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Be the king of the lanes in Pogo Bowl, the free online bowling game!

Be the king of the lanes in Pogo Bowl, a free online bowling game. Set in the heyday of bowling's golden age, this online bowling game comes complete with retro graphics, cool sounds and realistic game play that is unmatched. So get rolling! Bowl online and strike it rich!


Beat the Competition
Experience real head-to-head online bowling with up to 20 players.

Leader Boards
The leader board will keep you up-to-date with current results from all players in the room

Strike it Rich
Earn bonus points by being the only player to bowl a strike during any given frame.

Mining for Gold
Once per game, you'll have the chance to earn bonus tokens by knocking down a special pin. Silver pins are far more common than Gold pins, but Gold pins are worth more bonus Tokens

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Pogo™ Bowl provides a simple but powerful interface to make your shots. Start out by moving the mouse left or right to get the ball into the desired position. Once you have the ball where you want it, click on the ball to set the position. While holding the mouse button down, drag the mouse up into the lane area - you will notice a pointer being drawn as you do this. Move the pointer to the desired location and release the mouse button to initiate the throw. The faster you move the mouse and release the mouse button, the faster your throw will be. If you pause before throwing, the pointer will "cool" down (denoted by the change in color from red to yellow) and your throw will be slower.

You can bowl a maximum of two balls per frame from frames 1-9, and a maximum of three balls on the 10th frame. The following results are possible:
  • If you knock down all of the pins on your first throw, you get a Strike. A Strike is worth 10 points plus whatever you bowl on your next two throws.
  • If you knock down some (or none) of the pins on your first throw and knock down the remaining pins on the next throw, you get a Spare. A Spare is worth 10 points plus whatever you bowl on your next throw.
  • If you knock down some (or none) of the pins on your first throw and are unable to knock down the remaining pins on the next throw, you are considered to have bowled an "open" frame. Bowling an open frame hurts your ability to get high scores, but you can usually recover by bowling Strikes and Spares.

On the 10th frame (and only on the 10th frame), it is possible to throw three balls instead of two. If you Strike on your first throw, you will get two more throws; or, if you Spare on your second throw, you will get one more throw. The maximum score you can reach in one game (also known as a "Perfect" game) is 300 points. At the end of each game, the number of pins you knock down is converted into Tokens at a 1:1 ratio. On top of this, you can earn more Tokens for knocking down bonus pins or winning the Strike it Rich bonus. You can read more about these in the other sections of the help file.

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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Here are some additional pointers designed to help you become a more advanced Pogo™ Bowl player.

To get consistent scores, try to find a shot that knocks down most or all of the pins each time you throw the ball. If you can recreate a good shot, your chances of getting a high score are very good. You can also help yourself by leaving simple spares. Complicated spares occur when the ball "gets away" from you. It's almost impossible to avoid these moments, but try to keep them to a minimum if you can.

Although you do not have to apply spin to bowl well, Pogo™ Bowl simulates part of real-life Bowling by allowing you to add spin to your shot. However, unlike real Bowling, you can impart spin on the ball at any time after you've thrown the ball (but before it impacts with the pins).

Once you have released the ball, you can click and hold the left or right mouse buttons to add spin to the ball. The left mouse button imparts left spin (which makes the ball eventually curve to the left) while the right mouse button imparts right spin (which makes the ball eventually curve to the right). Depending on the speed of the ball, the spin may take effect sooner or later and may be more or less exaggerated - you'll have to experiment with the direction and speed of your shots as well as the amount of spin to perfect your throws, but it can help you get more pin "action" on impact or, even more importantly, alter the path of a poorly thrown ball.

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Pogo™ Bowl Forum: Latest Posts

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Bowling Badges

By Beyechonjr » May 22nd, 2016, 12:11 pm

i would try ea help again.. sometimes the agent just doesnt understand..i know it can be frustrating but cs is the only one that can help you...and you can always ask to be transferred to a supervisor..your not asking for a badge.. but the host badge which cant be earned..gl

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Bowling Badges

By brennybear64 » May 21st, 2016, 10:13 pm

This is not about bowling badges.
I called EA support about obtaining a host badge for our league that plays in DCR.
I have had this badge before under a different screen name.
The person I talked to, told me I had to earn the badge.
I tried to explain that it is not that kind of badge, but to no avail...
So I guess there is no way to get a host badge anymore.

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Pogo Bowl • White Screen in playing area

By pgran65 » May 11th, 2016, 6:23 pm

I have just updated to Windows 10 but pogo bowl seems to give me white screen. I have played other games with no issues since update. This only happens in internet Explorer. Any suggestions?

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Pogo Bowl is crashing my computer.

By HmSwtGrl » May 11th, 2016, 1:08 am

Dont think it has anything to do with pogo bowl. I play the game everyday. You May Want to have your PC looked at. had same issue and it was my Graphics Card.

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Pogo Bowl • Pogo Bowl is crashing my computer.

By bkpticecutter » May 10th, 2016, 11:28 pm

The last 3 times I've bowled, the game screen turns white. Then my computer does an automatic shutdown to protect itself. Goes to the blue screen, then the black screen with 3 choices of how I want to re-start it, Safe mode, Regular mode and something else, I just re-start regularly, which is pain, because it doesn't.
Today everything froze and my cursor disappeared so I couldn't even get out of there. I had to do a forced shutdown.

Anyone else ever get this? How'd you fix it?

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Gold Pins

By newgrandpaofone » May 10th, 2016, 2:42 pm

grammad96 wrote:
I have tried 3 times to complete a challenge for GOLD pins. I get plenty of silver but play game after game and no gold. I have 5 so far and have been playing for over a week. Where in the world are the GOLD pins.


Are playing in the slow rooms or the fast ones?

Are you playing nonstop or are you quitting or a short while and then come back? If you quit, unless you are lucky enough to start the new game in frame one, it's not until the second one that you get the silver pin.

You get a silver pin with every full game and while it is random, you get a gold pin once in about 5 or 6 games.

So if you play about 8 or 9 games and the quit for a while, you'll probably only end up with one gold pin and then have to start all over when you come back.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Gold Pins

By BAnDmOm47 » May 10th, 2016, 1:50 pm

I was having a problem too getting gold pins. The trick that worked for me was this. Go to a empty room, play game til you get a gold pin. When you finish the game find another empty room and do the same thing over again. Never took me more than 3 games to get a gold pin in any of the rooms I went to. Got all the gold pins I needed. Good luck!!!!

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Gold Pins

By jpmwriter » May 4th, 2016, 9:34 am

I shared the same frustrating experiences, attempting to find enough gold pins to finally win the badge... I played all night, several nights in a row. In the end, I found the "fast" rooms and switched between them (at least the games move quicker, which eases the pain a bit too!), until by morning, I ran into a group assembling for a tournament game, and low and behold, all of a sudden there were gold pins in a number of back-to-back games, and I was able to get the 2 badges I was working on! I since returned to these same chat rooms and noted that gold pins do still appear regularly. So my advice is to look for a tournament if possible, and if not, at least try the fast rooms. Good luck!!!!

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Gold Pins

By mytlc61 » May 4th, 2016, 2:42 am

grammad96 wrote:
I have tried 3 times to complete a challenge for GOLD pins. I get plenty of silver but play game after game and no gold. I have 5 so far and have been playing for over a week. Where in the world are the GOLD pins.


I feel your pain, grammad96! I have activated the Bowling Baddies Badge in the Sword and Sorcery album a few times and have yet to get it. (Knock down 16 gold pins in 3 weeks). I am determined to get it this time, but the going hasn't been easy. With 14/16, I played 10 games in a row last night (full games all in a row in the same room) and didn't get a single gold pin. Tonight (I'm embarrassed to admit this) I played 14 games in a row and finally got a gold pin. I'm now at 15/16 with a week left to play... fingers crossed, I will FINALLY earn this badge and complete the album.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Gold Pins

By SusyQ151 » April 29th, 2016, 8:22 pm

grammad96 wrote:
I have tried 3 times to complete a challenge for GOLD pins. I get plenty of silver but play game after game and no gold. I have 5 so far and have been playing for over a week. Where in the world are the GOLD pins.


The gold pins are rare.

I know when I have a challenge to get gold pins, I need to set aside a large a mount of time to earn it. Also, I usually will activate a challenge for silver pins to do along side of the gold pin challenge just so I see some progress being made.

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Pogo Bowl • Gold Pins

By grammad96 » April 29th, 2016, 8:18 pm

I have tried 3 times to complete a challenge for GOLD pins. I get plenty of silver but play game after game and no gold. I have 5 so far and have been playing for over a week. Where in the world are the GOLD pins.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: not giving strikes credit..

By NhRodney » April 27th, 2016, 1:06 am

tweety1157player wrote:
:oops: pogo bowl is not giving credit for strikes badge...

Are you finishing the game?

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Pogo Bowl • not giving strikes credit..

By tweety1157player » April 26th, 2016, 10:59 pm

:oops: pogo bowl is not giving credit for strikes badge...

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Anyone having major issues with Pogo Bowl

By Sarverkk » April 26th, 2016, 6:55 pm

aubrietia wrote:
Pepperment1 wrote:I have been having major problems with this game. I play and then the game locks up. If I wait a few minutes the game will sometimes come back but I loose rounds and sometime the silver pin that I just got. I need one more pin to get the badge but the game seems to be getting worse. I contacted Pogo and someone is suppose to be looking into this matter. I am also having issues with other games. The screen turns white. Some games have a white screen with white circles going around the corners and others have parts of the game showing, ex. First class solitaire, the hostess picture is still there and a couple of numbers but nothing else. I am going to contact Pogo again tomorrow to see what is happening. The games seem to be getting worse. Pogo seems to think that it a bug on their end. I just hope that they can get this fixed soon.

Me, too. and sometimes another game pops up!

The game is working fine. I've done 2 badges for this with no problems. Please read the previous posts and make sure everything is cleared and updated. Or you may want to try a different browser. I use Firefox and have no problems.

Well editing this as I see you won the badge today. Congrats!

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Full screen vs. a third of a screen

By CAGal1950 » April 26th, 2016, 4:13 pm

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While I personally don't use full screen, it would be really great for many Club Members.
Maybe in time Pogo will get them all done. It is a re-programming process and does take time.

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