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.