Strike Knight is a simple new arcade game from Backflip Studios, of Ninjump and Paper Toss fame. It’s essentially a table-top bowling game. There really isn’t very much to the app, and it could use some more features, but it’s a solid time waster and more fun than I thought it would be. It’s definitely worth picking up just to check out.
The developers describe the app as a shuffle puck bowling game. It’s just like bowling in many ways, but you’re sliding a puck towards the pins instead of hurling a ball. The game also involves a timing aspect. Depending on when you launch the puck in accordance with the scrolling lights, your hits will be worth different point values, with an 800-point strike being the highest. Each strike score is paired with a lower spare score, and if you fail to get a spare then whatever pins you did hit will make a paltry addition to your total score.
The graphics are pretty well done, with the Strike Knight himself heckling your failures. Plus there’s lot of well-done ambient conversation and crowd noises as if you’re really in a restaurant or bar. There are quite a few issues with this app, though. The physics seem really wonky, and sometimes your puck will hit pins that are nowhere near it. It can be distracting. There are in-game achievements, but no online leaderboards, which I feel would have fit perfectly. There is at least a pass-and-play multiplayer mode for some competition. This is basically a simple and fun time waster akin to Glow Hockey and similar titles; great to pass time while waiting in line at Six Flags or when you’re stuck in a waiting room, but not very compelling otherwise. You’ll be surprised by how addicting it can be to go for a perfect game in single player, though. Since the app is completely free, you might as well give it a download.