Publisher: GameResort LLC
Doodle Bowling Pro is a simple, but fun bowling game with those doodle graphics that everyone seems to love. It’s a one-player game with only one option and that is to turn the sound effects on or off. On the game’s home screen there isn’t much to do except tap the big “Play” button. You can link Doodle Bowling with your Facebook account and keep track of you and your friend’s scores.
After you tap play, the screen changes to a single bowling lane that seems to be drawn on wrinkled paper, this is the only gameplay screen.
To bowl you will touch the bowling ball and either flick or slide your finger toward the pins. You can control the spin of the ball by swiping left of right on the screen while the ball is rolling. Spinning the ball is difficult if you throw the ball hard, you hardly have time to swipe the screen for spin. If you throw the ball slow and swipe the ball, it will really move. Spinning takes some time to get use to and some major practice.
The graphics are exactly what you would expect for a doodle game, they seem hand drawn and are very colorful. The gameplay screen is fairly simple with a green outlined lane, bright red ball and pins, some yellow stars for filler, and a huge monster-like head that seems to be eating the lane. The gameplay screen also includes a scoreboard at the bottom and the overhead view of the pins.
If you would like to change the theme of the lane, you can. At the home screen you can select a theme and “buy” a new design. Don’t worry, you don’t use real money. Every time you complete a full 10 frame game you earn one credit and with those credits you can buy the designs. The themes are any where from 1 to 4 credits so you can earn them fairly quickly.
The sound effects are very simple and very few. The sounds consist of a ball rolling, pins crashing, and my personal favorite; a page turning sound effect that is used as a transition between frames.
If you buy this game don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles, this is a basic bowling game. With that said, it is fun. It is actually quite challenging as well. Most bowling games seem overly easy allowing beginners to score in the 200s. My average after about 15 games on Doodle Bowling Pro is 138. Like most sports games there is an endless amount of gameplay with Doodle Bowling Pro, which is always nice. However, it lacks many options along with any music. At $1.99, it feels a little overpriced.
Overall Value for it’s $1.99 price point
Overall Value: 2.5 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 2.0 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars