bowling central

Rolocule, the veteran developers behind games like Motion Tennis and Dance Party, is back with perhaps its most ambitious title ever called Bowling Central. At its core, the game offers a stellar mobile bowling experience, with state-of-the-art physics, stunning 3D graphics and over 30 unique challenges. But things get really interesting when you turn on your Apple TV.

Utilizing Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring technology, Bowling Central can stream gameplay footage from your iOS device to your television set by way of Apple TV. This not only gives you a much better view of the game, but it also frees up your iPhone or iPod touch to be used as a controller for what is best described as a Wii-like gaming experience. Here, check out the demo:

Because iOS devices feature built-in accelerometers, similar to the chips inside Wii remotes, they can translate movements into on-screen actions—just like Wii remotes. Combine this with Apple TV, and it’s not hard to imagine the possibilities. In fact I’ve always wondered why more developers don’t take advantage of this, and my best guess is that the lag in AirPlay just that bad.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a new gaming experience, or just a good old-fashioned bowling game, you should definitely check out Bowling Central. As I said above, the folks at Rolocule have been doing this for a long time now, and have nearly perfected their ‘rolomotion’ physics technology. The team is easily putting out some of the best motion-based iOS games on the market.

You can find Bowling Central in the App Store for $2.99.

  • Buzz { Light:Year; }

    Mom: What was that?
    Me: Nothing just my iPhone smashing the tv.


  • Steve Norris

    Really fun with Apple TV, a LOT like Wii Bowling…

  • James G

    The Apple TV hardware needs an upgrade so that more developers embrace AirPlay Mirroring. It’s not the hardware of the iPhone or iPad, it’s the hardware of the Apple TV.

    At least that’s my guess!

    Great game; though.

    • Steve Norris

      I think a lot of people complaining about Apple TV mirroring are using a non 5ghz network… You need a High end router to effectively push HD in realtime from your device.

      • James G

        With this hardware and configuration, it still lags enough to get me to buy an HDMI Lightning adapter.

        Apple TV 3 (1080p)
        Airport Time Capsule (latest, running 802.11ac)
        iPhone 6 (also using 802.11ac on the 5ghz band)

        Now, the only thing I could change is having the Apple TV connect to the network via Ethernet, but I’ve tried that and there is still lag. It’s the processing power of the Apple TV, not my network.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    RIP to all the iPhones that will get smashed. & TVs too

  • nonchalont

    Just played this game yesterday. It’s a great game. Works smooth and flawless. It’s very much like wii-bowling. I didnt have a concern about my phone slipping out of my hand. Appletv and iphone can definitely go hand-in-hand. I played real racing also with iphone and ATv. Everything plays so smooth.

  • Whatya_know_joe

    You should of mentioned it’s only 1 player IDB. I just wasted 3bucks. Who in the F bowls by thierselves?

  • Robert F

    Not only do when the controller (phone) slips out of your hand does your tv break or it goes into the wall but now you break your phone at the same time — Brilliant!