Foobillard, an opensouce Billiard Simulation game for Linux

Had a night out with friends, the plan was to watch a lot of movies but ended up playing this awesome game from 3am until morning. And the amazing part - all of us had hardly ever played any cue games before. I never realized that a non-arcade game like this could keep me awake all night .

My whole experience with the game might look a bit false based upon the fact that I haven't played such games in real-life much, but listen to this, "Foobillard was actually suggested to me by a college friend who is a die hard fan of cue sports and a good player too". So, if a real-life player is recommending it, you have got to give it a shot.

For the introduction part, Foobillard is free and opensource, cross-platform, OpenGL based game and the best part is that it was originally built for Linux and later ported to MacOS and Windows. The games that can be played in Foobillard are - Carambol, Snooker, Pool (8 ball and 9 ball). It can also be played over network, making it a complete multiplayer game.

Probably a little bad thing about the game is that it directly throws you in a game - no menu, no key bindings help, no game options etc. Although, it sucks only the first few times. Once you know stuff, it doesn't look like a bad thing anymore.

If you are planning to try it out, which you should do, I would suggest you to go through the key bindings first. It won't take you much time to figure out the basic controls, but to have a better gaming experience, do learn all the controls.

Install Foobillard

Ubuntu/Debian users, either click this link or run the following command to install foobillard

[shredder12]$ sudo aptitude install foobillard

For Fedora users, run the following command in the terminal

[shredder12]$ yum install foobillard

So, now go on and start playing .

8 Comments

Tom Linuxer (not verified)
July 31st, 2010 09:49 pm
I just installed it in U-10.04 using sudo. It installed perfectly and I've now played several games and I really like the way you move around the table and make shoots so effortlessly. I only wish it was that easy on a regular table. Thanks, to everyone who created thid game, I know I'll enjoy this for years.
fowlay (not verified)
August 1st, 2010 09:50 pm
"Foobillard is free and opensource" ... but where is the Linux source? I looked for it at http://foobillard.sunsite.dk/ and http://freshmeat.net/projects/foobillard but without success. All I could find was the Win32 version at http://sourceforge.net/projects/foobillard/files/ there are Win32 files.
August 2nd, 2010 04:48 am

Yeah, I can't find the page for official linux source either. Although a search on softpedia did the trick. You can find the source for 3.0 version here.

Anon Linuxer (not verified)
August 1st, 2010 09:58 pm
FOoBiLLaRd :D :D been a fan for years now Glad to see it mentioned here and there! Trivia: why is it called 'billard' and not billiard? Thats German for you. HelpIfICan: Press 'Esc' as soon as you start it for all options. And theres a .foobillardrc you-know-where. Cheers, S.
Ant (not verified)
August 2nd, 2010 03:43 am
Is this like Virtual Pool game from the 1990s/90s?
fowlay (not verified)
August 2nd, 2010 02:05 pm
The Softpedia link (http://linux.softpedia.com/get/GAMES-ENTERTAINMENT/Simulation/FooBillard...) leads to a page with a "Download" button. Clicking it leads to another page with a couple of download links. They all seem to be broken though (they point to http://foobillard.sunsite.dk/dnl).
August 2nd, 2010 03:01 pm

Oh! I never checked the download links. Anyway, I did a search on packages.ubuntu and it seems they have the original source package here.

Geoge George (not verified)
August 3rd, 2010 06:08 am
There are a lot of rpms and other packages for this already available. I was able to d'load a src.rpm from ftp.pbone.com and then build it for my desktop system. Once I got it built and installed I was indeed impressed by this game.

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