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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Ready for a fresh twist on a classic sport? Then you're ready for Rocket Bowl. Featuring a 50s style retro-futuristic vibe, out-of-this-world courses, and rocket-powered bowling balls, Rocket Bowl lets you compete in tournaments, challenge your friends in multiplayer, test your skill in mini-games, and more. Rocket-powered bowling balls: Rocket Bowl takes the sport to a whole 'nother level with rocket-powered balls that can boost, jump, and turn to help you knock down the pins and earn extra points with wild shots. Ten crazy bowling courses: In addition to a regular bowling alley, play on nine additional crazy courses filled with ramps, tunnels, loops, hills, curves, and more to create a unique bowling experience. Fun and varied single-player mode: Take on a variety of courses in Free Play mode, or challenge the pros in Tournament and Challenge modes, where you can wager and win money to upgrade equipment. Compete with up to four friends over Xbox LIVE or locally on one system. Xbox LIVE play features Player (unranked) and Ranked matches. Challenging mini-games: Earn extra cash in skill-testing mini-games like MiniStriker and Alternate Shot. Upgrade your equipment: Using cash earned by winning matches and mini-games, players can upgrade from more than 15 unique bowling balls including Strawbally, 8-Ball, the Jupiter 5000, and the Kalamazoo Special. More powerful bowling balls feature enhanced boost and curve abilities. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Soundtrack worthy of a Danny Ocean and Tarantino showdown. [Feb 2008, p.80]
  2. 80
    Rocketbowl is not a title to just brush off. It has a lot of features to it that are fun and exciting. Getting your friends online to have an online tournament and show off your skills you honed from the single player.
  3. It’s far from perfect, but the simplicity of bowling is mixed up with fresh ideas, crazily constructed courses and a quick clip at which to play.
  4. Rocket Bowl takes two relatively boring video game genres and creates an entirely new boring genre from them.
  5. You can sort of see how the concept for Rocket Bowl must have seemed like a good idea, and for a few minutes it's certainly interesting to play around and enjoy the admittedly good physics.
  6. 50
    It’s a nice idea and it’s fun for a few rounds, but it’s boring as heck after that.
  7. Does Microsft not realise how insulting it is to release past free flash games as pay-to-download XBLA content? [Issue#37, p.116]

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