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Frame Changer

Cinergy offers bowling that’s highly interactive and fun, thanks to a new twist that turns lanes into a high-tech, glitzy, gamified environment.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
December 28, 2019

If you’re looking for an activity that’s fun for the whole family, from young children to grandma and grandpa, you might want to consider a classic game turned modern — the bowling lanes at Cinergy in Tulsa. This old-school sport has gotten an upgrade that takes it right into the 21st century, and it’s all waiting for you at this mega-entertainment spot with activities fit for everyone.

Cinergy’s boutique bowling area features 14 lanes, brand-new and beautifully set up to feel comfortable and inviting. There’s none of that grungy, worn-down look that aging lanes often suffer from. Take a seat, put on your bowling shoes (either bring them with you or rent them), and get started on playing some games. But don’t expect to be playing with heavy balls, league style, because Cinergy takes bowling to a whole new level that today’s families are loving.

Trust us when we say this isn’t old-fashioned bowling. Cinergy offers a sport that’s highly interactive and fun, thanks to a new twist that turns lanes into a high-tech, glitzy, gamified environment that is like nothing else you’ll find right now in Green Country. That’s because this new twist, called HyperBowling, is the latest thing to hit bowling lanes. And right now, Cinergy is the only place in the state where you can play it.

Cinergy offers a sport that’s highly interactive and fun, thanks to a new twist that turns lanes into a high-tech, glitzy, gamified environment that is like nothing else you’ll find right now in Green Country. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Cinergy offers a sport that’s highly interactive and fun, thanks to a new twist that turns lanes into a high-tech, glitzy, gamified environment that is like nothing else you’ll find right now in Green Country. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

“The cool thing about HyperBowling is that we’re the only ones in Oklahoma that will have it for probably the next year and a half,” says general manager Aaron Latus. “As people continue to catch onto it, they’re enjoying it, because it’s like video game bowling.”

In other words, rather than trying not to slip and fall as you hurl a hefty ball down the lane, trying desperately to hit a pin rather than getting a gutter ball, HyperBowling lightens and brightens the whole experience. The gutters have raised bumpers, featuring LED lights that flash different colors up and down the bumpers. The pattern changes continuously, and you, the bowler, must try to hit the right color on both the bumpers and the pins to score points. It’s a different way to bowl, and it’s a lot of fun.

“With HyperBowling, it’s cool,” says Latus. “The game measures your ability and gets harder as you go. It sees how well you do and progressively gets more challenging.”

By the way, it’s not just the gamified nature of HyperBowling that makes it fun for everyone. It’s also the lightness of the bowling balls, which have to be much lighter than the typical kind to hit the bumpers. Your arms won’t get tired fast, the way they might if you were playing with traditional 6- to 16-pound balls.

Cinergy’s boutique bowling area features 14 lanes, brand-new and beautifully set up to feel comfortable and inviting. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Cinergy’s boutique bowling area features 14 lanes, brand-new and beautifully set up to feel comfortable and inviting. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

Unlike traditional bowling games, which last 10 frames, HyperBowling moves much faster. There are only five frames each game, no worrying about getting spares or avoiding gutter balls. Players can get through several games of HyperBowling in the time one traditional game would take. For parents, it’s a great way to entertain younger children whose attention spans don’t last long. And having the bumpers up is part of the game, so no one feels like they can’t bowl.

Rules for HyperBowling are available at the consoles next to each lane or ask a guest service representative who will be glad to walk you through the details so you know exactly what to do. “We’ll help you navigate the system,” says Latus. “And if you have some trouble, we always add extra time back on, for free.”

Of course, the lanes also accommodate traditional bowling for those who want it, as well as cartoons, themed games, and flexibility to change elements like the number of frames per game. “We’ve got a plethora of choices that even if you want to go to your traditional style, it’s not traditional anymore,” says Latus.

Cinergy charges by the lane per hour, not per bowler, making the experience much more affordable for groups, especially families. During off-times (Monday through Thursday before 5:30 p.m.), lanes are just $10 per hour. It goes up to $20 per hour on weekends. And even at peak times (weekend nights), the prices remain reasonable — up to $30 per hour. “You’re still saving a ton of money [compared to traditional lanes],” says Latus, “and you’re going to get several games out of it.”

To make your time at the bowling lanes even better, Cinergy has TV screens at the top of each lane, as well as some within sight at the nearby food and bar area. The full menu is at the player’s fingertips. Order at the console and the food will be brought to you.

The whole experience works for all ages, and it’s growing in popularity as Tulsans discover it. “As people are playing HyperBowling, it’s becoming their new favorite,” says Latus. “People are coming out for it. As they play it, they love it.”

LOCATOR
Cinergy
6808 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. 300 | Tulsa
918-894-6888
cinergy.com/locations/tulsa
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.