Animaniacs Ten Pin Alley
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Before you dismiss this one as just another wacky game--think again. Remember, it uses the same game engine as the original Ten Pin Alley, which in my opinion, has the most accurate bowling physics of any game on the market. Spin control as well as power and release point provide a simple, yet effective interface. In essence, you can develop your own style, be it heavy spin, arc or just straight-down-the-line. That control element alone makes the game really good. On the other hand, the cartoon theme is a bit over-the-top. Everything from the sound effects to the silly Animaniacs lineup screams cartoony goodness. Top it off with several wacky venues and this lighthearted package is complete. If you haven't guessed, the game is heavily geared toward the young folks. If you already own Ten Pin Alley, don't think of this as a sequel. Basically it's been heavily modified to incorporate the Animaniacs characters and cartoony environments and that's about all. While it's out of the ordinary for a game to go "kiddie," it's done rather well here. The play mechanics are solid, the characters are mildly amusing, and it's easy to learn. Why wouldn't kids like it? I'd even take it over Brunswick Bowling (I don't care what Sushi says). Kids should like it quite a bit, but oth-. erwise stick with the original TPA.
There's really no reason to buy this game if you already own Ten Pin Alley—unless you're a big-time Animaniacs freak. But even these characters aren't a big draw; they're crudely modeled and spout lame one-liners. Still, underneath this lies Ten Pin Alley's ultrafun gameplay and party-game appeal. If you don't own the original, well, get it. Otherwise buy this update for your kids or if you can't get enough of the Animaniacs.
I think if you're gonna make bowling into a video game, then it's best to make it as wacky as possible. And that's why I really get a kick out of this game's easy-to-learn interface and light feel. It may be simple to play, but it allows for a lot of finesse, too-not to mention it's a great multiplayer game. Trouble is, I liked the original Ten Pin Alley just as much. I'm not an Animaniacs fan, so I see no reason to buy this update.
As some of you know, I'm a big bowling fan. And, while I really like Brunswick Bowling, I believe Ten Pin has a lot to offer as well. Animaniacs TPA is just like the original Ten Pin Alley only with different characters (obviously). They've also taken liberties with the alleys, making a few of them look like attractions at a fun house. The gameplay is solid which is the most important thing but it's too juvenile for me. Kids will love it.
Download Animaniacs Ten Pin Alley
ASC's popular Ten Pin Alley is getting the rehash treatment, thanks to their new Animaniacs license. You'll get to re-experience TPA's addicting, simple and realistic gameplay, now with a goofy and sarcastic Warner Bros, touch.
The game at heart is basically the same (with the exception to a few minor tweaks to the already excellent ball/pin physics engine). Pick a bowler, position him or her, choose the curve strength, then hit the button at the appropriate times to determine power and accuracy. Only this time, you can play in some pretty outlandish bowling alleys with some even more outlandish characters. Yakko, Wakko, Dot, Hello
Nurse, Mindy and more will compete in several lanes, ranging from the original Ten Pin Alley to the Animaniacs Lane (where Pinky, The Brain and others will attempt to crush your lofty 300-point dreams).
Just about every bowling option/feature you can think of will be included. Lane oil can dry up and affect ball movement. Several ball weights and types are available. Characters can bowl right- or left-handed. Bumper bowling is even an option, if you're feeling particularly wimpy. Up to six people can play this great party game. Just don't expect anything terribly new or exciting if you were a fan of the original.