iBowl Deluxe [rating: 5/5]
iBowl Deluxe by SGN is a realistic virtual bowling game you can play any time, any where. Practice your skills like you would when playing the real thing. If you have ever played the free version of iBowl then this is the revamped updated version with tons of new features and a redesign.
To play you simply do what you would at a bowling alley, you use your iPhone and swing your arm. Of course this time you have no ball to let go of so just make sure you keep a grip of your iPhone! Once you are ready to play you hold your thumb on the screen and then to throw the ball you then let go of your thumb on the screen and the ball then throws itself down the alley.
It takes a little time getting used to because you have to make sure you are gripping your iPhone otherwise it is just going to go flying out of your hand. Luckily I have a rubber case that is easy to grip so I had a firm hold. If you don’t have any casing I imagine it could easily slip out of your hand if you are not careful.
You get rewarded for strikes and spares and you earn what are called pippins. You use these pippins to customise your character. You can kit him or her out with all different outfits and colors and even change the color of the bowling ball. There is also several great alleys to unlock like a cowboy one or retro and my favorite a dazzling disco one. To add to the enjoyment of the bowling you can play your own music to blast out of your iPhone and really dance the game away.
The graphics are very good. The alley itself is 3D and lots of details are put in. Even down to other lanes being used next to you, you can actually see them bowling and the pins getting knocked down. Great attention to detail! When you do knock the pins down it honestly sounds like you are in a real bowling alley. The developers have got the sound effects perfect!
Another great added feature within the game is the chance to play with your friends via bluetooth, wifi or over your data connection. For this type of game I thnk it is a great idea to have this option. The game also connects to facebook and twitter so you can find your friends that way and challenge them. This then enables you to get your name on the leader board and win achievements and trophies.
There is also the option to buy in-app packages. These are basically new themes for your character. There is Polar, Egyptian and Volcano and each offer new outfits, balls and an alley. It is not essential that you buy these though, there are still lots of options to enable you to customise your gameplay, it is just giving you the option to change if you want to.
iBowl Deluxe for iPhone is an excellent game. You will be amazed by the graphics and sound effects. Yes there are many bowling games available in the app store but this one offers so much in features and customising your chararcter. It is a fun game and I enjoy playing it with my family and the children love it!
- Realistic graphics
- Multiplayer options
Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated: May 19, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
1.1 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
Size: 12.4 MB
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later.