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  • Summary: Real time changing lane conditions for the player to master during the course of a match. Work your way from an amateur to a true professional Brunswick Pro Champion. Authentic Brunswick bowling products to improve your character's performance. Ten different environments to choose from. [Crave]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Poor presentation and a steep learning curve hinder what would have otherwise been a fun bowling sim.
  2. The game is still fun with a group, and bowling is infinitely more entertaining with a Wii remote than with a standard controller; just don't expect the superior control of Wii Sports Bowling. [Sept 2007, p.86]
  3. Brunswick Pro Bowling proffers dry simulation fare that only a big fan of professional bowling could love.
  4. 55
    Sure, getting another few people around the TV is infinitely more enjoyable than the single-player experience, but figuring out the precise hook patterns to overcome the dynamic lane conditions can be overly intimidating.
  5. 45
    Brunswick Pro Bowling could have been an extension of the bowling found in Wii Sports. Unfortunately, by making the game too difficult most players are best left to playing the bowling game that came free with their Wii.
  6. Whatever nuance there is to swing control is lost in the five-hour bowler animation. [Dec 2007, p.54]
  7. Liked bowling in "Wii Sports"? Well, if you want some decent bowling action on Wii you'll just have to stick with it because Brunswick has no style, character or spirit. Dreadful. [Dec 2007, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Dec 14, 2013
    Wow this game is AWESOME!!! I had played ten pin alley and that games controls are broken. Reading the reviews for this game made me think this would be another broken game. But the graphics are nice and the career mode is deep. Starting out, this game was pretty decent for a while. Then I wondered how to spin the ball. After practicing for a bit and not quite getting it, the angles and the curving finally clicked. And then BLAMMO REVELATION!!! This game RULES once you get it. Its perfect. It certainly isnt the simple wii bowling and you wont get it right away. Once you do this is just like really bowling. One guy reviews that he could just move his arm and it takes over without user control. Thats complete bull. In fact if you actually go through the bowlers motion the ball responds much more realistically than if you dont. Its super realistic and amazing. I feel sorry for the designers who have had to read bad reviews from simpletons who didnt figure it out. Get it. Im on the hunt for brunswick cosmic bowling now. Expand
  2. WindyCity
    May 29, 2008
    I am not a gamer. Up till last year, I hadn't played a home video game system since Sega Genesis in 1992. I am a bowler - not a pro - but enough of a fan to own several bowling balls & understand the difference between them as well as lane conditions and other aspects of bowling. I ended up playing Wii Sports bowling at my nephews and fell in love with it. I was very excited to hear about the Brunswick version when it came out. Brunswick Pro Bowling is a fan-freakin-tastic bowling game if you understand bowling beyond "throw it that way really fast" or "twist the heck out of it so it sweeps from one side of the lane to the other & back". You can't just drop the ball in the same place & expect the same results - I enjoy this challenge. What I dislike is the inability to bowl in a multi-player way in Career Mode. There should be a way for multiple players to participate in a tournament or even an occasional league night. It takes a little while to get used to the intricacies of the remote's action, but you can still roll a 200 game or close without understanding it completely. Oh - on a side note, amf pinbusters is by far The WORST bowling game I've played. The action is a joke and the character "asides" are really annoying. Expand
  3. RussL
    Aug 26, 2008
    This game is definitely frustrating if you are not aware of the nuances of real bowling. If you've ever competed at a high level, however, you'll find a lot to like about it. It's very challenging, just like the real thing. The career mode takes a long time to develop your player, which makes some sense. The realism of the changing shot is impressive. One of the more frustrating things though is that because it takes awhile build up attributes your player can miss a target (by a lot) simply because his/her accuracy attribute is not built up. This can happen in the middle of string of strikes or in a tournament match - it appears to be pretty random. There is not a lot of high octane entertainment here. The focus is the technical aspects more. Those that have an intricate knowledge of the game will find more to like. Overall though, it's by far the best bowling simulation I've seen out there. Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2011
    The main problems with the game are that the controls aren't good, but you can eventually get used to them, and that it's nothing we haven't seen before, there are better bowling games on the Wii like the bowling game in Wii Sports, it's not really a bad game but it's just nothing new or exciting, and the bad controls don't help matters either, so it's not a bad game, but it's not great, it's just ok. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Sep 8, 2007
    This game can best be described as a missed opportunity. If they had only implemented the excellent (and approachable) control scheme from Wii Sports Bowling, they would have a great hit on their hands, despite the ugly characters. Instead the Wii control in this game feels very detached and, well... needless. The Wii control is totally out of sync with the bowlers motions, and you don't even know if what you're doing seems to have much of any effect on the bowling. There's no meter for feedback, or anything to help you figure this out either. I was able to bowl a fairly good game just by dropping my arm to my side each time, regardless of what my player was doing. This is a very technical bowling game, which is fine, but you don't even need the Wii controller to play it... in fact, it would control better without it. And that's just a shame, because it could have been so much more than just a controller-based game ported to the Wii with poorly tacked on Wii controls. Expand
  6. NanB.
    Aug 29, 2007
    Quick game is playable, but trying to play career mode gets frustrating fast. No matter how you try to hook or spin the ball, it goes different directions. The idea of oily lanes tries to be more realistic but fails when you can barely keep the ball out of the gutter. Expand
  7. ColbyS.
    Feb 29, 2008
    Very poor game. No ball control. The ball will roll without any movement other than pressing B and dropping arm to start swing. Looking for a refund! Company should be ashamed of putting out such trash. Expand

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