches of the game:
Two In One
Step 2: Easy multiplayer trophies.
The next step is to enter the multiplayer mode and win a match in every room. You’ll only need one controller for this and the multiplayer is local only, so it really is a breeze.
This will net you 2 more trophies:
Victory is Human
Throughout the House
Step 3: Grind to 1,000 balls potted.
The last trophy will likely not come naturally unless you have lost a considerable amount of matches. You need to pot 1,000 balls over the course of playing the game. The quickest way of doing so is to play 8-ball matches until you have sunk 1,000 balls. When this is done you’ll have:
...and therefore, 100%. If you manage to get this far, I salute you.