“ Published by: 505 Games / Genre: Sport / Release date: 2007-09-21 „
I write this review having just scored eight, yes eight strikes in a row on Wii Sports bowling so I like to think I am somewhat of a pro. We have had this bowling game for a number of years now and I was excited when I first got it as bowling is one of my favourite games from the Wii Sports game but unfortunately I didn't think this bowling game was as good as it should be and was just a bit of an extension of the Wii Sports game and nothing too different from what has come before.
The graphics are just the same as the Wii sports bowling where you utilise your Mii character to do all the bowling. Of course I was not looking for anything special here though as with the Wii console as a whole you are not playing for the graphics, you are playing for the authenticity and realistic game play. You can create your own Mii character in this game which is fun as its always nice to play with a character that looks similar to you. You can also make changes to your bowling ball and make it unique to you so that part is fun too. The settings of the bowling alleys are quite good and actually are made to resemble 10 different real life Bruswick bowling alleys but they all look fairly similar to me.
The sound is both realistic and annoying on this game at the same time. I really like the sounds of the bowling alley as it makes you think you are really there. The sound of the ball hitting the pins is quite authentic and the background noise of a bowling alley is there too with people talking, getting strikes, the sounds of pins going down in other lanes etc. However, the background music can get a bit repetitive and annoying though which is not too fun.
To bowl on this game is very easy and although no where near like bowling a proper heavy ball it is still fun to do the bowling movement and you can do this with your Wii remote if you wish. To bowl you hold down the B button which is the button on the underside of the remote, swing your arm back and then release the B button when you get to the front of your swing. Sometimes if you do not swing properly you end up sending the ball backwards and its fun to watch all the other Mii characters jump out of the way. The bowling action is fairly responsive in that if you twist your hand one way or the other the ball will follow that path. I think its fairly easy to get a strike as I have perfected where to start my ball and bowl from but I do think the computer definitely has the edge here. My husband was on target for 11+ strikes once and on the 11th he did exactly the same movement and placement and he only scored a spare so I think it is definitely up to the computer as to how well you do.
You can play this game with up to 4 players, any more and I think it is too crowded anyway so 4 for me is perfect. You can play with 4 people in the multi player mode. If you want to play yourself you can play in career mode where you start out as an amateur in a years worth if tournaments and work your way up to a professional.
All in all, a good game but fairly similar to the original bowling and I was looking for something a bit better and different although I do still play this from time to time.
After playing Wii sports bowling, and loving the intuitive realistic feel, when Brunswick pro bowling came out I was excited. A game fully dedicated to bowling, but to a much deeper level on the same format must be great, right? Well yes and no, the graphics are superb with different lanes and ball graphics and the actual style of the game is enjoyable, either play a quick game with up to four players and play in real-life Brunswick locations, such as San Francisco, Houston, Paris, Tokyo, Honolulu, London, and more. But the game's real appeal lies in its career mode building a player through leagues and defeating stiffer competition, which in turn allows you the gain cash to purchase better equipment (shoes, balls etc.) and improve your skills. The problem is where in Wii sports bowling, the wii remote gives great intuitive control, as you move the controller the in game arm moves with it and slight twists affect spin etc; in Brunswick pro bowling this is not the case, there is a delay, so the control of the game starts out quite tricky. Having said that once you adjust to this delay then the game is fun, but many will find it frustrating and not bother carrying on. I know I almost didn't!
In conclusion the game has its good and bad points and with a lot of patience you learn to control things well and the game becomes fun.
When the Wii was first released, it came bundled with Wii Sports. Many people didn't expect much from this freebie, but it surprised many with the addictiveness it possessed. Some of its game modes such as boxing remain the best examples of their genre on the Wii to this day. Enter Brunswick Pro Bowling. To become more entertaining than Wii Sports bowling, taking into account the fact that Brunswick Pro Bowling is just about bowling alone, was always going to be a challenge. The question is, have Crave managed it?
As soon as you start to play Brunswick Pro Bowling you will realise how bland and boring the graphics are. Obviously a bowling game doesn't need state of the art graphics, but the graphics here, including character animations, are truly awful. If you manage to survive until you get a spare or a strike, you may be expecting a big colourful animation to confirm this. Think again. Instead, the most boring banner imaginable will pop up, and that is it. Considering that is pretty much all there is to experience in a bowling game, Brunswick Pro Bowling isn't off to a good start. However, this isn't the biggest problem the game has to offer.
With Wii sports you can use your Mii, in order to represent yourself in multiplayer games and the like. Brunswick Pro Bowling does feature a character creation mode, but it is very basic to say the least. It is a real struggle to find a satisfying look-a-like. Then there is the very nature of the game itself to consider. You can go bowling in it, and that is it. Even when you are involved in some bowling "action", the gameplay is still painfully slow. It is safe to say then, even if the gameplay was immersive, which it isn't, the game wouldn't hold your attention for a particularly long time anyway.
You might think the game is doing as bad as it possibly can so far, but this is the section were it really gets frustrating. The nunchuk isn't used for this game; it is just the remote, which as simple as it may sound is horrifically complicated. To take your shot, you need to hold B and twist the remote left and right to move left and right before moving your aim with the D-pad. Afterwards, when you come to bowl you have to hold the remote upright, press B to set yourself up and swing back and forth to bowl. Sounding complicated? It's because it's very complicated. Another problem is, even if you pull back and hold still, your bowler will take the shot anyway. However, once you finally manage to take your shot yourself, the ball seems to endlessly swerve and you will need to counter this depending on which hand you are bowling with. Even if you think you are going to hit the pin you want, the ball will sometimes swerve at the last minute making it extremely frustrating to hit that last pin.
There is a multiplayer mode which supports up to 4 players. However, it just means 4 times the frustration, and you and your friends will quickly get bored and want to play something else.
The game does not have a Wi-Fi mode, but in all honesty, it wouldn't make much difference at all as the gameplay is so needlessly complicated and frustrating.
This was originally released at the cost of £30. However, if you have a Wii, you will have Wii Sports making this game utterly pointless. I wouldn't advise buying this at all. However if you did want to for some unknown reason, then it can be picked up for about £15 - £20.
A very poor game in all areas which isn't helped by the fact the very good Wii Sports will be owned by all Wii owners. Completely avoid this.
Overall Score 2/10
I was a bit sceptical about buying this one so I borrowed a friends and as much as I like the game I have bowling on the Wii sports so i am glad that i never purchased this one myself.
The game is supposed to be like beingin a real bowling alley and you do have the realistic sounds in the background but thats about it.
You can play with up to 4 players at any one time.
There is a mode called career mode which allows players to work their way from an amateur to a professional bowler by competing in bowling tournaments.
If you like bowling then this game is for you as it gives you the options of playing a variety of different levels and you can change you characters appearance and accessories. It takes the wii sports game a stage further in more detail, but if you not a fan of bowling and you only play it occassionally this is not the game for you, you are better off spending the money on a game that you really will like playing over and over again.