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4 Player Bowling Alley 4 Player Bowling Alley - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

4 Player Bowling Alley - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A black and white bowling game for up to four people. Players roll a multi-colored trackball to simulate throwing a bowling ball down the alley. Attempt to knock down all the pins.

4 Player Bowling Alley was produced by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1979.

Midway Manufacturing Co. released 133 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1959. Midway Manufacturing Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Manufacturing Co. during the time period 4 Player Bowling Alley was produced include: Dog Patch, Blue Shark, Rotation VIII, Extra Inning, Clowns, 18 Wheeler, Super Speed Race, Super Galaxians, Submarine, and Phantom II


Name 4 Player Bowling Alley
Developer Midway Manufacturing Co. (United States)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 12861
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail

Game Introduction

The game features an overhead view of a bowling lane. Players can select either flash or regulation bowling and also choose between either straight or hook shots. The game displays "Beer Frame" on the fifth and tenth frames.

Game Play

Use a trackball to roll a bowling ball towards 10 pins in the hopes of knocking over as many as you can.

4 Player Bowling Alley KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.63 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 5.00

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 5.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

The cocktail version is oval shaped to accomodate a vertically oriented monitor and the long bowling alley. It is labeled simply "Bowling Alley" and has a copyright date of 1979. Trackballs are mounted on boths ends of the machine.


Uses Midway's 8080 System board which was also used on many of their other black and white games from 1975 to 1980.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op 4 Player Bowling Alley Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,468 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,437 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 10 known instances of this machine owned by 4 Player Bowling Alley collectors who are active members. Of these, 9 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for 4 Player Bowling Alley.

This game ranks a 4 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



CPU: 8080

Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 76; Color photo Price guide: No

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