This bowling simulator has its share of pluses, but certain issues keep it from besting some similar games we've seen. When we launched Powerhook Bowling, we were pleased to find its graphics were both polished and detailed, though they don't look quite as good when you play in full-screen mode. The program offers several sound-effects options besides the standard pins falling and includes a few types of music. Unfortunately, some of the sound effects exhibit a noticeable amount of white noise. Learning to bowl is simple, but perfecting your aim is challenging, as it takes a while to learn how to properly adjust the power and hook sliders. We applaud Powerhook Bowling for its strong feature set. For example, you can choose from several alleys and ball styles, change the camera angles, and apply a couple of neat effects to the ball. In more negative news, the game exhibited some stability problems in our tests, repeatedly popping up unexplained error messages, especially after our game was over. We also should note that the trial version limits you to four frames per match, which seems a bit unreasonable. Powerhook Bowling might make a good practice tool, but the aforementioned minuses keep it from reaching its full potential.
What's new in version 2.0
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedDecember 24, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Bowl and hook the ball into the pins like the pros do. Practice your bowling skills and experience realistic pin action powered by a physics engine. Choose from eight balls and five lanes. Until you master the hook, you can put the bumpers up. Games are limited to four frames until Powerhook Bowling has been registered.