Pinheads Bowling VR is a fun new way to play the classic game of bowling, with animated pins and sideline attractions that create an altogether unique bowling experience!
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Dec 22, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to get feedback on the core gameplay systems while we complete development of the remaining game components. This is a bowling game with detailed and accurate physics simulation with 3D controller input which we want to polish to perfection.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“3 months”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will contain reasons for the player to throw the ball at targets outside of the lane itself, have more virtual products to spend virtual currency on and more unlocks generally, plus the ability to play up to 4-player games. The variety of pin reactions and activities will be greater than in the beta release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Core functionality will be available. Ability to play through entire bowling games.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will go up after the early release version of the game.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Please send comments to Also, feel free to post to the community page (and its okay to talk about good things up there, too.) :)”
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About This Game

We’ve all dealt with pinheads. They are everywhere and you have to be polite to them. I mean, I don’t want to sound like a jerk. I know they mean well…at least most of them. They know not just what pinheads they can be. How nice would it be to be able to throw bowling balls at them. Well, here is your chance! And its legal! You can throw bowling balls at these pinheads all day long. Some of them will even like it. Not only the pinheads at the end of the lane, but also the rest of the pinheads taking up space. As long as you are playing this game, you’ll never have to be polite to any pinhead you see. That is our promise to you.

Pinheads Bowling VR is a fun fun fun new way to play the classic game of bowling with animated pins that react as you bowl. The game is built on a hyper-realistic physics simulation, so whether you like to put spin on the ball and curve it in for a strike or throw straight down the lane, you will feel like you are bowling at a real bowling alley. That is…if real bowling alleys were filled with living bowling pins. Watch the bowling pins get slammed by the ball and then watch them enjoy their off-hours by unlocking new activities for them as you play the game.

• One of the most-realistic bowling simulations ever created (seriously...up until the point that the pins start animating...that part hasn't been tried irl)
• Play in Room-Scale, Standing, or Sitting VR modes
• Play with your friends with up to four players (with or without the headset)
• Animated pins to challenge the player and react in fun and funny ways
• Coming Soon: Add life to the bowling alley as you unlock new activities for pins who are off-duty (in full version of game at completion of Early Release period)
• Coming Soon: Unlock cool new bowling balls (from in-game store)
• Coming Soon: Unlock new pin sets and pin costumes (from in-game store)
• Coming Soon: Download new bowling alleys with entirely new themes (from Steam)

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: 64-bit Windwos 7 SP1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX970, AMD R9 290, or greater.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • VR Support: SteamVR
    • Additional Notes: HTC Vive Required
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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