Jimmy White’s ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker (1991)

by Christopher
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Jimmy White’s ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker (1991): The Groundbreaking Snooker Simulator

Jimmy White’s ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker is a computer game by veteran programmer Archer MacLean, released by Virgin Games in 1991 for the Commodore Amiga. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest snooker simulations ever created, and is still enjoyed by many today.


‘Whirlwind’ Snooker is a highly realistic snooker simulator that allows players to experience the game in stunning 3D. The game features a variety of different game modes, including single-player, multiplayer, and tournament modes. Players can also choose to play as one of several different professional snooker players, including Jimmy White himself.

The game’s physics engine is very realistic, and accurately simulates the movement of the balls. This makes for a challenging and rewarding experience, as players must carefully plan their shots in order to pot the balls and win the game.


For its time, ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker’s graphics were groundbreaking. The game’s 3D graphics were some of the best available on the Amiga, and the game’s table and balls were rendered in great detail. The game also featured a variety of different camera angles, which allowed players to view the action from a variety of perspectives.


The game’s sound effects are also very realistic, and help to create a immersive experience. The sound of the balls being potted is particularly satisfying, and the game’s music is also very catchy.


‘Whirlwind’ Snooker was a critical and commercial success upon its release. The game was praised for its realism, graphics, and sound. It was also praised for its easy-to-use interface, which made it accessible to players of all skill levels.

The game was also a commercial success, selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. It was one of the best-selling Amiga games of all time, and helped to establish Virgin Games as a major player in the video game industry.


‘Whirlwind’ Snooker is still considered to be one of the greatest snooker simulations ever created. The game’s realism, graphics, and sound are still impressive today, and the game is still enjoyed by many.

The game has also had a significant impact on the snooker genre. Many subsequent snooker simulations have been inspired by ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker, and the game’s influence can still be seen in modern snooker games.


Jimmy White’s ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker is a classic snooker simulation that offers realistic gameplay, stunning graphics, and immersive sound. The game is still enjoyed by many today, and is considered to be one of the greatest snooker simulations ever created.

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