Title Shufflepuck Café (Second Review) Game Type Sport Publisher Brřderbund Software Players 1 Compatibility OCS (AGA with patch) HD Installable Only with patch Submission Klaus Dreyer Review If you know air hockey you should have a pretty good idea of what's going on in Shufflepuck Café. Shufflepuck and air hockey are pretty much the same: There's a rectangular table with borders on the two long sides, two players sitting at each end of the table with a pad, and finally there's a puck. The goal is to beat the puck over the edge of the tables at the opponent's end of the table, which is done using the pad. The one who reaches 15 points first wins. The pad is controlled by mouse, which is a necessity for the game to be as realistic as possible - a joystick simply wouldn't do. Everything is seen from an angle as if you sat by the table yourself. The guests at Shufflepuck Café are strange individuals, they all like to play Shufflepuck and they all have their own style of playing. For example the crocodille Lexan is almost impossible to beat at the beginning of a game, but he easily gets drunk, and after a while his reactions start to fail - and then you win. Eneg is a pig dressed as a General, and one of the tough opponents. He has no real weaknesses; fast reactions and some hard shots. The ghost Neural is one of (if not the) hardest players to beat, (s)he plays exactly like yourself! Everytime you make a hard shot you'll get it all back, a soft shot results in an equal soft shot. And talking about the spiritual world, Bejin the Witch is just an overall player, but with a magic serve. She doesn't even need to touch the puck. It's magic! Biff Raunch is the unbeatable (?) master, plays much like the General, just much better! Also, he's the café's champion, but of course you can try to beat him by starting a little Cup match. If you do, you have to play against all of the players (about 10), each new player better than the previous, ending up playing against Biff. If you have problems winning you can change the size and hardness of your pad (not in the Cup, though), or even set up a block on the middle of the table. It's a fun game, but it tends to get a little boring in the long run, as it is quite simple too. What I really miss about it is the possibility to be able to play against a human opponent. It would be great, but I guess you have to go to a fun house or pub to do this. Anyway, if you want to train your reactions or feel the atmosphere of the pub without being there, then check out this game.