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How the hell do I play pachinko?

Lord JezoLord Jezo Registered User regular
edited August 2007 in Games and Technology
What the hell is this game about?

Someone from Asia let me try out a pachinko ps2 game and I have no idea whats going on. I got to the pachinko part of the game and turned it on. Or more like turned the dial. The little silver balls started spewing out and lots of flashing lights started. Noises started to chime and some girl with big boobs showed up on a little screen in the middle of the machine and told me I was super lucky.

Is there some point of pachinko or do I need to do anything besides turn the dial to control how fast the balls come out or am I just supposed to sit there and watch it?

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  • lazyboilazyboi Registered User
    edited July 2007
    I've wondered about this myself. Anyone?

  • WulfWulf Disciple of Tzeentch The Void... (New Jersey)Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Yeah, I want to know how this game really works, but am also far to apathetic to google the answer. I'm not even joking, its like on the level of Sesame plants!

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  • Pajama_ManPajama_Man Registered User
    edited July 2007
    A crap load of metal balls enter the tabel...

    ...POINTS!

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  • NavocNavoc Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I don't really know anything about pachinko, but a quick search reveals this explanation:
    There is a ball catcher located at the bottom of the pachinko game screen and the point of the game is to fire the balls from the top, through the obstables in the balls way and ultimately into the catcher. Miss the catcher and you win nothing with that ball and the ball is lost.

    The player has control of a power dial that can be adjusted up and down to regulate the speed and force of the firing balls. Obviously, the player adjusts this to the force that makes the ball take the easiest course into the catcher.

    Get one ball into the catcher and you normally win 4 balls.

    There is also a spinning reel game, like a slot machine in the centre of the game screen. The spinning reels have possible winning lines, normally vertically down the centre or the three reels or diagonally. The top and bottom reels stop spinning first and if they produce two identical numbers on a win line then the middle number is played out with a mini game.

    When play is finished the balls are converted into money. Again, it's fairly obvious that the more balls you win the bigger the machines payout so that's what you're aiming for.

    Sounds bizarre. Though I think this is an explanation for a specific online version; I'm not sure how much it differs from pachinko in general.

  • LeumasWhiteLeumasWhite Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I have no idea how to play it, but Pachinko Sexy Reaction is the best game ever when you're tired. PYEW PYEW FLASHING LIGHTS AND BALLS GOING EVERYWHERE PYEW PYEW NOW SOME GIRL IS TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF QUICK FIRE BALLS AT HER PYEW PYEW PYEW

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  • GoumindongGoumindong Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
  • Lord JezoLord Jezo Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I wonder.. is there anywhere in America to play a real pachinko machine or will I need to go to Japan to experience the goodness outside of the digital world?

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  • KhavallKhavall Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Lord Jezo wrote: »
    I wonder.. is there anywhere in America to play a real pachinko machine or will I need to go to Japan to experience the goodness outside of the digital world?

    My Grandparents had a Pachinco machine in their basement, so I know you can find them and bring them here.


    I'm fairly sure that they brought it with them from a trip to Japan though.

  • yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Khavall wrote: »
    Lord Jezo wrote: »
    I wonder.. is there anywhere in America to play a real pachinko machine or will I need to go to Japan to experience the goodness outside of the digital world?

    My Grandparents had a Pachinco machine in their basement, so I know you can find them and bring them here.


    I'm fairly sure that they brought it with them from a trip to Japan though.

    My grandmother has or had one in a storage shed in her back yard, as well.

    So, the things can definitely be acquired. The question lies merely in finding one that works.

    My first instinct would be to check a chinatown and other such places, though to be honest I do not know how much these regions cater to those seeking Chinese goods and services, and how much they cater to general asian goods and services.

    Alternatively, vegas. It would not shock me one bit for at least one working pachinko machine to exist in Las Vegas.

  • XenoXeno Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Sounds like Plinko to me.

    Everyones favourite Price is Right game. Except this Pachinko sounds more interactive.

  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Resident of Las Vegas here, don't come here looking for a Pachinco machine because you're not going to find one. The state gaming commission is pretty strict on knowing exactly what odds/payouts a particular machine has and that they're fair (The casino won't lose money) before it'll ever see a casino floor.

    Try Ebay.

  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Valkun wrote: »
    Resident of Las Vegas here, don't come here looking for a Pachinco machine because you're not going to find one. The state gaming commission is pretty strict on knowing exactly what odds/payouts a particular machine has and that they're fair (The casino won't lose money) before it'll ever see a casino floor.

    Try Ebay.

    Some modern pachinko machines are simply electronic slot machines and the ball hitting the basket (or bottom) is simply the trigger to slow/stop the slots. I'm sure they can be easily regulated this way.

    Personally I prefer machines that combine both luck and some skill so I feel like I at least have a chance of getting better and actually winning.

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  • ParkingtigersParkingtigers Registered User
    edited July 2007
    Lord Jezo wrote: »
    What the hell is this game about?

    Someone from Asia let me try out a pachinko ps2 game and I have no idea whats going on. I got to the pachinko part of the game and turned it on. Or more like turned the dial. The little silver balls started spewing out and lots of flashing lights started. Noises started to chime and some girl with big boobs showed up on a little screen in the middle of the machine and told me I was super lucky.

    So what's the problem exactly? You are super lucky, be content with that.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I've been to Pachinko parlors in Tokyo and Osaka.

    Basically, a lot of it has to do with luck; they're basically insane, flashy slot machines. The dial you speak of, I believe, affects how many balls come out, and you can adjust how fast they shoot out. There are various areas around the board where you want your balls to land.

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  • PanickdPanickd Registered User
    edited July 2007
    Goumindong wrote: »
    You dont "play" pachinko

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachinko

    Right...pachinko "plays" you! O_o

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  • GoumindongGoumindong Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Panickd wrote: »
    Goumindong wrote: »
    You dont "play" pachinko

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachinko

    Right...pachinko "plays" you! O_o

    Yes, in the same way you dont "play" a slot machine. Its essentialy button, not a game.

  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I think Hawaii has some pachinko machines. But then again, Hawaii is Japan Jr.

  • JCRooksJCRooks Registered User
    edited July 2007
    yalborap wrote: »
    My first instinct would be to check a chinatown and other such places, though to be honest I do not know how much these regions cater to those seeking Chinese goods and services, and how much they cater to general asian goods and services.

    Not Chinatown. Pachinko is very much a Japanese product. You might have some more luck in Little Tokyo areas (assuming you live in a big city that has one).

    FYI, I live in the Seattle area, where there is a sizable Japanese-ethnic population. I've never seen a pachinko machine in Uwajimaya, which is the Japanese grocery-store (and more) of the area. Seeing how it's closely related to gambling in many ways, I highly doubt you'll just find one sitting around, unless you do a lot of digging around. eBay does seem like your best bet. (Either that, or flying to Japan)

    BTW - I spent a week in Kyoto back in college (class trip) and visited a pachinko parlor. Holy hell those places are loud. Also depressing. It reminds me of seniors spending their retirement funds at Atlantic City slot machines, smoking up a storm and generally being cranky.

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  • GageGage Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
  • SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint. Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    If you think playing Pachinko is hard, try repairing a real motherfucking Pachinko machine. I have one and the thing makes no god damn sense behind the scenes.

  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha Registered User
    edited July 2007
    Obligatory Nick cage pachinko link

    http://www.japander.com/japander/cage.htm

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    as far I can tell pachinko was all about winning more little silver balls back. I've even heard its related to a lot of gambling all over asia. And even the north korean nuclear program. It is definitely one of the more odd links related to pachinko. http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fuj/latimes109.htm

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  • PanickdPanickd Registered User
    edited July 2007
    Goumindong wrote: »
    Panickd wrote: »
    Goumindong wrote: »
    You dont "play" pachinko

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachinko

    Right...pachinko "plays" you! O_o

    Yes, in the same way you dont "play" a slot machine. Its essentialy button, not a game.

    I thought that that was essentially what a pachinko machine was, an early form of slot machine.

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  • Red LegRed Leg Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    If you've ever seen the Price is Right (and who hasn't, if you've skipped school enough times) it is basically Plinko. Just super hyped up with more pegs.

  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Obligatory Nick cage pachinko link

    http://www.japander.com/japander/cage.htm

    " I LOVE PACHINKO"


    as far I can tell pachinko was all about winning more little silver balls back. I've even heard its related to a lot of gambling all over asia. And even the north korean nuclear program. It is definitely one of the more odd links related to pachinko. http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fuj/latimes109.htm

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  • hamburger helperhamburger helper Registered User
    edited July 2007
    I have no idea how to play it, but Pachinko Sexy Reaction is the best game ever when you're tired. PYEW PYEW FLASHING LIGHTS AND BALLS GOING EVERYWHERE PYEW PYEW NOW SOME GIRL IS TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF QUICK FIRE BALLS AT HER PYEW PYEW PYEW

    sounds like the best game ever

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  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha Registered User
    edited July 2007
    I have no idea how to play it, but Pachinko Sexy Reaction is the best game ever when you're tired. PYEW PYEW FLASHING LIGHTS AND BALLS GOING EVERYWHERE PYEW PYEW NOW SOME GIRL IS TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF QUICK FIRE BALLS AT HER PYEW PYEW PYEW

    sounds like the best game ever

    It is. http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?letter=&game_id=12956 . It gets pretty hot but It is one of those coin chewers all based on luck imho.

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  • SaddlerSaddler Registered User
    edited July 2007
    I have no idea how to play it, but Pachinko Sexy Reaction is the best game ever when you're tired. PYEW PYEW FLASHING LIGHTS AND BALLS GOING EVERYWHERE PYEW PYEW NOW SOME GIRL IS TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF QUICK FIRE BALLS AT HER PYEW PYEW PYEW

    sounds like the best game ever

    See I was going to come in all smart alecky and say, "the real question is WHY would you want to play pachinko?" But this answered it pretty well.

    Judging from the one pachinko video game I ever played, you actually have very little control over the "game" though.

  • Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User
    edited August 2007
    Saddler wrote: »
    I have no idea how to play it, but Pachinko Sexy Reaction is the best game ever when you're tired. PYEW PYEW FLASHING LIGHTS AND BALLS GOING EVERYWHERE PYEW PYEW NOW SOME GIRL IS TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF QUICK FIRE BALLS AT HER PYEW PYEW PYEW

    sounds like the best game ever

    See I was going to come in all smart alecky and say, "the real question is WHY would you want to play pachinko?" But this answered it pretty well.

    Judging from the one pachinko video game I ever played, you actually have very little control over the "game" though.

    You just put money in until pictures of boobs come out. Everybody wins at Pachinko (Sexy Reaction)!

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  • slacktronslacktron Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Pachinko is like a Japanese slot machine.

    Except, you know, theoretically the physics of the machine make it a non-random game as you can time the release of balls and find the "perfect machine" that pays off more often than others.

    I base all my conclusions on the research accomplished by Captain Japan in his epic series The Pachinko Player vs. The Parlor Owner

  • slurpeepoopslurpeepoop Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    There's a pachinko-based game made by Popcap or something along those lines, and it was pretty fun.


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  • ParkingtigersParkingtigers Registered User
    edited August 2007
    Saddler wrote: »
    I have no idea how to play it, but Pachinko Sexy Reaction is the best game ever when you're tired. PYEW PYEW FLASHING LIGHTS AND BALLS GOING EVERYWHERE PYEW PYEW NOW SOME GIRL IS TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF QUICK FIRE BALLS AT HER PYEW PYEW PYEW

    sounds like the best game ever

    See I was going to come in all smart alecky and say, "the real question is WHY would you want to play pachinko?" But this answered it pretty well.

    Judging from the one pachinko video game I ever played, you actually have very little control over the "game" though.

    You just put money in until pictures of boobs come out.

    Again I ask, what is the problem? It's a game with boobs, we've maxed out the gaming experience. Looking for more will only end in disappointment.

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  • Lord JezoLord Jezo Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    How much does it cost to play Pachinko in Japan? Is it like here in Atlantic City / Vegas / wherever where you have machines ranging from a penny to $500 a pull or is there some kind of standard?

    If I went into a Pachinko place with the yen equivalent of $100 how long would I get to sit there?

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    There's a pachinko-based game made by Popcap or something along those lines, and it was pretty fun.


    NINJA EDIT: Peggle Deluxe. Pachinko, but with different stages!!!!!1!1one

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  • GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Wasn't Pachinko basically designed to get around Japanese anti-gambling laws? You buy the balls from one company, then play with them in another company's Pachinko machine, then when you are done, you take your remaining/winning balls back to the first company to trade them back for money. Both companies are owned by the mob.

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  • JCRooksJCRooks Registered User
    edited August 2007
    Gihgehls wrote: »
    Wasn't Pachinko basically designed to get around Japanese anti-gambling laws? You buy the balls from one company, then play with them in another company's Pachinko machine, then when you are done, you take your remaining/winning balls back to the first company to trade them back for money. Both companies are owned by the mob.

    From what I've heard (from friends who lived in Japan for several years), the balls you win are used to redeem prizes, similar to the stuff you get in arcades for tickets (plush dolls and other crap). That's legal. Then you leave the store, go around back, and head to a counter which will then trade you the same plush doll for cash. Apparently that's also legal.

    Legal + legal = Legal, amiright!? :)

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  • halkunhalkun Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Also each ball is engraved with the parolor's name. I used to collect packinko balls that rolled out the door when I lived in Japan. I must of had about 200 different ones.

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    JCRooks wrote: »
    Gihgehls wrote: »
    Wasn't Pachinko basically designed to get around Japanese anti-gambling laws? You buy the balls from one company, then play with them in another company's Pachinko machine, then when you are done, you take your remaining/winning balls back to the first company to trade them back for money. Both companies are owned by the mob.

    From what I've heard (from friends who lived in Japan for several years), the balls you win are used to redeem prizes, similar to the stuff you get in arcades for tickets (plush dolls and other crap). That's legal. Then you leave the store, go around back, and head to a counter which will then trade you the same plush doll for cash. Apparently that's also legal.

    Legal + legal = Legal, amiright!? :)

    Basically gambling is regulated by the govt so they can't exchange for cash directly. They can exchange balls for tokens, then go to the place across the street to exchange tokens for cash. Otherwise (to keep it looking legal) you can exchange balls for goods like cigarettes and toys or whatever.

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