Bowling lovers, it’s time to grab your bowling ball and shoes! Lately, I have really been enjoying the virtual world of strikes, spares, and testing my skills at bowling using arcade bowling games. It’s been a blast, but I felt like I wanted something a bit newer, so I took a deep dive into bowling apps to see what I could find.
I ended up discovering that there are different kinds of bowling games to fit your needs. Do you want to play with friends or do you prefer playing alone? Do you want the ability to customize your game? I selected what I think are the top arcade bowling games in each of these categories and listed them below for your quick and easy reference. Compete solo or with friends, keep score, and practice your skills with these cute retro-inspired bowling games that I’m confident you will love!
- Bowling Games for Multiple Players
Bowling has always been a popular form of entertainment that unites players of all kinds; at least, that’s been the case for me. But, as it turns out, there’s no need to wait for a lane to open up at your local bowling alley, you can bowl with friends from the comfort of your own home. Below I have included four of the best multiplayer bowling games that are definitely worth your time.
Games: Bowling King, PBA Bowling Challenge, 10 Pin Shuffle Bowling, Bowling 3D Extreme Free
With over 60 bowling balls, 27 pins, and immersive lanes, there are plenty of ways for you to show off to friends with Bowling King. It has 5 rankings and over 120 achievements to conquer, so there is always something new to accomplish. Just note that Bowling King can only be played if there’s an internet connection. On the other hand, you can download and play it for free, but it will take up space on your device.
PBA Bowling Challenge is a realistic bowling simulator that has an impressive number of modes, graphics, and statistics so you can see how well you are playing. Set a personal record and bypass friends and rivals with split balls, bomb balls, and 100 different bowling ball designs to choose from. However, the more successful of a player you become, the more expensive it is (with in-game currency) to take part in a match. Stock-pile your points to achieve even bigger victories.
10 Pin Shuffle Bowling combines the beloved sport of bowling with elements of poker and shuffleboard. Sure, I’ll be the first to admit, this sounds a bit weird, but it’s actually incredibly fun! Each player shoots two shuffleboard weights at pins, just like bowling, and you receive cards for how well you do. While there are advertisements, for a small fee, you can upgrade to the pro version and play advert-free.
Bowling 3D Extreme Free lets you choose from 16 custom bowling balls, 3 game modes, and includes realistic physics that will have you perfecting your bowling skills in no time. In terms of gameplay, this is a less challenging game than some of the other choices, but the game makes up for its simplicity with stunning graphics that really immerse you in the alley.
- Customizable Bowling Themes
If you’re tired of searching “bowling near me” and want to take bowling on the go, these next games are for you. Each one of these bowling games has realistic physics and tons of customized themes, so you can get addicted to the gameplay while choosing how you want the setting to appear.
Games: Ball-Hop Bowling, Bowling Paradise 3, Let’s Bowl 2
Ball-Hop Bowling has realistic physics and lots of fun unlockables, so you’ll have a great time playing this classic, arcade-style game! You have the ability to rack up high scores and customize your theme when you compete against your friends; plus, win tons of great prizes. Who doesn’t want that? Just know that if you’re using Android Oreo, you may run into a glitch where the app screen goes black. As long as you make sure the app has access to the contacts in your phone’s settings, this issue shouldn’t affect you.
Bowling Paradise 3 lets you bowl in nine exotic world locations with ten different bowling balls. With various player modes, you can play by yourself or you can compete against friends and family to see who is the better bowler. There’s no online multiplayer, though, so anyone you want to play against will have to be with you. However, if you need your bowling fix and don’t want to head down to the alley, Bowling Paradise 3 is a great choice for the entire family!
If you like earning points to get unlockables, you’ll really enjoy Let’s Bowl 2 and all of its fun themes. For every pin you hit, you earn bowling bucks that you can use to unlock new balls and alleys. Check the leaderboards and compete against the best in the world to earn the top score! Keep in mind that Let’s Bowl 2 doesn’t let you transfer your winnings between mobile devices, so if you get a new phone, you’ll likely lose your progress. One the other hand, the gameplay is so fun, you’ll have a great time playing the game all over again!
If you’re a fan of bowling, you’ll be a fan of these games! Even if you don’t like the experience of going to the bowling alley, these games take all of the stress out of bowling so you can sit back and have a great time! Regardless of whether you want a game for multiple players or one that lets you customize the theme, you will find what you are looking for with one of the apps listed above. I’ll also include the link to the top 10 arcade bowling apps list from AppGrooves that I used so you can access that if you want.
The next time you’re thinking about heading out for some ten-pin or candlepin bowling, you really ought to think about skipping the bowling alley and bowling shoes and, instead, try one of these great games!