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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

Here's the latest from Pogo members chatting in our Pogo™ Bowl Forum where folks gather to make new friends, debate game tips, and share a joke or two. Register to join (it's free)!

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Challenge for 2 gold pins this week. Got them but not showing.

By Mod_Jada » January 16th, 2018, 9:43 am

What is the name of the challenge and is it a personal, mix and match, or premium badge album challenge?

Also, did you make sure to activate the challenge?

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Pogo Bowl • Challenge for 2 gold pins this week. Got them but not showing.

By Pattyann2Plyr » January 16th, 2018, 4:45 am

I have played 15 games last night and got 1 gold pin. I played tonight and knocked down 2 gold pins, but I haven't got credit for the challenge, and since I don't have credit for this challenge it won't let me play anymore challenges. Please help.
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I played 7 games tonight and got 2 gold pins..and knocked them down.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: pogo bowl not all pins are showing

By fisherofmen59 » January 13th, 2018, 8:56 pm

This has happened to me, too. The zoom trick above didn't help (I don't zoom my screen.) I also cleared the windows and IE caches, cookies and history. I only see four pins if I see any at all.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Can't Play

By Mod_Jada » January 3rd, 2018, 8:32 am

The link below will show your system settings.

Copy and paste that information back here and someone will try to help:

System Information

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Can't Play

By kaiko642 » January 3rd, 2018, 3:13 am

Tried that but still am not able to play. Got the same message when tried to play Canasta and Dominoes for this weeks challenges

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Pogo Bowl • Getting booted from Game

By logie0310 » December 30th, 2017, 1:36 pm

I am trying for the badge where I need 40 strikes. It is bad enough trying to get a strike, but I just had 3 in one game and got booted and no credit. I am not one to normally complain about what the games are doing bad, good or otherwise. But A Strike is not easy to get and I want my credits LOL.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Can't Chat In Pogo Bowl-merged topic

By MRobin8714 » December 26th, 2017, 3:45 pm

My chat quits working after I roll the first ball. I have tried everything and nothing works. I am on IE right now and chats rooms will not come up. Says to REFRESH and I did, twice, and still no room to select from. I don't know what to do next. I hate bowling with no chat. Others think BOT or other bad things about you when you don't respond to something they typed in. Wish pogo would leave things alone when it is working right.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Can't Chat In Pogo Bowl-merged topic

By loni916 » December 26th, 2017, 7:00 am

My chat in pogo bowl no longer works in firefox although it will work in IE which I hate using. I can't still send emojis, but nothing types for me to send.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: chat

By Mod_Jada » December 19th, 2017, 8:56 pm

johnp52 wrote:
Mod_Aby wrote:Look at the top of the Main Chat area (just under the token display). You will see several small icons. The third one from the left looks like a gear/cog. Click on that icon and make sure there is a check mark next to SHOW CHAT.
Okay so how do you get chat to work if it stops in the middle of chatting ?
Look above the word"SEND" and you will see an arrow.
Click on that arrow until you can't click on it anymore.
That will bring your chat current and back into view.
You might have to keep doing that or you can try using a different browser and see if you have better results.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: chat

By johnp52 » December 19th, 2017, 7:39 pm

Mod_Aby wrote:Look at the top of the Main Chat area (just under the token display). You will see several small icons. The third one from the left looks like a gear/cog. Click on that icon and make sure there is a check mark next to SHOW CHAT.
Okay so how do you get chat to work if it stops in the middle of chatting ?

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Pogo Bowl • Re: gold pins

By CAGal1950 » December 15th, 2017, 3:25 pm

The Gold pins are random. There is no 1 Golden Pin for every X number of Silver Pins. You could go 7 to 10 without a Gold Pin or you could get two in a row.
It makes no difference how many folks are in a room. At least in my opinion. I like to play in full rooms, because the folks are usually very talkative and nice. Makes the games go quicker.
Good Luck with your Badge.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: gold pins

By menoc5150 » December 15th, 2017, 11:46 am

tips pls how often to the gold gold pins appear vs silver pins. tips pls is it best to play in single rooms vs 2 or more persons in room

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Full Screen

By Deborah3691 » December 11th, 2017, 11:38 pm

I don't know if it is because of the new Christmas theme but the pins look smaller, it's not quite right.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Full Screen

By Mod_Jada » December 11th, 2017, 7:29 pm

leopard45 wrote:

Don't you know you can enlarge the screen yourself? You see those 3 little dots in top right hand corner of your computer screen under the "X"? Click on those. There will be a list of things. About halfway down the list is "ZOOM" with a plus and minus sign on either side of "100". Click on the plus. It will go to 110 % the first click, 2nd click gets you 125%, which should be all you need.
Pogo games are meant to played with your browser's zoom set at exactly 100 percent.
Anything higher than that could result in mouse clicks not being recognized.

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Pogo Bowl • Re: Full Screen

By leopard45 » December 11th, 2017, 6:49 pm

jonannynita29 wrote:Hello all! Merry Christmas to everyone here!
Does anyone know if Pogo Bowl will

EVER get the ability to go full screen? It sure would help with my game, being a bad
player to begin with!
:lol: Would love to see that feature!
Thanks in advance!
Don't you know you can enlarge the screen yourself? You see those 3 little dots in top right hand corner of your computer screen under the "X"? Click on those. There will be a list of things. About halfway down the list is "ZOOM" with a plus and minus sign on either side of "100". Click on the plus. It will go to 110 % the first click, 2nd click gets you 125%, which should be all you need.

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