Bowling on the RCA Studio II
10-pin bowling in black and white for two players. This game is one of five built into the RCA
Studio II Emulator available by pressing "3" on your keyboard after starting up. Bowling
is a very simple game but a good place to start learning about emulation.
Once you have started a game you will see the large square on the left (that's your ball) automatically
moving up and down. Thanks to this players have only to choose the right moment to throw their ball.
Press "3" to begin. Players take it in turns. Player 1 uses "2" to hook up, "W"
for straight and "S" for hook down. Player 2 uses numeric keypad "8" to hook up, "5"
for straight and "2" for hook down. Plays a full 10 frame game although scoring is simplified
from the real thing. Press "F1" to reset the console at the end of a game.
Use an alternative controller to the keyboard with JoyToKey:
Obviously the keyboard isn't the most accessible controller for many gamers. Using a utility such as JoyToKey
will allow you to connect a USB Joystick compatible controller in place of the keyboard. Many switch interfaces
such as the C-SID, Adapted
Namco Arcade Stick and Dream-Gamer will work
in this way. If you do not have access to these I recommend using any Playstation joypad or arcade stick
connected via a USB adapter.
One Switch play:
By setting an accessibility switch to throw straight ("W" for Player 1 - Numeric Keyboard "5"
for Player 2) one switch play of this ancient game is possible.
For your convenience JoyToKey has a "RCA Studio II" configuration that will work straight
away with Playstation compatible controllers. Here you should be able to connect a switch to the RIGHT
joystick socket for player 1 and to the CIRCLE socket for player 2. Press START to begin and SELECT to