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Meadow Lanes  

This is one of the first Bowling arcade video games, coming just after Robot Bowl by Exidy released at the begining of the same year. The only bowling game released as early as 1977 for a home console is the RCA Studio II version.

It seems like Meadows Games copied directly (and obviously) Robot Bowl, but doing the impossible: designing graphics even cruder than those of Robot Bowl.

Apart from that, the gameplay is exactly the same. To play the game (1 or 2 players), you have to move the bowler into position, bowl the ball fast or slow, and then hook the ball left or right.

In opposition to most other early Bowling games released later, you place your bowler where you want. Sadly this tend to make the game much too easy, strikes being fairly easy to achieve. Other games usually move automatically your bowler (or ball) continueously from left to right, challenging the player to throw the ball at the right moment.



 SOFTWARE RELATIONS:

    Meadow Lanes was inspired by Robot Bowl (Arcade)


SCREENSHOTS

title screen
insert coin

menu / options

let's start a one player game

strike

end of game

2 players game

spare

player 2 won


LINKS
 
 detailed info on Killer List of Video Games
 detailed info on The Arcade Flyer Archive


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year of release 1977
companies Meadows Games
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 1 - 2 players (alternate)
staff unknown
tags bowling, sport



 
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