Jan 17, 2013
PBA Championship is an expanded 3-D bowling adventure from Concrete Software, the folks who brought us PBA Bowling 2. In this iteration, longevity and skill is the name of the game, and winning is the way to the top.
I loved the graphics in the original, and was still pleasantly surprised by the detail added to the look of the newer title. As in the original we reviewed, I liked the sharp use of colors, and how even reflections in the polished lane were rendered. The look of the bowling lanes next door, for instance, conveyed the same realism that the world championship lanes did, while, somehow, also highlighting the differences in the lanes. Concrete generally does quite well in the graphics department, and PBA Championship is no exception.
Sound-wise, this game also excelled. Don’t pipe the game sounds around someone who is sleeping; they might sleepwalk into bowling stance. The sound of the ball bouncing and hitting the pins is exceptionally realistic, and adds an aura of realness to the game.
Being good mattered. In basic gameplay, I had to play my way to the top. Starting with local contests in the neighborhood Mom and Pop’s lanes, I looked to win money and entry into more prestigious tournaments. To advance, I had to place in the top three and earn prize tickets (which also allowed me to buy stuff in the in-app store). To bowl, I positioned the ball at the top of the lane, and swiped to produce pace. Tilting the device provided spin, and the physics of the game made sense with regards to this amateur’s understanding of true bowling. Hitting the top pin dead on was great, but sometimes, angled contact brought about the best results.
There were some funky power-ups, including bombs and dual balls, adding to the fun.
Scoring followed the classic format, with spares making the occasional dastardly appearance. I would have loved for a training module and some sort of multi-player gameplay to expand on the fun factor.
In PBA Championship, Concrete brings great bowling gaming to the masses. Again. Thank you.