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League Bowling by BMan2
Game:League BowlingCompany:SNK
Type:SportsPlayers:1-2

Arcade gaming is supposed to deliver the feel and essence of what is portraying into the sweaty hands of the average gamer. And while the stale cigarette smoke and dingy lighting of the arcade might not QUIE match that of the local bowling alley - League Bowling for Neogeo delivers the rest of the game in quite a bright and fast paced package.
League Bowling delivers three different varieties of ten pin bowling to the Neogeo - each with it's own scoring system. Add to this the ability to play against 3 other human players - and I suppose it makes for quite a novel "party" or a competition game.
League Bowling presents itself as eye candy right from the word go. The graphics are bright, the colours flash - and the chick is a PERMANENT fixture on the right hand side of the screen :P Perhaps this space could've been put to better use. However, the other side of the screen is where all the action is - and the graphics are jsut as immaculate here. Your character (and I've only tested the first one) - is well drawn - and cornily down if I do say so myself. He jumps, he bites, he falls off buildings. In all cases - it's worth a bit of a chuckle - which is a good thing - because it IS after all bowling after all - and it does tend to get repetitive. A break from the action is always appreciated.
Similarly sound is quite funky and upbeat - yet never really intrudes in the way of the actual game - which is always my major complaint from good soundtracks. Similarly, the speech and sound effects are crisp and clear - and really add a personality to your little player as you watch his 14 pound ball drain down the side.
And drain you will for a while - for perhaps the only complaint I have with League Bowling is a rather ambiguous control system. It consists of a sliding scale that doesn't decide on where you are aiming - but where your ball will travel relative to your position. This had been added for the looks of it to add difficulty to the game - and it succeeds in doing so - as it is hard to precisely line up that split shot using this method. Control otherwise as straight forward as can be - with you only using one of your four buttons (to throw of course!)
Overall - if you want a game that will deliver the required cheap thrill, and is good for some friendly competition - have a look at League Bowling. It's small and compact - but is bright enough to stand up to the rigours of most average gaming tastes.
Graphics
9
8
Sound
Play Control
6
7
Challenge
Replay Value
7
8
Performance
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