DOUBLE: Two consecutive strikes within a single game.
FRAME: One of three scoring units constituting a game, each including one or two bowls (two or three in 3rd frame) depending on the number of pins knocked down. (Each game in Bowling Crew consists of 3 frames).
GUTTER: One of two trough-shaped structures surrounding a lane to catch errant bowls.
HAMBONE: Four consecutive strikes within a single game.
LANE: The game's playing surface.
OIL: The lubricating conditioner applied to some parts of the lane. The oil zones are marked with blue.
OIL PATTERN: The quantitative pattern of distribution of oil on the lane, having a major effect on ball motion. The oil zones are marked with blue.
OPEN (FRAME): A frame in which neither a strike nor spare is achieved.
PERFECT GAME: FIVE consecutive strikes with a resulting score of 90.
POCKET: The area on the pins a bowler aims at to get the best chance of a strike: between pins 1 and 3, or 1 and 2.
SPARE: The scoring result for a frame in which the last of the ten pins is/are knocked down on the second bowl of the frame.
SPLIT: When two or more pins remain standing with a gap between them, making it very difficult to complete a SPARE.
STRIKE: The scoring result for a frame in which all ten pins are knocked down on the first bowl.
TURKEY: Three consecutive strikes within a single game.
Ball types and rarity
There are four ball types:
Beginner balls. These cannot be upgraded. You start with these balls.
Power balls are the heaviest. These balls are engineered to knock down a large set of pins.
Bounce balls are designed to give you a better chance of completing splits.
Precise balls are easier to use and weigh less that power balls. These balls are great for knocking down a small group of pins. Their main advantage is their bigger size.
Balls have different qualities:
Common balls have blue cards. When a new common ball is unlocked, its level is 1.
Rare balls have gold cards. When a new rare ball is unlocked, its level is 3.
Epic balls have violet cards. When a new epic ball is unlocked, its level is 5.
How do I get more balls?
Standard balls become available once you reach certain Alleys. This means that they can start appearing in cases. You can check this in the ball's description (tap on the ball).
Upon reaching the Alley, you get an opportunity to get cards specific to the Alley though the following method:
Unlocking cases that you get for victories
Play a game and claim a daily reward
Getting a crown case
Getting cases for completing missions
Taking a free case in the Shop (with a chance)
Purchasing in the shop
Getting a case as a league reward
When you receive a ball card for the first time, that ball is unlocked. You can get its cards from any case, including cases from lower-level Alleys.
New balls do not drop often. If you've reached a certain Alley it doesn't guarantee that all balls of that Alley are being unlocked. The positive side of this is that the fewer balls you have, the easier it is to upgrade them.
But if your goal is to collect all balls, then you can purchase Collector's Cases in the Shop, which have a 100% chance of giving you a new ball.
Please note, that it's not necessary to purchase them. All balls, except premium and rank balls, can be unlocked for free during the game, but it might take some time.
What different ball stats represent?
Upgrading balls will affect two of their stats:
Weight — the higher this stat, the higher level pin you can knock down.
Hook Control — the higher this stat, the slower the pointer moves on the hook controller.
There are three parameters that remain constant with ball upgrades.
Speed — determines how fast the ball rolls down the lane.
Guide — the higher this stat, the longer the green predict line is.
Hook — the higher this stat, the more intensely a ball can hook.
How do I upgrade balls?
Balls can be upgraded in the Arsenal. You need chips and ball cards for upgrading.
The maximum level is 20 for all balls. Keep in mind that after reaching the maximum level for a Ball you will keep getting its cards. These cards will be converted into the chips added to your account.
If you have enough cards to upgrade a ball, there will be a green arrow pointing up next to the progress bar on the ball.
By tapping on the ball, you'll see how many chips are required for the next upgrade.
The light gray part is the current value of Power / Speed / Guide / Hook / Hook control. The green part is the value after the upgrade. The dark gray part shows the value at the ball's maximum level.
Ball comparison and rearrangement
When you start a game, six balls in the ball return system are placed in the exact same order as in your Arsenal. The bowled ball returns to the end of the line.
To change the ball in your deck in the Arsenal, pick a new ball from your available balls, tap on it, then tap on the slot where you want to place it.
You can compare balls in the Arsenal. Tap on the ball, tap Comparison button, then add another ball to the comparison by tapping on it.
Which balls are better?
Improving your balls is one of the goals in the game. For a comfortable experience, keep your balls' level no lower than the number of Alley you are playing. For example, if you play on Alley 5 (Asian Drift), make sure your balls are leveled up to at least level 5.
If you have linked your game to a Facebook, Apple, or Google account there will be no problem in restoring your progress at any time.
Please ensure that your Facebook/Apple/Google account is linked to your Bowling Crew profile and that you have access to it or have already logged in.
Launch the Bowling Crew app.
Hit the Sign In button.
Choose the option you want to proceed with.
If you have accidentally chosen the Play button, don’t worry! You still can restore your progress.
Complete the tutorial.
Tap on your Avatar in Lobby and connect your Facebook/Apple/Google account again.
You will see the in-game profile that was connected to your Facebook/Apple/Google account. If you see the wrong one, please contact our support. We’ll be happy to help!
In the Lobby, tap your avatar, then press the 'Hamburger' (Menu) button → Support → Start a conversation. In order to help us fully understand the issue, you can attach screenshots or videos if needed. Make sure that the Bowling Crew app has access to files on your device and hit the paperclip button to attach a file.
You can also reach our support team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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