However, you also need to understand how the game works, which is why in this blog post we’re going to show you everything you need to know about Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool.
If you’re ready to start your journey to becoming the best in the game, an 8 Ball Pool VIP, then we can get started. Let’s go!
Playing matches and entering tournaments
To get started on your Pool career, you need to start playing Pool! There are two different types of game you can play: 1-on-1 matches, where you can play against another player, and tournaments, where you play in a knockout competition against 7 other players.
To play a 1-on-1 match, you just need to click the “Play” button. This takes you to a screen where you can choose what venue you want to play in: one of the six locations or the practice mode. You’ll find you need to unlock some of the locations and you’ll need Pool Coins to enter, but we’ll explain those in more detail later.
If you’re after more of a challenge than a 1-on-1 match, then you can enter a tournament. From the main screen, click on the “Tournaments” button. Here you’ll see the same locations, but you’ll be playing against more players.
As with the 1-on-1 matches, you’ll need to unlock the different locations and you’ll need Pool Coins to enter, but we’ll explain Pool Coins and levels shortly.
As we’ve mentioned, 8 Ball Pool has its own currency, called Pool Coins. You’ll need Pool Coins to enter 1-on-1 matches and tournaments, and you can also use them to purchase new cues and tables for your game from the Pool Shop.
You can earn Pool Coins in a variety of ways:
- Playing Pool every day! You’ll earn a Daily Bonus for playing Pool.
- 30 minute timer: you can earn 25 free Pool Coins every 30 minutes by just clicking the button on the main screen. There’s no limit to how many times you can claim these coins.
- Winning 1-on-1 matches and tournaments. The highest ranked tournament, Las Vegas, has a prize pot of 60,000 Pool Coins! Play higher level 1-on-1 matches and tournaments for the chance to win bigger prize pots. Winning tournaments also awards you a bonus cue.
- Purchasing Pool Coins: to get more Pool Coins, purchase them from the Pool Shop. Prices for bundles of Coins start at $1.99.
- Converting Miniclip Credits: you can convert Miniclip Credits you’ve bought, earned or won in other Miniclip games to Pool Coins in the Pool Shop. Just click on the “Coins” tab and enter how many Coins you’d like to convert.
- Earn Pool Coins: you can earn free Pool Coins here.
The table below shows you how many Pool Coins are needed to enter each 1-on-1 match and tournament, at each location, as well as how many Pool Coins you can win.
|Location||Entry Fee (Pool Coins)||Prize (Pool Coins)|
|Las Vegas: 1-on-1||10,000||20,000|
|Las Vegas: tournament||10,000||60,000|
If you have Miniclip Credits and want to exchange these for Pool Coins, you can transfer these by going to the Pool Shop and clicking on the Coins tab. Miniclip Credits are still needed to purchase Powers and some cues from the Pool Shop; look out for the M icon instead of the P icon.
Experience points, levels and ranks
In 8 Ball Pool we use three ways to rank players: experience points, levels and ranks. Here’s some detail on how those are calculated:
- Experience points (XP): you earn XP for every match you play both 1-on-1 and in Tournaments. You earn XP whether you win or lose, but winning earns you more XP than losing.
- Level: your level is determined by the number of XP you have and is the number shown in the star in the top left of the screen. Levels go from 1 to 150, with 150 being the highest possible.
- Rank: your level determines your rank; you’ll need the following levels to achieve the following ranks:
|Trainee||1 – 2|
|Beginner||3 – 5|
|Student||6 – 9|
|Amateur||10 – 14|
|Skilled||15 – 20|
|Semi-Pro||21 – 27|
|Professional||28 – 35|
|Virtuoso||36 – 44|
|Expert||45 – 54|
|Veteran||55 – 65|
|Master||66 – 77|
|GrandMaster||78 – 90|
|VIP||91 – 100|
|Play to find out||100+|
As you level up, you’ll unlock new tournaments and 1-on-1 matches which will only be available to higher-ranked players. In these tournaments the stakes are higher: a higher entry fee, larger prize pot and better competition.
You can view all your Pool stats: your XP, level and rank, as well as some other statistics about your playing, including the number of games you’ve played and won by clicking on your profile image in the top left corner if you’re on one of the menu screens.
If you’re in a game, you can click on either your or your opponent’s profile images to bring up your or their stats whilst playing to find out about your opponent!
Using the Pool Shop
As you work your way through the levels in 8 Ball Pool and earn Pool Coins from playing 1-on-1 matches and tournaments, you might want to customise your game by purchasing new cues and tables.
You can do this by entering the Pool Shop, which is accessible from the main menu.
In the Pool Shop we’ve got over 45 available for you to purchase and use, with new ones added frequently. These range from the simple Classic Cue to the extravagant Millionaire Cue.
Purchasing and using a new cue in a game not only gives you a visual edge over your opponent, but also gives you access to an extra unique phrase to use in the in-game chat! Just click on the “…” speech bubble icon on your profile picture whilst playing to drop-down the list of phrases you can use to communicate with your opponent.
As well as new cues in the Pool Shop, you can also purchase designs for your table, with frames, cloths and patterns available.
Challenging your friends
Playing Pool on a real-life table is a social experience, and it’s the same social experience playing Pool on Miniclip.
If you’re playing on Miniclip.com, you can click the “Play Friends” button to search for players who are online using their usernames, and then challenge them to a game.
If you’re playing Pool on Facebook, you can challenge your Facebook friends using the buttons along the bottom of the main menu. The game will automatically find all your friends who play Pool on Facebook, and to challenge any of them, just scroll along until you find them and click “Challenge”.
If you want to play with any friends on Facebook who don’t play Pool already, just click “Add” and you can search through all your friends and challenge them to a game.
Refine your game: power-ups and spin
Now you’re well on your way to becoming the best at 8 Ball Pool, it’s time to refine your game by using power-ups and spin.
To enhance your game, there are three power-ups available:
- Extended guideline: extends the guidelines of your next shot.
- Increase maximum spin: increases the maximum spin you can put on a shot.
- Increase maximum power: increases the amount of power you can put on a shot.
You can use power-ups for one shot, and you can purchase them one-at-a-time or in bulk from the Pool Shop using Miniclip Credits.
As well as power-ups, you can also put spin on your shots. Unlike power-ups, you can use these on as many shots as you like and you don’t need to purchase spin to use it.
You can put spin on your shots either by using the arrow keys whilst you’re playing, or by clicking on the ball in the bottom right corner of the game to add spin. Experiment with putting spin in different places to see how it affects your shots!
At the end of February 2013 Miniclip released the much-anticipated version of 8 Ball Pool on iOS and Android, allowing players to take 8 Ball Pool on the move.
This means you can connect with the same account you use on either Miniclip.com or Facebook and once you’re logged in you’ll have all of the Pool Coins you’ve earned and all of the cues you’ve purchased instantly available.
You can download 8 Ball Pool on mobile by going to PoolByMiniclip.com on your iOS or Android device, or by using the links below:
Take on the world
That’s all you need to know about 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip. Make sure you like the 8 Ball Pool Facebook Page so that you’re kept up-to-date with news and updates to Pool. You can also follow Miniclip on our social networks.