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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.

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Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 There's no animated introduction but, if left alone for long enough, the game enters demo mode which sees a variety of characters bowling on different lanes
Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 The in-game statistics. There are five screens of data showing the player's records for all game modes
Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 One of the lanes is set on a castle drawbridge.<br>At the start of a game there's always a fly-by of the location
Strike Force Bowling PlayStation 2 The score sheet for a single player game in the Egyptian setting, the theme extends even to this

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Game Chronicles Xbox Jun 15, 2004 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Jun 09, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Xbox May 07, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 20, 2004 5.4 out of 10 54
Game Freaks 365 GameCube 2004 5.4 out of 10 54
GameSpot Xbox May 28, 2004 5.2 out of 10 52
GameSpot PlayStation 2 May 28, 2004 5.2 out of 10 52
Xbox Nation (XBN) Xbox Aug, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jul, 2004 5 out of 10 50
IGN Xbox Apr 30, 2004 4 out of 10 40

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