You’ll be bowled over by this terrific vintage arcade game!
The ‘mannequin’ arcade concept, in which a small moulded figure is physically controlled by the player, was originally introduced in the 1930’s and proved immensely popular right through to the early 1960’s.
The highly collectible ‘Ten Strike’ arcade bowling game was produced by the renowned manufacturer Williams during 1957 and 1958, and was based on an earlier version by H.C Evans. Williams bought the tooling from Evans went the company went bust and immediately improved on the mechanism by abandoning the somewhat cumbersome weighted pulley system and replacing it with stepper units which control the play and action.
Players manipulate the bowler’s aim before releasing the ball with the red knob, and in this version of the game Strikes are worth 30 points with spares worth 20. Rather ingeniously, the ball breaks the magnetic attraction between the pin and the alley, causing the weighted pin to recede when struck. Behind the stunning back glass is a fully automated electronic scoring system which is in perfect working order having just undergone a thorough restoration.
The two player game was manufactured in 5’ and 7’ sizes, and there was also a six player version which was produced in fewer numbers. This immaculately restored example is the 7’ two player version, and was only recently imported from the USA.
We’d be pleased to demonstrate the amazing ‘Ten Strike’ at our Chertsey showroom, where you can also see Genco’s brilliant basketball machine which works along similar lines, but meanwhile check out our fabulous pictures of the game in action!