Gutterball 2 (PC)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 9.00

When you first start the game, a small musical interlude plays that is reminiscent of some film or commercial you’ve seen, but that you likely can’t remember. This sets the stage for one of the most impressive games I’ve seen in a long time.

So you pick your alley, how you want to bowl, (solo, v.s. c.p.u. or v.s. another human) and then your ball. That’s when the real fun starts. This game has a system where you can constantly improve your ball, via strikes. For each strike you get, you get a power point that allows you to make the ball you got that strike with better. Then, you’re off to bowl!

Gameplay is amazingly simple yet very effective. Your ball is controlled with the mouse, and that’s all you need to know. Often times, it seems the C.P.U’s ball is a lot faster than yours, even if their ball speed is significantly less. Even though the game doesn’t change much gameplay wise, it still remains a fun game to play throughout.

The music and voice effects are simply astounding. The music goes quite well with each alley, and the voice effects, well, they did a really, really good job with the commentators. My personal favorite is Master.

The graphics are quite good, each ball has it’s own “personality” and style, and the fact that you can paste a custom image onto the ball is just plain cool. The alleys are pretty nifty, and when you get a turkey (three strikes in a row) something cool happens, but you’ll have to do it to find out.

All in all, this is a great game. I definitely enjoyed playing it, and will continue to play it.

You can buy the full version at http://www.skunkstudios.com/gutterball2/ for $24.95.

Overall Rating: 9.00

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