[PlayStation 5] Casual Challenge Players’ Club Review
Casual Challenge Players’ Club from eastasiasoft and Yume Game Studio is a top-down pool game on PlayStation. Check our Casual Challenge Players’ Club review!
Casual Challenge Players’ Club from eastasiasoft and Yume Game Studio is a top-down pool game on PlayStation. You’ve been invited to join a club of the most prestigious and skilled pool players in the country. It’s a club so exclusive, that you can only get in there with said invite. But even that invite won’t secure your spot in the club, since you’ll still have to prove your worth! Many candidates fail the trials, but maybe, just maybe, you have what it takes to make it to the end, overcoming all odds.
You can play the story mode for this one, take on local Versus, dive into Black Ball, or play in Like a Master. The story mode will intersect some cutscenes here and there between each stage. For Versus, the player who scores the most points will win the match. In Black Ball points don’t matter, since whoever pockets the black ball will win. As for Like a Master, you’ll have to try and complete all matches with only 16 chances in total. Do you have what it takes to make every single shot count?
The controls are very simple, since you won’t be having to change around the camera angle. You’ll aim left and right as needed with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, using the L1 and R1 buttons to slowly aim left and right for when you need some extra precision for your shot. Once you’re ready, press the Square button so that the power bar can start to fill up. You’ll then have to press the Square button again to stop it where you want it to… in theory. There’s a slight delay between pressing the Square button and having the power bar stop, so you’ll have to adjust for it.
Casual Challenge Players’ Club has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to aim for. The list includes a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies, and since this is a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5, you can aim to add two Platinum trophies to your collection, since the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions have separate trophy lists. There are no missable trophies in this one since all you need to do is take on the story mode and beat stages 1 through 12. If you need some extra tips, you can check out this Casual Challenge Players’ Club Trophy Guide.
Casual Challenge Players’ Club is a pool game presented from a top-down perspective that offers a barebones pool experience on PlayStation. There’s only the one top-down view, which is not a deal-breaker, but when you add the delay in stopping the power bar for every shot you take, the physics feeling a bit off, and the fact there’s no way to add some spin to your shot – which is a must for a pool game – it makes it hard to recommend this one. Casual Challenge Players’ Club is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This Casual Challenge Players’ Club review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.