Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker

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Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported: Sega Mouse
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
£29.99 T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-70206-50
Sega Mega Drive
$99.95More...[2] ?
Sega Mega Drive
(Sega Sport)
$? ?

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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.


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.


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

  • Game Design and Programming: Archer Maclean
  • Title Music: Allister Brimble, Mike Powell
  • Producer for Virgin: Ian Mathias

Note: Allister Brimble is credited for the title music. However, he was only the sound programmer.

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material


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 More...[3]
92 More...[4]
95 More...[5]
80 №61, p75
92 №39, p46/47
91 More...[6]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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JWWS MD EU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Sport)
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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)