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League Bowling

 

 

SCORE: 73

 

League Bowling 

 

I am rounding out my sports trio of SNK NEOGEO STATION with League Bowling. There is a lot to like in this game, and a few things that I could have done without. If you read my previous reviews, you know that League Bowling is an arcade style game in the old school kind of way. That feel is something that I have not felt in a video game in many years. Don't get me wrong, there are some fun games out there like NBA JAM, but they were made with the consoles in mind (editor: the 2010 release of NBA JAM).

Visually this game has not aged well. The graphics are not that great, and there is some suggestive attire worn by some of the females. I really have no clue why a bowling game needs an attractive blonde in a revealing dress. There are special graphics for gutter balls, strikes, and spares. To be honest none of them are very good. I enjoyed the animation of the balls, and the pins.

What is up with the voice in League Bowling? I found myself instantly hating the voice in this game. The music is okay, but like other SNK NEOGEO Station games it really shows its age. I can barely believe audio tracks were that limited. But League Bowling is all the evidence I need. The bowling sounds are good in League Bowling. By that, I am talking about the ball rolling down the lane, and hitting the pins.

There is an online mode in League Bowling that will interest those who want some competition. Two players can enjoy this game locally. To be honest League Bowling seems to be set up for two players to compete at the same time. There is a gauge in League Bowling that goes left to right, and back again. This is where the ball will go in terms of the lane. Then a second gauge appears which is the players power. These are the main controls in League Bowling. I enjoy this way of game play, and learned how to get strikes in my second game.

Females being used as eye candy is a real black eye on the video game industry. League Bowling stays true to the original game, and it is a piece of history. We can see mistakes from the past, and hopefully developers will continue to improve upon the future. League Bowling teaches bowling in the general sense. Remember that League Bowling has a real arcade feel to it. I would like to see this franchise get sequels.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 66%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 77%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 73%
System: Playstation 3
Publisher: SNK PLAYMORE USA CORP
ESRB Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes}

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