Bowl A Strike

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8.631/10
9 years ago
The replay version of this game (Lucky Strike) came to me as a fluke. I had never played it before and after having messed around with it a bit, decided to jump in and am glad I did.

The Pros:
The playfield is YEARS, (more than a decade) ahead of it's time. I would like to try the add-a-ball version some time. Shots require precision and skill to make the "bumpers on" at the top of the pf is necessary to get good scores. The sling kickers are well implemented and a good shot with the flippers will get the ball back to the top of the pf. A solid shot from the flippers will hit the 100 point standup (hope that strike insert is lit!) and makes you a happy pin-head. the playfield inserts make this a shooters game. The two lanes at the top of the PF alternate being lit which means your skill shot changes as the game plays on. Skill shot AND nudging skills that change require your adaptation skills to be on point! Norm Clark did a great job with this deck. We see this entire lower pf again in about another dozen years with space odyssey/space mission.

The Cons:
The cabinet has a strange shape to it. Hungry, hungry outlanes can turn your game into a luck-fest.

The Takeaway:
If you like Eeeeeetty Beeeeetty Fleeeeper games of this era, get one. The BG animation is nicely done and appropriate to the theme. It's a great playing table. This deck will challenge your immediate as well as your anticipatory EM skills. When set up properly with a tight tilt, this game is a real challenge.
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