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#1 atari2600land OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:32 PM

No matter what I do, the guy always precedes to throw the ball into the left gutter. Every time. Is there a way to actually play the game without this happening?



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:39 PM

Read the instructions? :dunce:



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:46 PM

Where? I don't have any.



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:51 PM

http://www.intellivi...tructions.shtml



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:18 PM

So the spotter lies. I put it in the center and it curves to the right and misses all the pins. That's real helpful.


Edited by atari2600land, Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:18 PM.


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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:18 PM

bowling right handed is much harder than left handed.  It is pretty easy to get a 300 lefty.  Not 100% of the time but close.  Some collision issues can break it up.

 

glad to see instructions are still available.  Figured they were gone with the new console announcement.



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:26 PM

If you do not press the disc to input the curve you want, a gutter ball is likely. The instructions explain all.

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:00 PM

But I push it straight ahead and it still goes off to the side.



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:24 PM

From page 8 of the instruction manual:

 

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:59 PM

I did all that and most of the time, the ball goes into the gutter no matter what. So I guess I'll just have to give up.



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:02 PM

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:03 PM

I did all that and most of the time, the ball goes into the gutter no matter what. So I guess I'll just have to give up.

 

Any way you can post a video of what you're doing?



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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:10 AM

Jessuz! How did you ever survive the 80s?  :grin:

 

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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:24 AM

I did all that and most of the time, the ball goes into the gutter no matter what. So I guess I'll just have to give up.

With perseverance and a winning attitude like that, you'll never fail!
 
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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:28 AM

Perhaps there another game that Atari2600land will be more successful in playing and thus like better? I've stopped counting the games I don't understand or find unplayable, and concentrate on the ones I enjoy instead.

 

Well, that is assuming it is not about mastering Intellivision Bowling or Instant Death. Then it would suck not understanding the controls.



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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:42 AM

Perhaps there another game that Atari2600land will be more successful in playing and thus like better? I've stopped counting the games I don't understand or find unplayable, and concentrate on the ones I enjoy instead.
 
Well, that is assuming it is not about mastering Intellivision Bowling or Instant Death. Then it would suck not understanding the controls.


I second this. I could never get into Bowling and Golf, they are just too weird and complicated.

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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:43 AM

Being honest,...I think I'd give up too!

 

Sometimes life's too short.  Play something you like.

 

I mean reading those instructions, it seems they're taking something simple and making it complicated.   Or maybe they're just explaining something simple in a complicated manner.   Either way I wonder if something else is going on...Maybe a controller issue or something.  Do other games play OK?



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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:56 AM

Perhaps there another game that Atari2600land will be more successful in playing and thus like better?

I would highly recommend "Sharp Shot."

 

(That's probably the first time anyone has ever written that sentence!)



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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:08 AM

Being honest,...I think I'd give up too!
 
Sometimes life's too short.  Play something you like.
 
I mean reading those instructions, it seems they're taking something simple and making it complicated.   Or maybe they're just explaining something simple in a complicated manner.   Either way I wonder if something else is going on...Maybe a controller issue or something.  Do other games play OK?


It's a little bit of both. I believe that the author was aiming at an accurate simulation of a Bowling game, with physics and statistical conditions, and not necessarily a fun implementation of the game, like in Wii Sports.

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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:28 PM

The controls could have been simplified into a single button game. Use the disc to position the bowler and set the spin; the same side button can do everything else.

A scan of the original instructions can be found here.
http://www.intellivi...back_games.html

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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:48 PM

I like the controls in 10th Frame (C64, MSX, ZX Spectrum, MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari ST). First you position the bowler by moving left to right, then you push up and position the aim from left to right. You can push down to reposition the bowler. When you're done, you hold down the fire button to gain power and release it when it is at ideal on the meter. Then it goes back again to control the spin, and you push the button once more at the desired spin and off the ball goes. Pretty similar to Leaderboard, also by Access Software.



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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2018 7:44 PM

It sounds like the AIM is the problem.

 

If you are bowling left handed  Bowler moved to the top of the screen,  Aim is a quick processes.  I tap the aim button and max curve.

 

Right handed,  you need to hold the AIM until the white dot moves to the bottom of the screen or even with the bowler.

 

That is why I play lefty.  It speeds the game up.

 

It is actually a great game.  I will still play pickup spares now and then. But it is hard on the keyboard.  Need the 16 positions to truly play.






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