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Robot Bowl  rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3

This is the first Bowling arcade video game and maybe even the first bowling video game ever. The only other bowling games released as early as 1977 are the RCA Studio II version, and Meadows Lanes (arcade, by Meadows Games) an almost exact copy of Robot Bowl. Apparently Meadow Games copied Exidy and not the contrary (though Meadows Lanes is even more crude graphically than Meadows Lanes).

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 rigth.

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.


    Robot Bowl inspired Bowling (Fairchild Channel F)
    Robot Bowl inspired Bowling / Micro Match (APF MP1000 systems)
    Robot Bowl inspired Meadow Lanes (Arcade)


menu / options

menu / options

attract mode

player one starts

move your player left or right

ball is rolling


hmmm, split one...

171 final score, not good enough...

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arcade cabinet

year of release 1977
companies Exidy
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 1 - 2 players (alternate)
staff Howell Ivey, Edward Valeau
tags bowling, sport

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I know it''s black and white, graphics are crude, etc... but it''s the first bowling video game damn it !!! I always find some pleasure testing it. Not bad at all for a first attempt

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