Blindfold Bowling

User Guide

Overview

Blindfold Bowling is a fully accessible bowling game for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.

You control this game using iPhone gestures.
First, in the main menu, select one of the Bowling games.

This is the ten pin game of Bowling where you and one opponent alternate bowling, with 2 throws per frame, for ten frames.
You will hear your actions and game information in a woman’s voice, and the other player’s’ actions in a man’s voice.

The pins are set up in a triangle, with one pin in the front row, two pins in the next row back, three pins in the third row back, and four pins in the back row.
Each pin is numbered from left to right, starting with the front row.
The front row has pin 1, the next row back has pins 2 and 3, the next row back has pins 4, 5 and 6, and the back row has pins 7, 8, 9 and 10.

To hear the status of the game, such as the scores you and your opponent has, swipe down with 3 fingers.
To post your winning score to facebook or twitter, tap twice with 2 fingers after the game is over.
To go back to the main menu, swipe up with 3 fingers.

Throwing the ball

Start playing by Simple Throw game. Position yourself on the bowling alley by touching your fore-finger to the screen, and move it left and right. When you flick or lift your finger, the ball travels straight down the alley without curving left or right. To help you figure out where you are standing, you will hear the numbers from 1 to 5, where 5 is the edge and 1 is close to the center. The left side is a man’s voice and the right side is a woman’s voice.

To make the game a more challenging, play the One Finger Aim and Throw game.
Position yourself on the bowling alley by touching your fore-finger on the screen, and move it left and right, until you are positioned correctly.
Then pause briefly, then to aim, flick in the direction that you want the ball to go.
You can also slide your finger in that direction after pausing shortly.
You will hear a dong-dong sound and the phone will vibrate when you have paused long enough.
If you don’t pause, you will hear a honk sound that indicates that you throw was rejected.
Your throw starts when you lift your finger from the screen.

To be even more accurate in your bowling, play the Two Finger Aim and Throw game.
Position yourself on the bowling alley by touching your thumb on the screen, and move it left and right, until you are positioned correctly.
Then touch your fore-finger on the screen, and move it left and right until you have ball aimed exactly where you want.
Finally, pause briefly, and then flick your fore-finger.
You will hear a dong-dong sound and the phone will vibrate when you have paused long enough.
If you don’t pause, you will hear a honk sound that indicates that your throw was rejected.
The faster you flick, the faster the ball will go.
If you change your mind, and want to reposition yourself, first lift your thumb, and then lift your forefinger.
You will hear a honk sound that indicates you are starting over again.

If you prefer to hear your position as beeps and clicks, in the SETTINGS screen, you can switch side to side positioning from NUMBERS to BEEPS.
At the left edge, you will hear very fast clicks that slow down as you move to the center, and then switch to faster beeps as you get to the right edge.

If you want to know the angle you threw the ball at, in the SETTINGS screen, set TELL ANGLE to ON. Eacht time you throw the ball, you are told
general direction – left or right – and the angle, such as 10 degrees.

Controlling the ball and the pins

This game starts with a big bowling ball that you throw at big bowling pins. It makes the game rather easy.
If you want a harder challenge, you can make the bowling ball smaller or the pins smaller.
The ball size varies based on the distance between the pins. The smallest ball is 20% bigger than the space between the pins.
That’s about the same size as you would find in a bowling alley.
The largest ball is 40% bigger than the space between the pins.
The bigger the pins, the more likely that one pin will hit into another pin and knock it over.
The smallest pin size is about the same as you would find in a bowling alley.

You can also change the speed of the bowling ball in the SETTINGS screen. The faster you flick, the faster the ball will go.
With the default MEDIUM speed, a fast flick takes about 3 to 4 seconds for the ball to travel down the alley and hit the pins.
FAST speed takes about 1 to 2 seconds, and SLOW speed takes about 5 to 6 seconds.

Game Varieties

You can play this game several ways. To play by yourself, select a 1 player game. You can play against the computer by selecting a game between You AND Computer.
You can play with someone by sharing your iPhone by selecting a 2 player game.

When playing against the computer, you will play against a different competitor each time.
There are nine competitors, and you can find out more about each of the competitors in the SETTINGS screen under CHOOSE THE COMPETITOR option.
When you tap on that option, in the COMPETITORS screen, you can set which competitor you want to play against, or you can create a new competitor by tapping the ADD NEW button.
To change a competitor’s name, or other attributes of that competitor, tap on the INFO button.

Playing For Free – How to earn and use coins

To start a game, you will use one coin.
This game comes with 10 coins, so you can play 10 full games of bowling.
You can buy more coins at any time; tap the GET UPGRADES button on the main screen.

If you get 5 strikes in a game using One Finger Aim and Throw or Two Finger Aim and Throw, you win one coin.
If you get 7 strikes in a game using either of those throws, you win 2 coins.

You can also earn up to two coins per day by listening to several videos.
Each time you listen to a video, you’ll earn one blindfold.
When you’ve earned 3 blindfolds, they are automatically turned into one coin.
Tap the GET UPGRADES button and select EARN COINS FROM VIDEOS.

If you play one of the 2 person games where you share your iPhone, you need 2 coins per bowling game.

If you purchased unlimited coins, you are given about 250 coins immediately, and you can replenish whenever you drop below 250 coins.
To replenish your coins, go to the GET UPGRADES screen, and tap REPLENISH COINS.

Settings

The SETTINGS screen has several sections.

In the first section of SETTINGS, you can change how the game performs.
You can change the pin size, ball size and ball speed.
You can select your competitor.
You can change how loud the background sounds are.

See the Common Features guide for other settings.

How To Play Ten Pin Bowling

The object of the game is to throw or roll your bowling ball at the ten pins, and knock down as many as possible.

The pins are set up in a triangle, with one pin in the front row, two pins in the next row back, three pins in the third row back, and four pins in the back row.
Each pin is numbered from left to right, starting with the front row.
The front row has pin 1, the next row back has pins 2 and 3, the next row back has pins 4, 5 and 6, and the back row has pins 7, 8, 9 and 10.

The game has 10 rounds, called frames, where you get to throw the ball twice. If you knock down all of the pins on the first throw, you get a strike.
If you knock down some of the pins on the first throw, and the remaining pins on the second throw, you get a spare.
You score is the number of pins you knocked down, unless you scored a spare or a strike.
If you scored a strike, you get 10 points, plus the number of points you bowl in the next two throws.
If you scored a spare, you get 10 points, plus the number of points you bowl in the next throw.

If you score a strike on the last frame, you get to throw two more times, and those points are added to your score.
If you score a spare on the last frame, you get to throw one more time, and those points are added to your score.

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