Bowling is an ISoftBet sports slot that welcomes the average Joe as a competitor – just like the real-life 10-pin bowling alley. Because our Sports Slots section is already packed with free slots featuring Olympic athletes, tennis stars and elite soccer players, we though this bowling-themed game would be a welcome addition for slots fans who aren’t at the peak of any professional game (that’s most of us we assume!). The reels are packed with friendly and enthusiastic amateur bowlers whose job it is to help you launch the interactive bowling game in the BONUS BOWLING ROUND and win more prizes. This slot also comes with a generous dose of scatters, all of which are multiplied by your total bet on the relevant spin.
The special symbols on this game are the SCATTER and the BONUS. The BONUS symbol is a set of bowling pins arranged in a star shape; when triggered in an active payline the pins spin around in a circle and the BONUS sign flashes. The SCATTER symbol is a blue medallion-type badge that might be pinned on your shirt if you won a bowling competition down at your local alley. The other symbols consist of the members of your bowling team (4 of them), a bowling bag, a set of upright pins ready for a strike, and 2 pins being struck by a bowling ball with a bang! The highest paying ordinary symbol is the eldest member of your bowling team (a bald-headed gentleman) who can help you pocket a tidy 5,000 coins if 5 of him line up for you on a payline. There are 4 symbols that pay out the lowest amount (2 coins for 2 symbols on a payline): the team member with the purple bowling ball, the upright pins, the pins being struck by the ball, and the bowling bag. The symbols do display some animations when triggered by a win, but these are nothing to get too excited about; mostly they involve some flashing lights and a bit of waving (by the players).
Wagers and Jackpots
As we mentioned above the maximum regular jackpot on this game is 5,000 coins. There are only 5 paylines on this sports slot, which might make it a sufficiently simple but entertaining game for players new to online slots. You can place wagers of between 0.02 and 2.00 £/€/$, depending on the currency with which you might play this bowling slot for real money. You can further boost your potential winnings by placing additional bets per line. Of course all this is relevant only to players spinning this bowling slot for real money rather than for fun. Such players will be interested to learn about the SCATTER MULTIPLIERS that come with this game: each time you win a prize for landing more than 2 SCATTER symbols anywhere on the reels, that win is multiplied by your total bet for the spin. This means that betting more will push those SCATTER winnings up and up. Naturally, it’s important to remember that as with all real-money slot gaming, betting more to increase the chances of a big win brings with it the risk of increased losses.
Other ways to win
Bowling comes with two special features that offer greater winnings to real-cash players and more fun to players spinning for free.
- SCATTERS – The SCATTER symbol awards a prize when it appears anywhere on the reels. The size of the payout depends on how many SCATTERS land on the reels after the spin. You’ll receive 1 coin for 1 SCATTER, 2 coins for 2 SCATTERS, up to 25 coins for 5. These winnings are then multiplied by the size of the bet you put down before taking the spin.
- BOWLING BONUS ROUND – this feature is triggered by 3 or more BONUS symbols landing anywhere on the reels after a spin. The reels then disappear and you’re taken to a second screen to play an interactive bowling game. Simply click on the bowling ball to direct your shot at the pins. You’ll receive a prize for each pin you manage to knock down.
Music, audio and graphics
ISoftBet has produced a fairly simple game here in terms of audio and graphics. The bowling alley background noise (voices murmuring, pins falling, and the sounds of crowds generally having a good time), accompanied by the lilting music, go some way towards creating a real-life bowling ambience. The animations are pretty tame, however, in comparison to those in some of our other featured sports slots.
The Last Word
A fun but simple amateur bowling slot that won’t keep you spinning for hours without putting a real-money bet down, but is worth a try nonetheless. Seven out of ten.