Unlimited play in the Midnight Pool demo

When I got my phone (a Nokia 6275i) from Bell, I was disappointed to see that it only included one game: Midnight Pool. Worse, the game was a demo version that only allowed you to play for sixty seconds before automatically quitting, offering to let you buy the game for an unknown sum. Downloading things from the internet onto a Bell phone is shockingly expensive: four cents a kilobyte. As such, downloading a half-megabyte application would cost $20.00 in transfer fees, plus whatever they charge for the game.

Thankfully, I accidentally discovered a method that lets you play Midnight Pool for as long as you want. I don’t know if its a bug or something hidden by the programmers, but it is certainly helpful on long bus rides.

How to circumvent the one minute time limit in the Midnight Pool demo:

  1. Start the program
  2. Select ‘Language’ from the main menu
  3. Switch to ‘Francais’
  4. Select ‘Lancer le demo’ from the main menu
  5. Perform a normal break
  6. While the computer is taking a shot (when their cue is on screen, but before they hit a ball), enter the game menu
  7. Select ‘Options’
  8. Toggle son/musique to ‘Non’
  9. Close the game menu

Once this has been done, you are free to take as long as you wish to complete the game. This works with version 1.1.2 of the game, at least on my phone.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

3 thoughts on “Unlimited play in the Midnight Pool demo”

  1. There is no need to switch to French. All you need to do is:

    1) Break normally

    2) Pause the game while your opponen’t cue is visible

    3) Turn off music from the in-game menu

  2. Switching the language isn’t necessary.

    The approach above works just as well if you keep everything in English.

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