This game is a great diversion when you’re waiting in line or sitting at a restaurant. The kicky retro music is sure to cheer you up, as are the six different characters you can choose from with their cartoonish looks.
Game play is very easy. Simply choose your player by touching the screen, choose a bowling ball (the only differences seem to be in color and pattern, not in weight) and you’re ready. To bowl, move your player from left to right to line him or her up with your shot. Then touch the screen next to your player and move your finger upward on the screen in the direction you want the ball to go. Once you’ve let go of the ball, tilting the phone doesn’t do any good to save you from the gutter, so don’t bother. Your score shows up on the bottom of your screen after each frame in the typical bowling alley format.
The game also has a two-player mode where you simply trade off turns instead of trying to bowl simultaneously, which could be disastrous. Alternately, you can play against the computer, choosing an opponent by ability level.
My favorite thing about this game was the biographies of the characters. They range from Jeffrey, who “smells like rental shoes” to Mr. Hiner, “who still lives with his mother.” I also liked the fact that the learning curve was low so it is easy to pick up. In fact, after only playing for about two minutes, I had to increase the difficulty since it was way too easy to get strikes.