At the top of our list is an oldie but a goodie. Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling was released in 1998 for the PC and PlayStation and eventually for the Nintendo 64. This bowling game has remained a fan favorite for many years after its release.
Players begin by selecting which bowler that they want to use. Each bowler has a funny little clip telling you why to select them. Then, players can choose which game mode they want to play. The game is pretty comparable to real bowling with the floor being oiled and forcing players to adjust their roll.
Ten Pin Alley is a strong second choice for this list. It was the first of its kind to really put the effort into designing a bowling game. The game was released in 1996 and available to be played on PlayStations or PCs.
One of the most impressive things about Ten Pin Alley is the game designers actually worked with physics algorithms to stimulate the unique ways pins can fall. Another fun element is the spectators' reaction in the game. All in all, the game is a lot of fun to play individually or with other players.
PBA Pro Bowling is the newest game to make it on this list. The video game came out in late 2019 for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam users.
The game is great for bowling fans as it allows players to virtually bowl against 15 PBA Pros. The graphics are top of the line and allow players to immerse themselves in the multiple venues available. Gamers can play in a career mode where they compete in over a hundred tournaments. Users can even see how they rank against other bowling gamers on an online leaderboard.
One of the most popularized bowling games is the Wii Sports version. The game was distributed with the Wii itself in 2006 which made it extremely accessible to anyone who had a Wii in their home.
Not only did the accessibility of the game make it popular, but also the simplicity of the games. All players have to do to bowl is hold the B button and swing the Wii remote as if they're bowling. The rules are the same as real life bowling and players can compete against up to three of their friends. If a player gets good enough, they can even reach pro status.
Elf Bowling is a fun festive game that was released for the PC in 1998 by NStorm. It was a free download that users could play on. Eventually, it was released for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, but the PC version was still the most successful.
In the game, users play as Santa Claus who uses ornaments as the bowling ball and elves as the pins. Users also have to avoid distractions like reindeer. There was a second version released that took place on a cruise ship. In this version, Santa plays shuffleboard with his brother. Naturally, he uses elves as the pucks.