It's Christmas Eve, and Santa has come a little early. But apparently we've all been very terrible, for there exists a gift far worse than coal. In fact, coal seems downright awesome compared to this. After all, it's flammable. I am being utterly sincere when I say that I would much rather play Cake Mania 2
than this pile of reindeer droppings.
Pedigree Elf Bowling 1 & 2
shares the same developer and publisher: Ignition Entertainment. A quick scan of their products page
shows a great diversity in games. Notably but understandably missing is this game. It's difficult to comprehend the fact that the same resources which gave us the excellent and underrated Mercury Meltdown Revolution
are also responsible for Elf Bowling 1 & 2
. The company also published Metal Slug 7
in North America.
The Critics Said ... Metacritic
is a great tool to use when I determine the critics' reception of a game for this series. I've referenced the bottom of the list
before. According to the "Index of Nintendo DS Game Reviews by Score" page, the worst-received game for the DS is Deal or No Deal
with a metascore of 17. Yet Elf Bowling
for the DS manages to do that 5 points better -- err, worse -- with a metascore of 12
. Why it doesn't appear on the list is because it only contains four reviews and five are needed to appear on the grand tally. The four critics that did review Elf Bowling
(the poor, poor souls) are all fairly consistent in stating that this game is the suck.