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Hopefully you were able to catch my Evercade live stream where I played Bowling. This is an Atari 2600 video game that was ported to the Evercade console. It is a lot easier for us to play and video capture retro games on the Evercade than an original system like the Atari 2600. I had to remind myself that Bowling is a very old video game. What the developers came up with for the sport of bowling with those limitations is actually pretty impressive.

We have a bowler, a ball, and the pins on a 2D plane. The bowler throws the ball and then we can make adjustments to the ball as it is going toward the pins. A score is kept at the top of the screen. The pins are in essence just pixels that go away when the ball gets near them. The standard bowling rules apply to Bowling. We get ten frames, and can have as many as three balls on the final frame.

The problem with Bowling is the controls. It takes some guess work and practice to figure out when to start moving the ball to get a strike. If you leave any pins it can be a real pain to guess when to adjust to hit them. It is even worse if you get a split. I found no way to knock one pin in Bowling into another across the way since the pins vanish when they are hit. These are small issues for such an older video game.

The person in Bowling impresses me graphically. The rest of Bowling looks like an Atari 2600 video game. That means it does not look that great. Younger gamers are a bit shocked at how older video games looked. I enjoyed the music of Bowling while I played it. I actually also enjoyed trying to figure out when to start moving the ball up toward the pins. I got plenty of gutter balls while learning.

Historical gamers will take a real interest in Bowling. I certain did. I do not recall if I played Bowling on the Atari 2600 back in the day or not. I am pleased I was able to play and review Bowling. Families will find no offensive content within Bowling whatsoever. It is neat this game is on a physical cartridge as well.
- Paul


Graphics: 70%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 90%

System: Atari 2600/Evercade
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Atari
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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