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WindowsAll Game Guide (1998)
The bottom line is that Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling is highly addictive and with the introduction of multi-player options, it contains a wealth of realism and excitement.
PlayStationIGN (Oct 02, 1998)
My only real complaint is the lack of a practice session before a tournament. You're going into an unfamiliar alley, and it's common to be able to take a few rolls to get a feel for the lanes. Other than that, this is a prime bowling simulator - it appeals to me since I know the sport well, but for those who could care less about bowling, there ain't nothin' here that'll make you like the game any better.
WindowsPC Gamer (Jan, 1999)
The nag list is mercifully short: the camera angles are surprisingly limited for a 3D environment, and the flat, bitmapped crowd lining either side of the competition lanes looks totally out of place. But considering that you’ll be watching the meters and not the fringe animation, you’ll hardly notice these inconsequential complaints. Instead, you’ll be yearning to raise your average just a little bit, or trying to nail those three strikes you need in the tenth to break 200. For leaguers or casual bowlers, Brunswick is as engaging a sports sim as they come.
Nintendo 64Nintendojo (1998)
That overall feeling comes back to me when I play this game because it’s a simulation. Those of you that know me know that I advocate simulation titles. If you don’t like bowling, you should try a few games at the local alley. You’d be surprised how the game grows on you. Either way, you have to try this video game. It’s a winner. You call me crazy. I call it a must buy.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Apr, 1999)
Despite all these strikes, CIRCUIT PRO BOWLING rolls its share of gutter balls. The most glaring is the lack of female bowlers, and to a lesser extent, juvenile bowlers. In one of the few mixed-gender pro sports, such an omission is staggering. Other complaints include lackluster use of 3D accelerated graphics, spotty texturing, and lack of a recorded play feature, a Ia LINKS. That said, BRUNSWICK CIRCUIT PRO BOWLING is still the best bowling simulation yet for the PC. Adrenalin and Brunswick are reportedly already at work on a sequel. Next time, let’s hope they include the ladies.
Nintendo 6464 Power / big.N / N Games (Feb, 2000)
Grafisch und soundtechnisch wird Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling den technischen Möglichkeiten des N 64 durchaus gerecht. Aufgrund der fehlenden echten Alternativen ist Brunswick Bowling für Freunde der Pins erste Wahl.
PlayStationVideo Games (Feb, 1999)
Obwohl ich alles andere als ein Bowling-Fan bin, muß ich gestehen, daß mich Brunswick Bowling länger an den Bildschirm gefesselt hat, als ich es je erwartet hätte. Die Kegel fallen physikalisch absolut korrekt, und vermitteln nie das Gefühl, als hätte der Zufall seine Finger im Spiel gehabt. Gerade im Mehrspielermodus macht dieses Game einen Heidenspaß. Doch leider trüben einige kleine Schönheitsfehler den ansonsten guten Eindruck. So ist es z.B. nicht möglich, beim Spiel gegen den Computer dessen Wurf zu überspringen. D.h.bei fünf vom Computer gesteuerten Gegnern verbringt man eine wahre Ewigkeit mit Zuschauen. Wer auf Bowling steht, findet hier eine gelungene Alternative, alle anderen sollten das Spiel vielleicht zunächst mal probespielen. Für einige unterhaltsame Abende reicht es auf jeden Fall.
WindowsGameSpot (Nov 02, 1998)
All in all, Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling is a pretty good game. It isn't the type of game you'll play every day, unless you're some kind of bowling nut. Even if you aren't a bowling fan, and couldn't care less about this game, you really should see the video clips at least once. They're incredibly funny.
PlayStationGamezilla (Oct 31, 1998)
This game is fun for a bit, but I really could not sit down and play for extended periods of time. They did a great job of making it easy enough that a beginner could pick it up and start playing, yet complex enough that if you really want to get good, it takes some practice. I think that there were way too many impossible splits that happened to me, but I guess that just added some challenge to the game. I suggest renting this game for a weekend unless you are a die-hard bowling fan.
PlayStationGameSpot (Oct 08, 1998)
All in all, Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling is a pretty good game. It isn't the type of game you'll play every day, unless you're some kind of bowling nut. Those of you still clinging to Ten Pin Alley can move up to the big leagues with this one. Even if you aren't a bowling fan, and couldn't care less about this game, you really should see the video clips at least once. They're incredibly funny.
Nintendo 64Nintendo Power Magazine (Mar, 2000)
This is a great game for bowling fans, particularly if you want to experience the thrill of getting high scores. It's a lot easier to break 200 here than in a real alley. Brunswick is a good party game, as well, and you don't even need four Controllers. People who already love bowling will find plenty to love in this game. But if you don't love bowling, nothing in it will change your mind.
WindowsIGN (Oct 13, 1998)
Overall, Circuit Pro Bowling is a mildly entertaining game. About the only part of the bowling experience that it lacks is the funny lookin' shoes and it does offer a nice diversion from the slew of ultra-violence so prevalent in video games today.
WindowsGame Over Online (Aug 11, 1998)
Overall, this game is the best bowling game available. But with that being said, there is a reason that bowling game are rare in the gaming world. That reason being that it gets extremely boring after a few minutes of play, especially after being decimated by your opponents.
PlayStationNowGamer (Nov 01, 1998)
The physics of ball hitting pins is excellent and recreates the random scattering of pins perfectly, but who really cares when the action is so tedious? If you’re feeling particularly daring why not try the ‘Create your own bowler’mode, where anything from silver and blackrimmed spectacles to clean-shaven or bearded weirdos can be created. If you feel the unnatural urge to plug away for longer than a couple of hours, Skins, Tournament and Career modes will no doubt fulfil every bowling fantasy, but even the sad FMV fireside chats from the leading pros and the glow-in-the-dark bowling can’t raise Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling above the bland affair that it represents.
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Dec 02, 1998)
There is nothing wrong with this game. As a sports simulation it captures everything that bowling has to offer, and multiplayer games strongly resemble actual broadcasts. But, much like watching sports on television, the player has only minimal interaction besides munching on corn chips and channel surfing during commercial breaks. I’d really recommend this game only if you’re a hardcore bowling fan.
PlayStationElectric Playground (Jun 24, 1998)
For those of you who watch bowling on TV and who know the names of the pros, this game is probably just what you have been waiting for. It is a complex and rich simulation. Those who aren't bowling addicts probably won't get hooked.
WindowsComputer Games Magazine (Nov 23, 1998)
Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling is the newest bowling game out there, and unlike its competition, it takes its bowling very seriously. It features hardware-accelerated 3D, a career play mode, multimedia bios of some professional bowlers and excellent ball and pin physics.
PlayStationMega Fun (Jan, 1999)
Alles in allem bietet das Game von THG nicht nur eine bessern Grafik, mehr Spielmodi und Optionen, sondern das Werfen der Kugel ist schneller erlernt und einfacher zu bedienen.
Nintendo 64Daily Radar (1999)
Bowling has always been a traditional "getting to know you" date fallback, but playing this particular bowling game is about as exciting as a date with a RealDoll. Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling strives to capture the spirit and style of world championship bowling and ends up throwing a gutter ball with uninspired gameplay, poor control, crummy options and blah graphics. This game captures all the flavor and excitement of watching professional bowling while listening to golf and knitting a pair of socks.