The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling
|a game by||Adrenalin Interactive, Inc.|
|Editor Rating:||6.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Weird. That's one way to describe this release (crap would be another) and it gets surreal the moment you put the CD into your PC. Despite the fact that the full install is only 180Mb, Flintslones Bowling takes what feels like a few hours to install, and while the progress bar slowly fills up you're treated to a tune. Not the Flintstones tune though, but something that sounds like a hippy drum-in at the Womad festival.
Once it's installed you're presented with the money shot. Because Flintstones Bedrock Bowling isn't a bowling game at all, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead you have to guide your favourite character down a number of toboggan runs, picking up crystals and knocking over pins. This continues until sleep comes a-knocking. The only controls you have to worry about are the four directions. That's it And on one of the levels you don't even have to worry about that because the path is so narrow you automatically pick everything up anyway. You can switch to the hard level and lose the invisible barriers, but why bother?
Ubi Soft might point out that this release is aimed at kids, but that's no excuse for a shoddy piece of garbage like this. Anyone over the age of six is going to see through this before it's finished installing. Anyone younger is going to be far better off with one of the many game/educational titles that are on the shelves of every high-street shop.
What's worse, the packaging doesn't give any indication that anyone who can crawl is going to be too old for the game. It's plastered all over the new releases section at our local EB shop and from the box it looks just like a 3D platform game. It's not. It's a bad joke.