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Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

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Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.99 T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Sega Sport)
$? ?



Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker is a snooker game developed originally released for IBM PC, Amiga and Atari ST computers in 1991. It was ported to the the Sega Mega Drive three years later exclusively for Europe and Australia.

Gameplay

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker is one of the earliest attempts at rendering a billiards game in 3D, and is very simplistic in design. The camera is positioned behind the cue ball, and will rotate and pan while the balls are moving to give a wider perspective of the table. While the table itself is constructed out of flat-shaded 3D polygons, no backgrounds (or humans) are rendered.

If the player doesn't do anything for a period of time, the balls will come to life and pull faces. Despite the name, Jimmy White does not appear in the game in any form.

History

Versions

On the Mega Drive, Whirlwind Snooker operates at a lower frame rate and resolution than its computer counterparts, but is otherwise largely the same. This means there is no in-game music and a limited array of sound effects (though are still typically of higher quality than the IBM PC version, which relied on the internal one-channel PC speaker).

The game was built to take advantage of computer mice, and while the game is playable with a standard control pad, it is best experienced with the Sega Mouse.

Production credits

(Note: Allister Brimble is credited for the title music. However, he was only the sound programmer.)
Game Design and Programming: Archer Maclean
Title Music: Allister Brimble and Mike Powell
Producer for Virgin: Ian Mathias

Magazine articles

Main article: Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mean Machines Sega (UK) #26: "December 1994" (1994-10-28)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 №28, p36/37
73 №1995/04, p90[2]
92 №26, p100/101[3]
95 №49, p100/101
80 №61, p75
92 №39, p46/47
91 №1, p127
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
JWWS MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
JWWS MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Sport)
JWWS MD AU Box SegaSport.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0aef5b1f
MD5 7643bf8341cd0b447da1f5b9284741f7
SHA-1 040c810ccbe6310d369aa147471213d898ec2ad5
512kB 1994-11 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 84
  2. File:MegaFun DE 1995-04.pdf, page 90
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf, page 100