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10th Frame

DOS - 1987

Also available on: Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - MSX - ZX Spectrum

Alt name 10th Frame: Pro Bowling Simulator
Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Sports
Theme Bowling
Publisher Access Software, Inc.
Developer Access Software, Inc.
Perspectives Behind view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.33 / 5 - 51 votes

Description of 10th Frame

Probably the best bowling game of the 1980s, 10th Frame Bowling is a fun bowling game for up to 8 players. Two gameplay modes are available: Open Bowling (a single match) or League Bowling (the complete league). League Bowling is where you compete in teams, with 4 members each.

Although the game looks quite primitive in CGA color, the graphics are crisp and the animations believably smooth. The interface is intuitive: similar to the common "golf meter" in golf games, you use the left and right arrow keys to choose the direction for the ball, and press the spacebar at the right moment to throw it. Simple, but flawlessly executed.

If you enjoy bowling games, 10th Frame Bowling is a true pioneer in the genre you must have in your collection. If you are not a bowling fan, this may very well be the game that sparks your interest in the sport. Timelessly enduring and playable - a must-have.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

The Boz 2022-12-31 1 point Commodore 64 version

At the time, a nice little title. Quite enjoyed it, got a few hours out of this. Came with one of the first editions of Commodore Format I bought.

pootoast 2017-12-20 -4 points DOS version

definitely had this on the 8088.

D. Norton 86 2016-09-16 -9 points DOS version

Works perfectly on Dosbox emulator in Windows 7 system, but not so good game in general.

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived 2014-04-28 -2 points DOS version

I never had this version of the game, but I did have the Commodore 64 version.

Jegas 2014-01-01 -8 points DOS version

Ok - this games works great in DosBox 0.74 on a Win7 machine. The sounds are PC-Speaker like tones - the colors are EGA style meaning maybe four colors in play?

This game allows for up to 8 people to play - which is cool.
Easy controls - arrows I think to aim and spacebar to throw.

My only gripe is not a fair one: This game is SO old I had trouble getting into it and I actually like playing both leading edge games and old old games - so this one just felt too old or something to me. Not a complaint - it works great - just never grabbed me and I like bowling simulators now and again.

Amon 2012-07-11 1 point DOS version

This game made bowling even more boring, you can;t even hit people. They should make a bowling game where you could just smash peoples heads in with bowling balls.

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