subpar pool



grapefrukt games
Malmö, Sweden
Release date:
October 12th 2023
Nintendo Switch
App Store
Google Play
Steam / Nintendo Switch
USD $9.99
EUR €9.99
iOS & Android
USD $4.99
EUR €5.99


A whimsical adventure of playful pocket antics at the intersection of golf and pool.

Delve into each procedurally generated level, consisting of a series of tables filled with balls you must pocket within a set number of shots. Escape into the fantastically vibrant world, while strategizing the best plan to pocket your balls. Watch your plan inevitably combust as you must adapt your next move to skillfully take home the win.

Progress in the game and create your course choosing cards from a deck to tailor the challenges to your desired game experience and playstyle. Want to feel stressed to the max? Take part in the Fast Run, which limits the time you have to aim. Want a level with portals? Or how about one with conveyor belts? Subpar Pool has you covered. Or want to see what happens when you play Subpar Pool with glass balls as they roll and collide? There are thousands of ways to combine the dynamic cards to create a unique playthrough experience, every time.

Immerse yourself in the charming, lively world of Subpar Pool while you find out if you can master the unpredictability of ever-changing balls colliding in this satisfying and mesmerizing mashup experience.

The Making of Subpar Pool

Subpar pool didn’t start out as a pool or a golf game. Initially, it was a game inspired by the wonderful Japanese movie genre of “big monster attacks city”, or Kaiju for short. The player was to fling themselves along city streets and wreak general havoc.

However, as development went on the game changed shape, walls could no longer be destroyed and the more I approached traditional ball games, the better it became. Once I figured out the card-switching mechanic the combinatorics of that really opened up what the game could do.

Developing this game also made me realize how similar golf and pool can be. When it comes down to it, both are about getting a ball in a hole in as few moves as possible! I also found the opportunity to include a few of my own philosophies around playing both golf and pool. The holes are big, the balls are small, and most importantly: you always shoot at maximum power!


  • Four different worlds, each with its own unique set of constraints and challenges
  • Procedurally generated tables and 18 different cards with more than 14,000 ways to combine for an always fresh gameplay experience
  • A compact game experience designed for bite-sized play sessions (or longer if you prefer!)
  • A stunning, vibrant french-inspired art style that transports you into the enchanting world
  • Plays comfortably with one hand
  • A soothing, mini-golf funk soundtrack to get you in the spirited mood
  • Created by grapefrukt games, the dev behind beloved and acclaimed games holedown, twofold inc & rymdkapsel


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Switch & Steam

iOS & Android

About grapefrukt games

grapefrukt games consists of exactly one guy, Martin. He got into game making in a big way around the time of the experimental gameplay project and still uses that same methodology; Making a bunch of small games to see if a concept works and then build upon the ones that do.

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Team & Repeating Collaborators

Martin Jonasson
Design, Visuals, Programming, Everything
Niklas Ström
Sound & Music, freelance
Sonny Ross
Art Direction, freelance
Dana Trebella
PR, freelance