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Action Bowling app review: so real, you’ll forget your at home 2021



After 30 million downloads, an app has definitely reached super status and has a solid following.  The Action Bowling app has both.  This bowling app for iPhone has been called the most realistic bowling game available. 

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Fully optimized for the iPhone and compatible with iPad and iPod touch having iOS 5.1.1 or later installed, this app takes your bowling game to the highest level wherever you are. 

Check out our bowling app review to see how this game stacks up against different bowling games that are popular with users. 

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Bowling Shoes Not Required

Although the Action Bowling App makes you feel you are there at the alley, you can skip the funky bowling shoes and get comfortable.  You start at one of 12 crazy bowling locations. 

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With 36 unique bowling balls to choose from, you’ll start your game in style.  There are three available ways to bowl on your device: use a finger flick, gesture or a Wii-type motion. 

Once you are comfortable, you are ready to follow through and choose from four different bowling styles to choose from: straight, the curve, the hook, and your own custom throw.  After the first roll, you will be completely hooked. 

The 3D, state-of-the-art physics engine stuns with its life-like pin action. Part of this realistic look is due to the game adhering to the Pro Bowlers Regulation specs for pins, alleys, and balls.  Add to that some background music and realistic sounds and all you need is your team shirt and a beer.   

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Action Bowling Spares No Detail

Action Bowling allows for you and up to three others to compete against one another using the Pass and Play feature.  Before you take on your buddies, you might want to spend some time in the Practice Mode, where you can set up scenarios (like the dreaded 7 – 10 split) and work on your skills. 

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There is detailed stat tracking to keep you informed of where you stand against your friends or even your personal goals.  Anyway you split it, this game is addictive. 

If you need to step back and rest your flicking finger, there is a bonus game to tap into: a Bowling Trivia game.  So you think you know bowling?  This Trivia game will reveal all with 165 tough questions, some of which have stumped the Pros.   

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Pros and Cons


  • Excellent graphics and sound
  • Customizable
  • Challenging levels
  • Pass and Play: up to three additional bowlers
  • Practice Mode
  • Trivia game
  • True-to-life sound effects


  • Update bug can cause crash on opening
  • Update bug causes game freeze between practice and play screens
  • Upgrades and in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $2.99

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The Kingpin of Bowling Apps

The Action Bowling app absolutely transports you to the ultimate and most realistic virtual bowling experience possible. With every detail perfected and a list of amazing options, this bowling game app almost eliminates the need to go to a real bowling alley! 

The longer you play, the better you get. The more you get familiarized with all the app has to offer, the harder it gets to put it down. 

You can make it a solo bowling venture where your opponent is you and your stats or add friends to the challenge.  However you play, you will quickly agree that the Action Bowling app is a 300: a perfect game.

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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.