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App Creation #40 – Game Inspiration – Midnight Pool


When sat in your local tavern, your eyes often wander over to a pool table – tempting you with its green cloth, shiny balls and blue chalk. Venturing over, you are often disappointed by the rows of money indicating people reserving the next game or the glistening sticky cues with other individuals’ residual sweat in residence. Lovely!

Give me a Break

Avoid these pesky problems and instead whip out Midnight Pool. You do lose the advantage of claiming the table’s slight lean is the cause of any poorly missed shots, yet the game more than makes up for it.


Rather than waiting in line for your turn, it is far more pleasing to tackle the computer opponents in this virtual world. They are a lot less stroppy when you are victorious for one thing.

Cue the Action

Pool is far less taxing than snooker, allowing for a far more fluid gameplay. Tapping either side of the screen aligns your cue with little lines hinting at the direction the pool balls will head in.


Sliding your finger down the cue pulls it backwards and thrusting forwards guides the amount of power required to become truly potty.

You can also dabble with a few trick shots if you really wish to impress.

iTunes Store Link: Midnight Pool

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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