This game apparently has just been re-released as "Elf Bowling 7-1/2 - The Last Insult" which I had to purchase from a retail store. I found it quite creative, graphically and better than the average bowling game out there.
Compared to "Polar Bowler" (sold as a combo pak with "Polar Golfer", in retail stores on the CD-ROM version, which is also a very good game in its own right), I would give "Elf Bowling" the advantage in overall refinements, and enjoyable to play. "Saints and Sinners Bowling" is another good bowling game, but the most "realistic" as a computer simulation, is "Fast Lanes Bowling".
"Elf Bowling" and "Polar Bowler" both are cartoon-like, Christmas themed, games, so appropriate as gifts during the Holiday Season. Children and adults alike will enjoy these games. Picking up a split, just like real bowling, is very difficult, but just as rewarding. There is appropriate fanfare for getting a strike, and "dirty trick" and power up aids as variations to regular bowling. These are in the form of lane obstacles - some helpful and harmless to roll over, and others to be avoided, that add another dimension and make bowling games generally more fun to play.
You can always just "practice" playing by yourself or bowl against the computer with serveral different characters to choose from, each with unique skill levels. Or, you can play against other human players, each alternately taking his or her turn.
For those with Vista PCs, I have had no issues, with any of these games installing except for "Saints and Sinner Bowling", but be sure to get the latest versions, and make sure they say "Vista compatible" on the packaging just to be sure.