Curling is the less well-known sports than ice hockey, skate and ski, but it's very exciting, so why don't you play this? You can play curling with your friends and family.
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Category: Arcade & Action
Updated: September 05, 2010
Publisher: Coconut Labs
Version 1.2.4 [1.677722 MB]
On the Button by Saperle
I'll admit, I'm one of those people who gets completely, stupidly obsessed with curling during the winter Olympics every four years, an interest which typically wanes in the interim years. But not this year. With this app in my pocket, my obsession shows no sign of abating, though I've not been able to take up this fascinating sport in real life as of yet. I've watched it grow from a solid, simple game to something more elaborate and realistic in the last few months with joy. I feel like I now understand the game a lot better now that I've been able to mess around on this app for a while. The game lets you play with another meat n' bones person or against the computer. You can then select how many 'stones' each 'end' will have (between 1 and 8, 8 being typical for the game in real life) and then how many 'ends' (rounds) you will play (between 1 and 10, 8 or 10 being typical in real life). Then you can select who you want to start and, by extension, finish each end. Although the experience of this game is in 2d, the developers cleverly got around the fact that the length of the curling rink would be too long to show on your phone all at once with enough detail that you would be able to aim your stones accurately. To start you place a flag in the 'house' (target) indicating where you would like your stone to end up. It doesn't mean you will end up throwing it in that direction, but once you place the flag it will draw a line from the point where you throw the stone to the flag, so you know where it should go. Next you select the 'spin' you want to put on the stone, which will help it curl so you are not just throwing in straight lines. Finally, you need to select the direction and the speed at which you will throw the stone. Both these motions take some time to get used to, as they require very subtle movements with your finger on the stone itself, and keeping your eye on a 'power' icon on the side in the case of speed. When you release the stone you can 'sweep' (rub your finger in an indicated area in front of the moving stone) to affect the speed of the stone. You can also 'sweep' to encourage another team's stone to leave the 'house' if your or their stone knocks it out. The goal of the game is to get your stone closest to the 'button' (the center of the 'house' or the target), with additional points if you do and you also have other stones in the house. The AI in this game is very good at what it does and the difficulty level has increased as the game has become more elaborate. The graphics are also great--very smooth unless I'm running way too many apps at the same time, and though I don't usually bother to have the pleasant elevator music going in the background, I often leave the other sounds on as they are quite pleasant, particularly the sound of granite on ice. In short, though it's not the most popular game out there, I could not recommend this app enough if you are looking for a diverting yet not mindless game to play on your phone.