Bowl With Me: Take the Lanes Along in Your Pocket


Price: Free
Bowl With Me
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you’ve been a long-time fan of ours, then you’re likely aware of my personal fixation on arcade games. However, there’s no possible way that you could know about my love for bowling. I’ve been playing the game since I was a child, and at this point, it’s got a lot of fond memories in my heart.

Perhaps this is why I love Bowl With Me, by developers Megu and Bitwise Design, so much. It provides a terrific bowling experience using an excellent physics engine, simple controls,  complex rules, and beautiful graphics.

Either way, you’ll find our full review of the application tucked away below!

Concept and Gameplay

If you have ever played a round of bowling in your life, then you know exactly what you’ll find here with Bowl With Me. The game lets you toss virtual balls down the lanes with finesse, aiming for strikes and spares.

The controls mimic the action of real bowling quite closely, and all using a “toss” mechanic. Just flick the ball toward the pins to get things rolling—no pun intended! Afterward, you’ll see the end results, and keep playing frames. Using the spin plate that the ball rests on, you can also adjust the spin for more accuracy. Finally, just scoot your finger left or right to adjust the placement of your ball.

Bowl With Me for iPhone 2This allows for a whole lot of complexity, especially considering you’re allowed balls of varying weights. These weights really do change how the balls roll, and add up to some crazy cool gameplay when you get a hang of it.

Not to mention the fact that the physics engine at work here is spot-on. We’re in love with how the game controls the reality side of the coin, as it fits perfectly with what we’d expect.

Design and Graphics

We mentioned in our intro that the game is beautiful, and we stand by that claim. The graphics are a little on the cheesy side, but it creates a nice feel for the game itself. You’ll get glistening pins, neon signs, bright colors, and a whole lot of purchasable, customized balls.

On the gameplay end, you can compete on multiplayer teams, head-to-head against a friend or random online opponent, or just practice by yourself. That’s a whole lot of options on your plate, and a whole lot of bowling, too.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, Bowl With Me is easily the best bowling simulator we have ever played on the iPhone and iPad. If you’re into good-looking games (especially ones with lanes and pins) this is the option for you.

Plus, the free price-tag means you’ll not have to pay a dime until you’re ready to remove the only moderately invasive advertisements.

And all of that sounds like a great deal to us!

Bowl With MeBowl With Me requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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