Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Matter of Import 75: Strike Bowling [Taito 1982]


Strike Bowling is a two player trackball bowling game released by Taito in 1982. The controls are simple - roll sideways to position your ball, then a sharp up to throw. You have the option to pre-select a curve for your turn and can add a little spin mid-roll, but for the most part if you aim for the right spot between the 1 and 2 or 1 and 3 pins you can score a strike.

If only real bowling was so consistent.

Otherwise the only difference between Strike Bowling and any other arcade bowling game are the animated cheerleaders dancing off to the side. Does professional bowling have cheerleaders? I think not, Taito. I think not.

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