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The game of ten-pin bowling sees players attempt to knock down an arrangement of 10 pins in a triangular shape, by bowling a ball down a gutter-lined path. You have two shots, and score for how many you knock down on each bowl. As a reward for knocking down all ten pins, you will also get the score from your next bowl doubled if this took 2 shots (known as a 'spare'), or your next two bowls if it took 2 shots (known as a 'Strike').

In this implementation, you can play in one of 8 different settings, including a tropical island, ancient Egypt or on a pirate ship. There are 8 different AI players, each with varied appearance and reaction, and variable bowling ability. A range of playing modes including Tournament Play, Skins and practice are featured. Controls are designed to be easy to use, and ball reactions incorporate physics, ball friction and delivery style.


Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 Skins: The score sheet for a skin match. Both AI opponents were configured on the easy setting and they still won by a long, long way
Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 Practice mode: A novelty Halloween ball has been selected. Here the spin setting is high so the ball's path will curve once it leaves the oiled surface.
Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 The score sheet for a single player game in the Egyptian setting, the theme extends even to this
Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 The Western setting uses whisky bottles as pins<br>With each location the music, the style of text, and the pins vary

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Game Chronicles Xbox Jun 15, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Next Level Gaming Xbox Jun 05, 2004 75 out of 100 75
GameZone Xbox May 07, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Freaks 365 GameCube 2004 5.4 out of 10 54
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 20, 2004 5.4 out of 10 54
GameSpot GameCube Jun 03, 2005 5.2 out of 10 52
GameSpot Xbox May 28, 2004 5.2 out of 10 52
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jul, 2004 5 out of 10 50
GameZone GameCube Jun 10, 2005 4 out of 10 40
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Jun 18, 2004 3.5 out of 10 35


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