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Strike Zone Bowling ( formerly Pro Bowling 2)


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Wanted to start a new thread to distinguish from the old thread for Pro Bowling.

 

Attached are Beta Roms for NTSC and PAL 60.  This was another collaboration with Kevin Mosley.

 

For those who played Pro Bowling , the gameplay mechanics are pretty much the same .  The main gameplay differences are :

 

- now  can choose 1 or 2 players

-  splits / spares are easier to make ( no longer requires specific spin) 

- you can get " in the zone "  ( a perfect game is much more possible  - can you win the trophy?  ) 

 

Enjoy!

 

Some screen shots:

 

 

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Here are photos of manual for those that don't want to download it :

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StrikeZoneBETA2_PAL60.bin StrikeZoneBETA2_NTSC.bin

Strike Zone Bowling Controls.pdf

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Once I got the hang of the controls, I was able to hit 4 or 5 strikes in a row! I got this high score on my 3rd game.  It really helps to read the instructions to know what you're doing.

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I love the special animations, and the fact that you can choose a man or woman bowler.  This would have been a very memorable bowling game if it had been released in 1982. It's just amazing. I love everything about it.  Will definitely order a cartridge when avaialble.

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New high score, 257:

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Just bowled a 278!

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2 hours ago, guppy said:

really helps to read the instructions to know what you're doing.

i am so glad you like it!  keep at it and you will get a 300 soon. yes once you learn how to do the spins correctly you can really make a lot of spares and strikes . 

 

The arcade is interactive btw....

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Some feedback:

 

Add a 3-Game Match mode, so two players can compete in a series?

 

Can you add an option for left handed bowlers, with mirrored graphics and inverted controls?

 

Can the ball scale as it goes down the lane?  It would help the 3-D simulation if it visually shrank as it gets further from the bowler. 

 

I think the lane would be better with the guide arrows vertically inverted, like on a real bowling alley lane, like this:

 

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36 minutes ago, guppy said:

Some feedback:

 

Add a 3-Game Match mode, so two players can compete in a series?

Thanks for the interest and feedback .    I am maxed out pretty much with features . This game only uses  the original hardware specs for RAM and only 32K . 

I still program in Assembly and am already over achieving for my knowledge level :)

 

The 2 player game was hard enough to get to work !  You could just keep track of best 2 out of 3 I guess.

 

39 minutes ago, guppy said:

Can the ball scale as it goes down the lane?  It would help the 3-D simulation if it visually shrank as it gets further from the bowler. 

Maybe. will look into it . It never really bothered me before , but fresh eyes are  useful.  It depends on how much ROM space can be salvaged .

 

41 minutes ago, guppy said:

 

I think the lane would be better with the guide arrows vertically inverted, like on a real bowling alley lane, like this:

That would be easy enough to do 

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1 hour ago, easmith said:

Maybe. will look into it . It never really bothered me before , but fresh eyes are  useful.  It depends on how much ROM space can be salvaged .

As-is, it plays well enough, but it'd be a nice touch.

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14 hours ago, guppy said:

Can the ball scale as it goes down the lane?  It would help the 3-D simulation if it visually shrank as it gets further from the bowler. 

Yes looks like this is doable . Working out the right  timing/ graphics of transitions .   

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On 3/4/2023 at 6:39 PM, guppy said:

Can the ball scale as it goes down the lane?  It would help the 3-D simulation if it visually shrank as it gets further from the bowler. 

 

New ROMS uploaded in first post . Ball gets smaller as it moves away now.   For some reason I can't remember I thought this was not doable . Probably because original game was 8K.  I got used to it and never revisited it .  Nice improvement !

 

Also the guide arrows are inverted now.

 

Again, this game was a total team effort with Kevin Mosley aka @Kevinmos3 .  Hope you enjoy it .   I will await the first posting of a perfect 300 game :)

 

 

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thanks for this mate i will try to do a review on my website www.funkyspectrum.com as soon as possible it looks like a great title ! thanks for being one of the people who keeps the torch burning for this great system ! i had to sell my console because of money problems but i still play atari using roms so thank you very much for releasing these to the public !

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This has got to be one of the best Homebrew games I've played. This is not just your typical bowling game but more of an experience of being at the bowling alley which is so cool to see something like this on the 2600. Absolutely incredible! I would love to see how much you can add to this game to its maximum rom potential but right now it's absolutely amazing the way it is. Thank you for putting this out there for us all to play.

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On 3/5/2023 at 8:29 PM, easmith said:

 

New ROMS uploaded in first post . Ball gets smaller as it moves away now.   For some reason I can't remember I thought this was not doable . Probably because original game was 8K.  I got used to it and never revisited it .  Nice improvement !

 

Also the guide arrows are inverted now.

 

Again, this game was a total team effort with Kevin Mosley aka @Kevinmos3 .  Hope you enjoy it .   I will await the first posting of a perfect 300 game :)

 

 

I love the improvements!  The ball scaling is very subtle but definitely makes a difference!  

I would love to see a slow-mo instant replay of the "action mode" view as an option.  The "cinematic" cutscenes after strikes and spares are amazing, but being able to replay the previous throw in slow motion so you can see exactly where the ball went would be a welcome addition.  This could be triggered by conditions hardcoded into the game, or could be called by the player through joystick input, such as holding the action button down + joystick left, or some other input, after the ball clears the alley.

 

I would also love it if the end screens could display a line score of the game you just played, across the top of the screen, showing every frame that you bowled.    

 

The interactive video game end screen could have a little "more" to it.  It doesn't have any sound effects, and if you shoot the alien saucer once the game just returns you back to the title screen. It would be amazing if you could play through one level of this game, with an option for replays, or return to the title screen.

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On 3/18/2023 at 1:43 PM, guppy said:

I love the improvements!  The ball scaling is very subtle but definitely makes a difference!  

I would love to see a slow-mo instant replay of the "action mode" view as an option.  The "cinematic" cutscenes after strikes and spares are amazing, but being able to replay the previous throw in slow motion so you can see exactly where the ball went would be a welcome addition.  This could be triggered by conditions hardcoded into the game, or could be called by the player through joystick input, such as holding the action button down + joystick left, or some other input, after the ball clears the alley.

 

I would also love it if the end screens could display a line score of the game you just played, across the top of the screen, showing every frame that you bowled.    

 

The interactive video game end screen could have a little "more" to it.  It doesn't have any sound effects, and if you shoot the alien saucer once the game just returns you back to the title screen. It would be amazing if you could play through one level of this game, with an option for replays, or return to the title screen.

Since you're commenting on a bowling game, just wondering if your AtariAge name is related to Guppy Troup.

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ZeroPage Homebrew is playing Strike Zone Bowling on tomorrow's ZPH stream LIVE on Twitch, hope you can join us!

 

Games:

 (WATCH AT 1080P60 FOR BEST QUALITY)

 

 

 

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