There’s not many sports where physical fitness isn’t needed and ten pin bowling is one of them. Now thanks to Concrete Software, you don’t even need to step up to the lanes and pick up a ball.
Similarly there’s not many Android games that are compatible with the new Google Play Games Achievements, but PBA Bowling Challenge is one of them.
Sure, the Play Store has plenty of bowling games but they’ve all got at least one annoying problem. Whether it be frustrating controls, too ‘arcadey’, or just forcing you into buying IAP, this game is different in more ways than one.
Concrete Software partnered with the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) to create PBA Bowling Challenge, so in this game you’ll find 21 real Pros to compete against as you work your way through the tournaments and up the bowling ladder, earning trophies along the way.
If you find that too much of a challenge you can also use multiplayer to compete against your Google+/Facebook friends or a random online opponent.
PBA Bowling Challenge has plenty of tournaments to unlock and also plenty of different bowling balls you can roll down the lanes. Each ball has different stats so as you level up, you unlock better balls to give you a better score.
There’s even 3 bowling balls with special abilities. Take the ‘split ball’ for instance. If you’ve ever been in the situation with only 2 pins on opposite sides of the lane, like the infamous 7-10 split, the split ball is ready to split in half to produce two balls to make it easier for us amateur weekend bowlers. The special bowling balls to take time to recharge though so you won’t be using them every frame.
This is another one of those games that uses ‘energy’ that refills over time however Concrete Software aren’t forcing you to wait long. The energy bar refills fairly quickly compared to most other games, you can go from a full energy bar, spend a quarter of it on a game and 5 minutes later you’re back to full energy again. Quite impressive in today’s ‘freemium’ gaming world. It also has an option for notifications so you’ll be told when your energy bar refills and you can get back in the action.
Other in-app currency includes ‘tickets’ used to buy new bowling balls and winnable from placing in the top 3 in tournaments, and also golden bowling pins which are used to buy the top end balls and can be bought with real money if you feel the need to.
The other good news about PBA Bowling Challenge is that it’s free to install and it doesn’t force you to spend real cash on anything. The game is totally beatable without spending. And…. there’s no ads, that’s right, no ads!
The 3D-like graphics are really nice and the sounds are like you’re at a real alley, except for the loud kids in the next lane screaming and putting you off your game. The only thing wrong I found with the sound is that there’s no music toggle but… the music only plays while in the menus, not while you’re bowling so that’s not really a problem.
Some of the other neat features include challenges for the opportunity to earn extra tickets. For example, ‘end the game with a strike‘, ‘win the game by X points‘ and the more difficult ‘achieve a turkey (3 strikes in a row)‘
As mentioned earlier there’s Google Play Games achievements in PBA Bowling Challenge and with 107 of them to collect, you’ll be bowling for a while to get them all.
This game has everything a bowler needs and more and definitely does not disappoint. If it sounds like your kind of fun, check out the gameplay in the video below, hit up the Play Store link and let us know what you think of PBA Bowling Challenge in the comments section.
written by: Anoma