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Bowl-A-Tron 300 Automatic Bowling Game from Hasbro (1962)

Company: Hasbro
Release date: 1962
Where to purchase: eBay

The Bowl-A-Tron 300 Automatic Bowling Game from Hasbro brought the fun of bowling into homes. Released in 1962, the sizeable tabletop game was touted for its “in-home bowling realism.”

Measuring 30-inches long by 13-inches wide by 14-inches tall, the all-plastic game was equipped with lighted pins (thanks to two D-size batteries), automatic pin reset, and ball return. Players used a spring-loaded aiming device to fire one of two plastic balls down the alley and towards the pins.

Bowling instructions, as well as some scoring sheets, completed the package. Despite its realistic experience, the Bowl-A-Tron 300 disappeared from store shelves in 1965 – just three years after its debut.

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