Posted on: July 11, 2008 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Myself and the fiancé always go out on Mondays to bowl, and it is perhaps that most fun that I have during the week. Bowling has been a part of my life in video game form for quite a few years now, considering that I had a bowling mini-game for my Nokia phone all the way back in 2005. However, AMF Bowling Pinbusters! is so many steps ahead of that Nokia mini game (and actually, is better than really bowling), that anyone that has a DS should attempt to dig out a copy of the game. The game itself brings the challenge part of bowling successfully to the DS, meaning that individuals can face each other through the pass and play, Wi-Fi, and wireless connections that may be present. Furthermore, the specialization that is present is high, allowing for players to pick any one of 12 different characters and 13 different places, which are rendered in a cartoony yet realistic type of manner.

I found myself continually coming back to AMF Bowling Pinbusters! to top my score, trying to get as close to the elusive 300. Luckily for players, hitting a 300 score is at least as difficult as it is in real life, and seeing how low my first few tries were score-wise, may actually be a task more intimidating than making that feat in purpose. Individuals that can actually score that legendary number will be pleased to note that there are a number of different types of bowling present on this game, meaning that there is a world cup option that makes individuals bring their “A” game, a practice mode to unsure that players have the nitty gritty of their physics and throws down, and another mode called “duckpins”, which is apparently a different type of bowling that uses smaller pins and is even more difficult than the normal modes.

AMF Bowling Pinbusters! is the perfect game for any fan of bowling, young or old, and will also be good for anyone that likes to develop a skin that could conceivably be transferred to real life. This is due to the fact that individuals will gain an appreciation for the amount of force and spin is necessary to ensure a consistent strike, while understanding the necessity of different characters to choose different methods to get these strikes. AMF Bowling Pinbusters! is a fun game through and through that will undoubtedly have an audience that is larger than the number of bowling fans will indicate.

Rating: 7.9/10

AMF Bowling Pinbusters (DS) / 2008 Vir 2L / /

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