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So what we're left with is two incredibly simple games that are made more entertaining by elf antics and effects that get old fast. This is not the type of game that you'd ever put hours into, but rather an hour or two per holiday season. There is hardly any creativity, since these are nearly exact ports from the flash originals to my knowledge, and the replay value is also low. I'd recommend just downloading the flash versions if you want to try these games.
Elf Bowling 1 & 2 is enjoyable, yes...on the Internet. And it's free there as well. Dropping $20 on the DS or Game Boy cartridge would be a complete waste on your part, as you find yourself hosed by a game promising holiday cheer and instead visiting the reindeer stalls and giving you the content. If you really want to see elves get what they deserve, buy a box of Keebler's cookies and chow down. You'll feel better.
It's preposterous that a company would package together two free PC games on a DS card and try to sell them for 20 bucks, especially when the two games in question are as ridiculously austere as these. NStorm, the creator of the original Elf Bowling, did eventually manage to churn out a decent bowling game with Elf Bowling 3, and it's completely stupefying that Ignition Entertainment chose to put the first two games on this card instead of the superior third installment. Elf Bowling 1 & 2 isn't a two-game set. It's a cruel holiday joke that preys on the ignorant and uninformed.
Look, these Nintendo DS games even lack the ability to actually quit the action back to the main menu, which shows just how much effort went into these ports. Hint: it wasn't much. It's a single-chuckle joke that's extended into a 20 dollar purchase. And once that laugh is expelled, you're left two of the crappiest games ever developed on the Nintendo DS platform. Merry Christmas.
The Elf Bowling games are so utterly simplistic, tedious and pointless that we are not sure if it should be legal to expect people to pay money for them. The fact that Ignition Entertainment thought that they could make money off such a piece of software is an insult to humanity. Nobody could possibly be stupid enough to pay money for this game. It makes me sad to think that perfectly good silicon was wasted on bringing this unfortunate piece of code to market. Elf Bowling 1 & 2 is, without a doubt, the single worst videogame released since PALGN began operating. Congratulations to Ignition for being the first to receive our lowest possible mark.