Copyright/Publisher: Access Software, Created by: Roger & Bruce Carver,
Release Year: 1986, Genre: Bowling, Number Of Players: 1 to 8
From the green, green grass of the highlyg successful golf simulation Leader Board, to the
polished and shining alleys. From frilly to two-tone shoes. From a six iron to a fifteem pound
ball. These are the changes Access have gone through with their latest program Tenth Frame,
a ten-pin bowling simulation.
Before play can begin an options screen is presented, firstly offering the choice between
league or open bowling. If the former is chosen you then have to input the name of the
playing teams, numbers of players on each team (up to four) and the number of games to play
(from one to three). The latter option delivers a screen asking the user to input the number
of players (from one to eight) their names, the ability level (either kids, amateur or
professional) and the number of games to play. Once this information has been input the
bowling can begin.
The screen displays a natural 3D view of the bowling alley from a position above and behind
the bowler. The bowler appears at the end of the alley and is completely joystick controlled.
Pushing forward on the joystick activates a marker which appears halfway down the alley. Left
and right moves it in those directions and using the marker you can aim where the ball is
going to go (it crosses the marker as it travels down the alley).
Once the marker is in positions it can be deactivated by pulling back on the joystick, the
bowler himself can then be moved left or right to aim the ball at the desired section of
the pins. Once everything is primed the bowler can be made to bowl the ball by pressing the
A 'speed and hook' gague at the bottomof the screen is used to control the strength and curve
of each players bowl. As the fire button is depressed the speed indicator increases towards
the speed zone. When it reaches this the fire button has to be released (otherwise an error will
be incurred) and upon release the hook gauge comes into action, the indicator sliding downwards
towards the hook zone. When it reaches this the fire button should be pressed, again the
timing is critical - too much hook either side of the hook zone could mean the ball missing the
Each player has two attempts at each set of ten pins, a score is given and the next player
bowls. The game continues in this fashion, the score sheet being shown after every player
has had their turn. The score is kept automatically, and incorporates all the differen types
of score, including spares, strikes and extras.
Superb presentation, suitable graphics and realistic spot FX are all part and parcel of this
highly accurate and addictive simulation of ten-pin bowling. Tenth Frame is simplicity in
itself to pick up and get into, however it does lack any great lasting appeal - unless, like
me, you enjoy the real thing. I found Tenth Frame immensely playable, especially against an
opponent (or two) and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in the sport.
This is yet another high quality sports simulation from Access which features a superbly
animated main character and excellent playability. However, there's a lot less variety in its
gameplay than Leader Board and consequently it doesn't have as much lasting appeal. Nevertheless,
it's still very enjoyable to play and requires a fair bit of practice before any proficiency at
the game is achieved. The game is extremely well presented with three skill levels and
multi-player and team options. If you're after an unusual, slick and highly playable sports simulation
then look this up.
Tenth Frame is so realistic that you can almost imagine the hordes of boring posers and
screaming children that usually inhabit the nation's bowling alleys. The skills
necessary to master Tenth Frame are almost exactly the same as those needed in the real
thing, and you must always be on your toes, as one careless shot can really mess up your
As in the real thing, this is best enjoyed when played among a group of
friends - well, friends at the beginning anyway. The sound is adjustable, and at its
loudest is very impressive. The animation is excellent and the use of colour cannot be faulted.
All in all, this is the next best thing to a night out in the local alley.