In late 2008, Freeverse released the original Flick Bowling, the first of what has since become the Flick Sports franchise. Next week they plan on launching its sequel, Flick Bowling 2, which improves upon the original in every way imaginable. In fact, it's really sort of amazing to go back and look at the original Flick Bowling trailer in comparison to see how much more detailed something as simple as a bowling game has become.

Flick Bowling 2 is controlled using simple touch gestures, and once you get the hang of it, flicking your finger across the screen to bowl works really well. Unlike the original where you applied spin to the ball by swiping across the screen, your entire shot is done in one flicking gesture. To throw the ball straight you flick straight up, to curve it in a particular direction, you simply curve your finger flick. It works surprisingly well.

Another new feature in the sequel is the addition of a story mode. Playing as either Jen or Jim, you'll warp through time (somewhat like Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) to face off in bowling matches against famous figures in history who also have similarly themed bowling alleys while you make your way to the ultimate bowling showdown with the evil Baron Von Schtopwatch. The game itself even admits the plot makes no sense. Aside from story mode, you can also play regular bowling games as well as a quick three frame game.

Here is a video of me doing poorly against Cleopatra:

One of the most interesting things about Flick Bowling 2 is how Freeverse is pricing it. While the original Flick Bowling launched at $4.99, the sequel will come in two flavors: A completely free ad-supported version, and a paid ads-free version. The only differences between the two games is advertising, and the paid version also comes with multiplayer. Both games will also come with DLC packs for customizing your bowling balls, as well as an additional Helen of Troy level.

Freeverse is shooting for launching Flick Bowling 2 on the 23rd, and I really recommend keeping an eye out for it, especially if in-game ads don't bother you. The bowling control mechanic is fun, the new physics engine is a massive improvement over the original, and the time traveling premise of the game, which is beyond ridiculous, is hard to not enjoy.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    That looks great!

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    That looks great!

  • http://www.metzener.com/davemblog/ Dave M.

    This article says:

    To throw the ball straight you flick straight up, to curve it in a particular direction, you simply curve your finger flick. It works surprisingly well.

    Yet, the video shows a completely different situation. All the examples where the reviewer was attempting to throw a hook, the ball moved straight down the lane.

    Is this the game messing up or just the reviewer not knowing how to play the game? If the former, I'm not very impressed with the game. However, Freeverse is usually pretty good with their games, so I suspect it's the later.

    Anyway, the game does look pretty interesting...

  • http://www.metzener.com/davemblog/ Dave M.

    This article says:

    To throw the ball straight you flick straight up, to curve it in a particular direction, you simply curve your finger flick. It works surprisingly well.

    Yet, the video shows a completely different situation. All the examples where the reviewer was attempting to throw a hook, the ball moved straight down the lane.

    Is this the game messing up or just the reviewer not knowing how to play the game? If the former, I'm not very impressed with the game. However, Freeverse is usually pretty good with their games, so I suspect it's the later.

    Anyway, the game does look pretty interesting...

  • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

    Whoever was playing the game (Eli) was curving. But they were making a "C" shape with their swipe. So they first curved the ball right into the gutter. If you want to do a "C" type swipe, you need to line up to the far Right of the lane. So the ball can curve to the left then back to the right.

    You can also turn that off in the Prefs.

    • Gizzmodo

      yeah...ok.

      very interesting, but we don't like the ngmoco stuff.

      you were good before.

  • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

    Whoever was playing the game (Eli) was curving. But they were making a "C" shape with their swipe. So they first curved the ball right into the gutter. If you want to do a "C" type swipe, you need to line up to the far Right of the lane. So the ball can curve to the left then back to the right.

    You can also turn that off in the Prefs.

    • Gizzmodo

      yeah...ok.

      very interesting, but we don't like the ngmoco stuff.

      you were good before.

  • 1337brian

    Glad I waited so long for the FB1 update... Oh wait that never came as promised?... Huh..

    • http://www.nba.com/lakers/ KobeBryant

      There is a free version of the game, which I am pretty sure is better than any update.

      • 1337brian

        Not if you paid for the game...

  • 1337brian

    Glad I waited so long for the FB1 update... Oh wait that never came as promised?... Huh..

    • http://www.nba.com/lakers/ KobeBryant

      There is a free version of the game, which I am pretty sure is better than any update.

      • 1337brian

        Not if you paid for the game...

  • kalel39

    Its not surprising that Cleopatra was beating you in bowling. History shows that she was a beast on the lanes.

    : )

  • kalel39

    Its not surprising that Cleopatra was beating you in bowling. History shows that she was a beast on the lanes.

    : )

  • AlexSmokin72

    CAn anyone recall the last time we even heard about flick baseball

  • AlexSmokin72

    CAn anyone recall the last time we even heard about flick baseball

  • shen

    I can just imagine Napoleon saying "I drink your milkshake. I drink it up."

  • shen

    I can just imagine Napoleon saying "I drink your milkshake. I drink it up."

  • Slayher

    The reviewer is standing in the correct place, he's just doing the flick backwards.

  • Slayher

    The reviewer is standing in the correct place, he's just doing the flick backwards.