IGT's Kingpin slot bowls us over

Apr 28, 2009 5:08 PM
Slots of Luck by L. Sabin |

Think back to those exciting trips as a kid to the local bowling alley on Saturday afternoons with your friends or Saturday nights with a date. It was long before automatic scoring and those fancy gizmos used now.

That’s where playing Kingpin Bowling takes you.

The game really captures the atmosphere and style of the authentic 1950’s-1960’s bowling lanes. The logo itself is perfectly 1950s, as are the symbols (bowling bag, shirt and shoes, plus fruit that’s actually bowling balls). When three or more shirts come up on a played line, they reveal a cool Kingpin Bowling graphic on the back. The bowling bags shoot into the air then crash down on the ball that’s revealed.

And, of course the shoes do a little dance.

Kingpin from IGT is a 25-line 10x max bet game. The scatter symbol is a turkey that’s also a bowling ball. Why a turkey? I guess it’s because "gobble" rhymes with "wobble" and that’s what the pins do when they’re hit by the ball.

The music is Jerry Lee Lewis’ immortal "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" referring to the way the pins shake and knock each other down, I guess.

Kingpin bowling features three bonus rounds. The Scatter Bonus occurs when a turkey symbol land on reels 2, 3 and 4. They transform into 10 pins at the end of a lane and you win the total of all the knocked-down pins.

The Gobble Wobble Bonus starts when those symbols land on reels 1, 2 and 3 of a played line. A grid appears revealing 40 pins. Pick one pin and it starts to wobble, knocking down the next pin, which knocks down the next pin, which knocks down ... well, you get it. Each knocked-down pin awards a credit value. The round ends when the pin wobbles but doesn’t fall down.

The Trophy Challenge bonus is initiated when three animated bowling-trophy figurine symbols land on reels 2, 3 and 4. Hit the "Bowl" button and the game begins! A complete line has 10 full frames at "Kingpin Alley" where you get two chances per frame to bowl a strike.

During the course of the game, you earn credits for every pin knocked down. Strikes and spares are scored like in regular bowling with 10 pins plus the next roll for a spare and 10 plus the next two rolls for a strike. If you bowl a strike or spare in the 10th frame you get a third bowl.

I played 2x line bet (50 cents). I got into the Gobble Wobble and shook down eight pins for 623 credits. Then I had my win multiplied by three because the bonus symbol appeared on three paid lines. So my total win was $18.69 from the initial $10 investment when cashing out.

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