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Bowling Western, rolling strikes and spares Cowboy style

Bowling Western

Bowling Western is a relatively new Windows Phone 8 game that puts an old west twist to the sport of bowling. From the cactus in the background to the wooden bowling pins, one can only imagine that your bowling shoes are fitted with spurs.

Bowling Western has nice graphics, decent animations and has single and multiplayer gaming options. The Windows Phone 8 game could use a little fine-tuning but as is, Bowling Western makes a decent first impression.

The main menu for Bowling Western offers up options to jump into game play, view the online leaderboards, and view other games from the developer. You won't find any settings for Bowling Western to mute the sound/music or set the screen sensitivity. It would be nice if you could mute the sound/music but you always have your main Windows Phone volume to keep things quiet.

Bowling Western Menu

Game play supports single play or multiplayer games for up to four players in pass-n-play style. Prior to the game, you will need to enter your player initials and pick out your bowling ball. Bowling Western has fifteen ball styles that range from your traditional black bowling ball to a beach ball styled ball.

The game screen for Bowling Western has your score sheet running across the bottom of the screen and an ad-banner running across the top. You are positioned behind your bowling ball and can align your shot up by tapping/sliding the ball from side to side. To roll your ball, just slide up at the ball. It's not so much about the speed of the swipe but the smoothness. You can swipe at a slight curve to put a little action on your throw or simply rely on more straight approach.

Bowling Western's game play follows suit with your typical game of bowling. Camera angles will shift to show your ball's impact on the pins and a replay of your roll. You can skip all this by tapping the "skip" button at the bottom of the screen. I could not help but think it would have been better to just tap the screen to skip the animations.

Bowling Western

Bowling Western is a decent Windows Phone bowling game but seemed a little lacking and could use a little fine-tuning. I liked the choices of bowling balls but the same bowling alley does get a little old after a few games. I wouldn't mind a similar set-up to Shuffle Party where you earn cash with your scores that can be used to unlock additional lane styles.

The fine-tuning mainly deals with getting rid of the "skip" button to advance through the animations and just tap the screen to do so and adjust the swipe sensitivity. While a slow and steady swipe is the best, I still had issues where the swipe wasn't registered or the ball went way left or right when the swipe was straight.

Overall, Bowling Western has potential but I wouldn't look to score a perfect 300 with the game. Bowling Western is a free, ad-supported game that is available for Windows Phone 8. You can find Bowling Western here in the Windows Phone Store. 

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Md Anwer says:

first of all give us an update for whatsapp.

bitz0071 says:

Nokia ringtone maker gets update

Md Anwer says:

whatsapp sucks on windows. windows sucks!!! 

I love a good suck.

Radeon7000 says:

Criticising an OS based on a messaging client in an era of free texting...

Moodi1520 says:

Oh so if there's an app sucks the whole OS is sucks? Lol what a logic!!

Dare2Blink says:

Blame the wharsapp team not the OS you noob

Blaming the WhatsApp team not the makers of Bowling Western would be a topcial start.

Tjalsma says:

At least you're staying on topic. Errr.

God knows when the what's app team will be kind to wp users and release the update. Do they really care about wp users???

No. They are not. WhatsApp's WP development team needs to be replaced.

NHUK says:

Vacuum cleaners suck

pedrodg28 says:

NO SHIT SHERLOCK!

NHUK says:

A bit harsh, isn't it?

If it's impossible to score a 300 or hell, even a 200, I guess this game isn't any better than AE Bowling? I tried it for a hot minute on my 920 last year after my mom started playing it on her 620. Both of us ended up uninstalling it fairly quickly, though. Sadly, I don't think any bowling game for Windows Phone or any other platform beats Action Bowling on iOS.