Multibowl

INSTALLATION
Multibowl

December 13–March 25
Video Screening Amphitheater

2016. Bennett Foddy (b. 1978, Melbourne, Australia, lives in New York) and AP Thomson (b. 1989, Istanbul, Turkey, lives in Brooklyn, NY).

Multibowl is a collection of fast-paced mini games sourced and sampled from more than 300 video games that were published between 1976 and 2000. Two competing players are dropped into the middle of one of these games and given very little time (usually 30 seconds or less) to accomplish a goal before progressing to the next mini game. Often these goals align with the source’s original play (e.g. knockout your opponent or beat them to the finish line), but frequently they bend towards the counterintuitive and even subversive.

These rapid context shifts task players with quickly understanding the controls, mechanics, and rules of each mini game, making the chaotic scramble for comprehension the core aesthetic of Multibowl. All the while, Multibowl offers a surprisingly effective way to explore some of the winding alleyways of video game history, a journey made possible by the free and open source Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) on which Multibowl is built.

 
Games sampled in Multibowl »
7 Colors (Gamos, 1991)
'88 Games (Konami, 1988)
Alligator Hunt (Gaelco, 1994)
American Speedway (Enerdyne, 1987)
Arcade Volleyball (Rhett Anderson, 1988)
Archon (Electronic Arts, 1983)
Asteroids (Atari, 1981)
Aussie Rules Footy (Beam Software, 1991)
B.C. Story (Semicom, 1997)
Baku-kyu Rennpatsu Super-B Daman (Hudson Soft 1997)
Ball Jacks (Namco, 1993)
Ballblazer (Lucasfilm, 1984)
Ballistix (Reflections, 1989)
Balloon Fight (Nintendo, 1984)
Ballz 3D (PF Magic, 1994)
Bang Bead (Visco, 2000)
Barbarian (Palace, 1987)
Barbie Vacation Adventures (Software Creations, 1994)
Basketball Nightmare (Sega, 1989)
Bastard!! Dark God of Destruction (Cobra Team, 1994)
Battle Cross (Imagineer, 1994)
Battle Flipshot (Visco, 1997)
Battle Lode Runner (Hudson Soft, 1993)
Batty (Hit Pak, 1987)
Be-Bop Bout (Mar'z Project, 1994)
Beach Head II (Access Software, 1985)
Blandia (Allumer, 1992)
Block Carnival (Visco, 1992)
Blockade (Sega, 1976)
Blood 'n Guts (Greve Graphics, 1986)
BMX Simulator (Codemasters, 1986)
Bomb Kick (Yun Sung, 1998)
Bonanza Bros (Sega, 1990)
Boot Hill (Bally Midway, 1977)
Bop! (Bug Byte, 1986)
Bounces (Denton Designs, 1985)
Bouncing Balls (Comad, 1991)
Boxing (Activision, 1980)
Bruce Lee (Datasoft, 1984)
Bubble Bobble (Taito, 1986)
Budokan (Electronic Arts, 1989)
Butasan (Mr. Pork) (Jaleco, 1987)
Calipso (Tago Electronics, 1982)
Canyon Bomber (Atari, 1977)
Capcom Sports Club (Capcom, 1997)
Captain Tomaday (Visco, 1999)
Carrier Aces (Synergistic, 1995)
Cerberus (Cinematronics, 1985)
Chain Reaction (Data East, 1995)
Champion Kendou (Sega, 1986)
Chew Man Fu (Hudson Soft, 1990)
Claim Jumper (Synapse, 1982)
Combat (Atari, 1977)
Combat School (Konami, 1987)
Contra (Konami, 1987)
Crackdown (Sega, 1989)
Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge (American Technos, 1992)
Crossed Swords (ADK, 1991)
Cuby Bop (Taito, 1990)
Dashin' Desperadoes (Data East, 1993)
Decathlon (Activision, 1983)
Demolition Derby (Bally/Midway, 1984)
Diet Riot (LIVE Studios, 1990)
Dino Rex (Taito, 1992)
Diver Boy (Electronic Devices, 1992)
Dodge 'Em (Atari, 1980)
DoDonpachi (Cave, 1997)
Dog Patch (Midway, 1977)
Dokaben (Capcom, 1989)
Double Dare (Rare, 1988)
Double Dragon (Taito, 1987)
Dr. Mario (Nintendo, 1990)
Dr. Sparkz Lab (Atari, 1992)
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (Capcom, 1993)
Eliminator (Gremlin, 1981)
Eliminator Boat Duel (Electro Brain, 1991)
Embargo (Cinematronics, 1977)
Escape Kids (Konami, 1991)
Faceball 2000 (Xanth, 1992)
Family Jockey (Namco, 1987)
Family Pinball (Namco, 1989)
Farmer's Rebellion (Sunsoft, 1985)
The Fight of the Sumo-Hoppers (Tuomas Korppi, 1996)
Final Blow (Taito, 1988)
Final Fight (Capcom, 1989)
Final Lap Twin (Namco, 1990)
Fire One! (Exidy, 1979)
Firestriker (Hect, 1993)
Fishing Derby (Activision, 1980)
Floyd of the Jungle (Sid Meier, 1982)
Formula 1 (Lankhor, 1993)
Frogs & Flies (Mattel, 1982)
Gain Ground (Sega, 1988)
Galactic Warriors (Konami, 1985)
Ganbare Ginkun (Tecmo, 1995)
Gauntlet II (Atari, 1986)
Go! Go! Mile Smile (Fuuki, 1995)
Goalie Ghost (Bally Sente, 1984)
Golden Axe (Sega, 1989)
Golden Axe II (Sega, 1991)
Guerilla War (SNK, 1987)
Hani On The Road (Face, 1990)
Hat Trick (Bally Sente, 1984)
Hatris (Bulletproof Software, 1990)
Helter Skelter (The Assembly Line, 1991)
Hexion (Konami, 1992)
Hidden Catch 2 (Eolith, 1999)
Hili Ball (Quelle, 1983)
Hippodrome (Data East, 1989)
Hit The Ice (Taito, 1990)
Hoops (Jaleco, 1988)
Hotshot (Addictive Software, 1988)
Hungry Dinosaurs (Magical Company, 1994)
Hyper Bishi Bashi Champ)
Ice Climber (Nintendo, 1985)
Ice Hockey (Nintendo, 1988)
International Karate (System 3, 1986)
Joust (Williams, 1982)
Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest (Williams, 1986)
Jump Shot (Bally Midway, 1983)
Jump 'n Bump (Brainchild Design, 1998)
Kart Fighter (Ge De Industry, 1993)
Kick Off 2 (Anco, 1991)
King of Fighters 94 (SNK, 1994)
Kirby Super Star (Nintendo, 1995)
Klax (Atari, 1989)
Knight Games (English Software, 1986)
Land Maker (Taito, 1998)
Last Striker (East Technology, 1989)
Lazer Command (Meadows, 1976)
League Bowling (SNK, 1991)
Lemmings (Psygnosis, 1991)
Lethal Crash Race (Video System, 1993)
Liero (Joosa Riekkinen, 1998)
Lifeforce (Konami, 1988)
Lost 'n Maze (LIVE Studios, 1990)
M-4 (Midway, 1977)
Main Event (Konami, 1988)
Mang Chi (Afega, 2000)
Marble Madness (Atari, 1984)
Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 1983)
Mario Bros. Evil Tetris (Nintendo, 1985)
Marshmallow Duel (Duncan Gill, 1997)
Max RPM (Bally Midway, 1986)
Mayhem 2002 (Cinematronics, 1985)
Maze (Martin Dennett and John Parker, 1991)
Mega Man 7 (Capcom, 1995)
Metal Slug (SNK, 1996)
Metal Warriors (LucasArts, 1995)
Micro Machines (Codemasters, 1991)
Micro Machines 2 (Codemasters, 1994)
Miss Mr. World 96 (Comad, 1996)
Motteke Tamago (Naxat Soft, 1993)
Moonstone: A Hard Day's Knight (Mindscape, 1991)
Mouse Shooter Gogo (Metro, 1995)
Ms. Pacman (Tengen, 1990)
Multi Champ (ESD, 1999)
Musashi No Ken (Taito, 1986)
Narc (Williams, 1988)
NBA Jam (Midway, 1993)
NBA Maximum Hangtime (Midway, 1996)
NCAA Basketball (Nintendo, 1992)
Nekketsu Street Basket (Technos, 1993)
NHL 94 (Electronic Arts, 1993)
Ninja Baseball Bat Man (Irem Corporation, 1993)
North & South (Infogrames, 1989)
North and South (Infogrames, 1989)
Not Again (Flying Bytes, 1994)
Nouryoku Koujou Iinkai (Tecmo, 1995)
Off The Wall (Bally/Sente, 1984)
Olympic Winter Games (US Gold, 1993)
Othello Derby (Tsukuda Original, 1995)
Outlaw (Atari, 1978)
Pacific Coast Highway (Datasoft, 1982)
Paddlemania (SNK, 1988)
Palamedes II (Taito, 1990)
Panel De Pon (Nintendo, 1995)
Pang (Mitchell Corporation, 1989)
Pang Pom's (Metro, 1992)
Panic Street (Kaneko, 1999)
Parasol Stars (Taito, 1991)
Party Mix (Starpath, 1982)
Penguin Brothers (Subsino, 2000)
Pieces (Atlus, 1994)
Ping Pong (Konami, 1985)
Base Wars (Konami, 1991)
Pipi & Bibis (Toaplan, 1991)
Pirates! Gold (MPS Labs, 1993)
Pizza Worm (Zorlim and AOK, 1994)
Plasma Ball (Jaleco, 1992)
Plump Pop (Taito, 1987)
Pop 'n Pop (Taito, 1997)
Power Spikes (Video System, 1992)
Projectyle (Electronic Arts, 1990)
Pururun (Metro, 1995)
Puyo Puyo (Compile, 1991)
Puzz Loop (Mitchell Corp, 1998)
Puzzle & Action Tant-R (Sega, 1993)
Puzzle Bobble (Taito, 1994)
Puzzle Boy (Telenet, 1991)
Quarth (Konami, 1989)
Quickstep (Imagic, 1983)
Rampage (Bally Midway, 1986)
Rampart (Atari, 1990)
Rascal the Raccoon (J-Force, 1994)
Real Sports Boxing (Atari, 1987)
Riding Fight (Taito, 1992)
Road Rash II (Electronic Arts, 1992)
Rock 'n Roll Racing (Blizzard, 1993)
Rock 'N Roller (Kaeru Soft, 1988)
Rollergames (Konami, 1991)
Saboten Bombers (NMK, 1992)
Samurai Shodown 2 (SNK, 1994)
Sanrio Cup: Pon Pon Volley (Character Soft, 1992)
Sanrio World Smash Ball (Character Soft, 1993)
Schreckenstein (Ariolasoft, 1985)
Scooter Shooter (Konami, 1985)
Sensible Soccer (Sensible Software, 1992)
Shaq Fu (Delphine, 1994)
Shark! Shark! (Mattel, 1982)
Sharp Shot (Mattel, 1982)
Sky Diver (Atari, 1978)
Slap Shot (Data East, 1988)
Smithereens (Philips, 1981)
Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular (Kemco, 1990)
Sokonuke Taisen (Sammy, 1995)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega, 1992)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega, 1994)
Soreyuke Ebisumaru Karakuri Meiro (Konami, 1996)
Space Invaders DX (Taito, 1993)
Space Invaders II (Taito, 1978)
Space War (Konami, 1979)
Space Wars (Midway, 1978)
Speedball 2 (Bitmap Brothers, 1990)
Speedball Contest at Neonworld (Williams, 1985)
Spin Pair (Media Rings, 1990)
Splat! (Williams, 1982)
Sports Match (LOG, 1988)
Squash (Gaelco, 1992)
Stakes Winner (Saurus, 1995)
Star Control (Accolade, 1990)
Star Sweep (Axela, 1997)
Stone Ball (Art & Magic, 1994)
Street Fighter Alpha (Capcom, 1995)
Strength & Skill (Sun Electronics, 1984)
Summer Games (Epyx, 1987)
Summer Games II (Epyx, 1985)
Sunset Riders (Konami, 1991)
Super Bomberman (Hudson Soft, 1993)
Super Dodge Ball (Technos, 1987)
Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, 1992)
Super Off Road (Leland/Rare, 1989)
Super Runner (Pony Canyon, 1987)
Swordfight (Mattel, 1983)
Tank Force (Namco, 1991)
Tetris (Atari, 1988)
Tetris: The Grandmaster (Arika, 1998)
The Chaos Engine 2 (Renegade Software, unreleased)
The Cliffhanger: Ed Randy (Data East, 1992)
The Games - Winter Edition (Epyx, 1988)
The Karate Tournament (Mitchell, 1992)
The Missile Human (Sum Soft, 1989)
The Outfoxies (Namco, 1994)
The Undoukai (Taito, 1984)
Timber (Midway, 1984)
Tiny Toon Adventures: ACME All Stars (Konami, 1994)
Toobin' (Atari, 1988)
Torus (Yun Sung, 1996)
Track & Field (Konami, 1986)
Track &; Field II (Konami, 1988)
Triple Action (Mattel, 1981)
Troddlers (ATOD, 1992)
Trog! (Bally Midway, 1990)
Trojan (Capcom, 1986)
Tsuppari Oozumou (Shoving Sumo) (Tecmo, 1987)
Twin Brats (Elettronica, 1995)
Twinkle Star Sprites (ADK, 1996)
Two Tigers (Bally Midway, 1984)
Vectorball (Mastertronic, 1988)
Vs. Clu Clu Land (Nintendo, 1984)
Vs. Collection (Bottom Up, 1996)
vs. Excitebike (Nintendo, 1984)
vs. Hot Smash (Taito, 1987)
Wagyan Paradise (Namco, 1994)
Warlords (Atari, 1980)
Warroid (Ascii Corp, 1984)
Water Polo (Gremlin Graphics, 1987)
Way of the Exploding Fist (Melbourne House, 1985)
Weaponlord (Visual Concepts, 1995)
Where's Wally? (Sega, 1992)
Wild Guns (Natsume, 1994)
Windjammers (Data East, 1994)
Winter Games (Epyx, 1985)
Wit's (Athena, 1990)
Wizard of Wor (Bally Midway, 1980)
World Court Tennis (Namco, 1989)
World Games (Epyx, 1986)
World Heroes 2 (Conysoft, 1994)
Worm War I (Sirius Software, 1982)
WWF Wrestlefest (Technos, 1991)
Xeno (A'n'F software, 1986)
Xor World (Gaelco, 1992)
Xybots (Atari, 1987)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Lucasfilm, 1993)
Zoom! (Discovery Software, 1988)
Zunzunkyou No Yabou (Sega, 1994)