Birdie King was a golfing game
released by Taito in 1982. This was not one of those games that
too many young people played, but instead was popular with
intoxicated adults stuck at the bowling alley while their kids
bowled. With Birdie King, there could be one or two players,
and ball control, including speed and trajectory, were
controlled by a single track ball. In fact, other than the one
or two player buttons, the track ball was the only other input.
If you wanted the ball to travel a long ways and hook to the
right, you would spin the ball faster and at the angle you
wanted the ball to travel. The game was popular enough to
warrant a couple of follow-up games: Birdie King 2 was released
in 1983, and Birdie King 4 in 1984.