Ten Pin Alley
Lets get something straight. In my opinion, Ten pin bowling is about as much fun as catching rabies. It’s one of those quirky little games that appeals to a growing army of fanatics who religiously pack bowling halls that can usually be found near a motorway turnoff and next to an adjoining cinema complex. Enter Ten Pin Alley.
The player can choose from one of six wacky rendered characters whose strengths and weakness vary to suit certain styles of play. For example, Chucky is pretty accurate but not very powerful, whereas Dean is a good all rounder incorporating speed and accuracy. There’s a dose of female interest too in the form of Flo and Jill, so there’s something to suit everybody’s tastes. All are rendered creations which move with all the style and grace of burns victims.
Utilising the now familiar Swing-o-Metre ™swing power system after the initial teething problems is a doddle; as with PGA Tour Golf, it’s all down to timing, with the added inclusion of after-touch to produce spin on the ball. In an attempt to add something fresh to what is essentially a basic game, a few ‘hilarious’ mannerisms have been thrown in to create a bit of comic relief. Use too much power or mis-time the snap and you are treated to a cut-scene which, to be quite honest gets on your tits after seeing it 50 times. Welcome enhancements include an option to change the design, weight and colour of the balls, enter tournaments, practice trick shots and add your own logos to player’s shirts.
If you’re an ardent fan of Ten Pin bowling we can safely summise that EA has a product which encompasses every aspect of the game with all the customary bells and whistles.Watch those pins spread when you get a strike – it’s just like being there! The only questionable aspect of an otherwise competent conversion of the sport lies in the long-term playability and the lack of varity in gameplay. Once you’ve learned how to get a strike that’s pretty much it. You must be a BIG fan of bowling to endure this very mechanical simulation. To be honest, the real thing is far more enjoyable.