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Top bowling games for iPhone / iPad: 10 of the best

There are so many different types of sporting games available for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad these days. Whether you enjoy golf, tennis, football, baseball or even bowling, the Apple App Store has something for everyone. We’ve already provided a list of the top 5 tennis games for iPhone, so today we thought we’d take a look at the most popular bowling apps.

The guys over at have group tested a number of top bowling games for the iPhone and iPad, and provided a list of what they believe is 10 of the best. If you want a game that actually manages to recreate the authentic feel of ten-pin bowling, then the I-play 3D Bowling Lite game is probably the perfect application to download.

I-play 3D Bowling Lite comes with a wide variety of features including multiplayer, the ability to customize your bowler and achievements that you can unlock by performing specific tasks. The game also utilizes the Apple iPhone’s accelerator technology. Once your bowler is in position, you simply swing your whole arm to throw the ball towards the pins.

Once you have got your swing perfected, you can even try adding curvature to your rolls by gently tilting your iPhone to the side. If on the other hand you want an unconventional bowling game. Then it might be worth giving Arcade Bowling a go. The aim of this app is to throw balls down the alley, and score points by getting them to land in different zones.

Meanwhile, the 10 Pin Shuffle application is essentially 3 games in 1, which all have origins in the classic Shuffleboard game. The aim of the Shuffleboard game is to use controlled ‘shoves’ to move the object across the board into high scoring zones. Not only does 10 Pin Shuffle come with classic Shuffleboard, it also comes with 10-pin poker and bowling.

Flick Bowling is another good bowling game for iOS devices. However, you actually slide the ball down the lane rather than flick it. Those of you that want a simple bowling game might like the Fantasy Bowling 3D Lite app. Simply click on the ball to aim it left or right, and flick your finger up to throw it. One of the best bowling games however has to be PBA Bowling Spare Challenge.

This game presents players with a series of tricky spares, which they have to attempt to knock down using three different ball weights and a tilt and flick control method. Another interesting bowling game on the list is Downhill Bowling, which delivers a novel twist on conventional bowling, Players have to tilt their phone to guide a ball down a hill.

It’s not as simple as it sounds however, as players must knock down pins and collect tokens along the way. It also adds a little extra into the game with ramps and power-ups. Doodle Bowling is another app that made it onto the list, although it’s definitely not one of the better ones.

The final two games on the list are Midnight Bowling, which features a number of modes that players can progress through in order to unlock bonuses, and Monkey Bowl — Family Bowling Fun in the Jungle, which features jungle-themed aisles and banana pins.

Have you tried any of these bowling games on your iOS device?

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Written by Tina Chubb

Tina’s passion is gaming news, but you will find her exploring other tech stories. Follow Tina for the latest happenings in the gaming world with popular gaming devices, including PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and portable gaming on iOS, PSP, DS and more.

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