Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker (DOS)

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Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1991
Developer: Virgin Games, Inc.

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker is everything that a snooker fan could have asked for in 1991. All the rules are there, you're given complete control over hitting the cue ball (or as much as can be expected on a computer), and the difficulty of setting up the perfect shot is nicely emulated. It would be years before anyone would make a better snooker game than the one Archer Maclean created. Aside from just being able to play the game, you're also given the option of setting up difficult trick shots and saving them which is a nice feature. The game also has a sense of humor; if you take too long to setup a shot, a ball will sprout a face and hands and mock you.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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A table full of snooker balls.


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Music

The title music is a catchy ragtime piano tune similar to the theme of the UK television show, Pot Black to help put you in the snooker mood. Each game ends with an excerpt of Charles-Marie Widor's Toccata In F, from his Symphony For Organ No. 5. The current recording is from the Roland MT-32.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Snooker Michael PowellUnknown 0:49
Download
02 Toccata Charles-Marie WidorUnknown 0:27
Download

Credits

(Source)

The DOS version fails to credit a composer for the title screen music. However, the Mega Drive version credits Michael Powell for the title music which is the same song. It also credits Allister Brimble, but he was only involved with the sound programming.

Game Rip

Format

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(Info)


The type-0 MIDI files are located in the root installation folder. This recording was made on a Roland MT-32. The game uses SysEx data, but it has yet to be captured.

Viewing the Music.exe file with a hex editor shows that another file, PoolIBM.mid is also mentioned, but not included. However, in a later game, Archer Maclean's Pool (DOS), the file exists. Perhaps the music was meant to be included, but wasn't finished in time for production.

Audio Devices

Music

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Sound

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(Source)

Releases

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Title: Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
Platform: DOS
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Virgin Games, Ltd.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
Platform: DOS
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Ltd.
  UK.svg   UK
Jimmy Whites Whirlwind Snooker - DOS - UK.jpg
Title: Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
Platform: DOS
Released: 1991-??-??
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Ltd.

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