Snooker Video Games

Snooker is a cue sport that is particularly popular in the U.K. Like many other sports, there have been many snooker simulation video games released for a variety of consoles. In the 1980s, a star of the sport, Alex Higgins, lent his name to one of these games for the Amstrad CPC; in 2009, you could play as top snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan on your mobile phone.

  1. World Championship Snooker Series

    • Named after the World Snooker Championship, the most prestigious tournament in Snooker, World Championship Snooker was released in 2000. The game was succeeded by “World Championship Snooker 2001,” and then “World Championship Snooker 2002;” future games in the series were named in this vein until 2007, when Sega began to publish the game instead of Codemasters. As of 2011, the four video games released since then were named “World Snooker Championship 2007,” “WSC Real 08: World Snooker Championship,” “WSC Real 09: World Snooker Championship” and WSC Real 11: World Snooker Championship.” This series of video games released titles for platforms including PC, PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360.

    Jimmy White Games

    • Jimmy White is a professional snooker player who appeared in six World Snooker Championship finals in the 1980s and 1990s, winning none. He is nicknamed “The Whirlwind” and came to be known as “The People’s Champion.” In 1991 his name was used for a game released on the Amiga, Atari ST, PC and Sega Mega Genesis; this game was called “Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker.” A sequel to this game was released 10 years later; “Jimmy White's 2: Cueball” was originally brought out for PC in 1999 but over the next three years featured on the PlayStation, PS2 and Dreamcast.

    Early Snooker Video Games

    • Before Jimmy White was labeled “The People’s Champion,” the title was bestowed upon the two time world champion Alex Higgins. “Alex Higgins' World Snooker” was released in 1985 for Amstrad CPC and PC. “Professional Snooker Simulator” was a 1998 video game released for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and MSX. Released for six platforms, including Acorn Electron, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum, “Snooker” hit the market in 1983.

    Downloadable Games

    • In the 2009 game “Ronnie O'Sullivan's Snooker” for the iPhone you play as, and against, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan in some of the greatest matches of his career. PSP Minis are games download onto a PlayStation Portable video game console. “International Snooker” was a PSP mini released in 2009.

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