Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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While iOS gaming experiences can't quite replace the magic of playing a game amongst a group of friends, it doesn't stop them from trying through the magic of asynchronous multiplayer. That's what Bowl With Me provides - a bowling game that can be played amongst friends, with each player taking it in turns to beat the other's score. It's a fun ride, although it'll certainly be made all the better with a steady supply of friends to compete with.
Bowl With Me is almost entirely about the multiplayer side of things, with a practice mode being the only single player part of the game. That practice mode is best off being used a couple of times to get the hang of the game before throwing oneself into the rest of it. Available in head to head or team based modes, the action is mostly the same but it's kind of fun.
The bottom half of the screen is devoted to manipulating the ball. While one can simply flick the ball down the lane with a finger, it's also possible to adjust spin through the arrows located alongside the ball. There's a certain knack to getting the shot just right but Bowl With Me remains fairly intuitive about such aims. Players can opt to buy different balls of different weights, as well as color, through the use of coins gained from regular play. These make a subtle difference but also more importantly add a reason to earn coins.
Bowl With Me stumbles across some familiar issues for games that use asynchronous multiplayer - namely being left with nothing to do because other players aren't participating. That's where a more comprehensive single player mode would have been useful, but gather together some keen friends and it's not so bad. A selection of career stats add to the package giving one a sense of progression, but it's a fairly limited sensation.
A little basic around the edges, Bowl With Me is still pleasant enough fun with the right group of friends. It's a little baffling as to why there aren't more fun or useful things to unlock, which would have added to the game's longevity. However, as an easy to learn game to play amongst friends Bowl With Me is still worth taking a look at.