Strikes 'N Spares (Gottlieb, 1995)

Strikes 'N Spares

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This game got 27 approved ratings and currently scores 6.595 out of 10 points.

This ranks the game #316 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.659

Artwork: 6.347

Sounds/Music: 5.286

Other Aspects: 7.009

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1 year ago
Obviously not a deep machine or anything, best played in groups. While not the most substantial pinball experience, it's one of the most fun and easy for people who are pinball-phobic. Great great intro machine and very forgiving for even a novice.
2 years ago
The kind of game that's a lot of fun at a party, but not the type of thing you'll likely play alone for hours at a time. Good choice for a large collection that just wants something different...
3 years ago
Like SlugFest, this game really shouldn't be considered a pinball machine, so rating it in relation to other pins is just unfitting. However, again like SlugFest, the game succeeds very well at being fun in its own way. The game has three bowling modes that you can choose from at the beginning of the game. Your goal is to then use the left or right flipper to flip these massive pinballs into the pins, just like bowling. You can set your ball up from the left or right side by hitting the corresponding flipper button. You then press the flipper button again to flip the ball towards to the pin. Like how shuffle bowlers roll over switchs to active hitting pins, Strikes N' Spares does the same. So depending on the angle the ball is shot, the machine's logic will raise various pins to simulate the reaction from an actual bowling ball being thrown down the lane.

When I owned this machine, I enjoyed it most when playing it and competing with friends.
3 years ago
this should be a redemption game it's far far far from a real pinball machine. I've played this a couple of times with my wife and it was the only time I've ever thought about leaving her if she was going to try and make me play it a third. To each their own when it comes to style of machines and just the fact that we're all on this site together shows a common bond to the greatness of them and for that I thank each and every one of you
3 years ago
I got this for my wife, hoping it would make her want to spend more time in the game room with me. She played a few games and so far, so good.

Firstly, this isn't a pinball machine. It's a game that uses flippers and balls, but other than that, it's almost totally unrelated to the genre.

The few games I've played on it have been fun. It's got three games to choose from: A 10 frame regulation game, a game called 'Flash' which relies on timing as well as shot placement, and Strike 90, which allows you to keep shooting as long as you're nailing strikes. There is also a tournament mode (when not on freeplay) which allows you to bowl a three game series where you compete against all other bowlers' scores for a period of time. Pretty cool.

I have it set up on easy right now so I don't scare my wife off right away, and I was able to get 7 strikes in a row on the first day I owned it. Once you find the shot, it's easily repeatable. You can, without effort, trap the ball on the flipper as it comes from the kicker which makes aiming your shot very easy. I think a good option would have been to force the ball to drop to alternating flippers rather than allowing the player to pick. I find it much harder to shoot from the left.

The music and sounds are high quality, but nothing great. Could have benefited from more entertaining voice call outs or something. With 2 DMD's you'd expect more in the way of dot animation, which are sadly pretty basic.

One last thing: This game is also HUGE! It's the largest machine I own now. The head had to be completely removed in order to fit it into a Ford Explorer for transport.
4 years ago
Would be good in a large collection. Its bowling for pinball its a neat idea and a decent game.
5 years ago
Love it!!!
5 years ago
Cool bowling game. Easy to play. When my friends come over they always want to play this. Everyone knows bowling!
5 years ago
Like this game, mixes both pinball and shuffle alley bowling. Great with friends, since it is a theme everyone is aware of.
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