Heard of Pachinko and Pachislot anyone?
Even though casino (both on- and offline) is banned in Japan, there is still a lot of gambling going on. All over Japan there are special parlours packed with slot machines called Pachinko and the more modern version called Pachislot. These parlours are extremely noisy, very smoky, and normally rather dark and not very social. But a lot of Japanese both men and women love them, and spend hours at a time in them. So what is it?
Pachinko are the traditional machines into which you pour metal balls at the top. The balls then dribble down and hit metal nails on the way down, the outcome is decided by where the balls end up. As a player you can somewhat move the nails to affect the outcome.
There are hundreds of different themed Pachinko machines based on movies, music etc. Some machines are more modern and some are very old fashioned. The modern ones have animations and futuristic design and are usually very noisy and with flashing lights. The more old fashioned ones focus more on the basic feature, i.e balls falling onto nails.
The winnings come out as, you guessed it, more metal balls. You often see players with trays stacked on top of each other, the trays being filled with balls. And now we are talking thousands or tens of thousands of balls, weighing in at far more than you can lift.
So, what to do with thousands of metal balls? Coincidentally next to the parlours there are shops where you can buy physical items for your balls, which you in turn can exchange to cash.
Here is a nice article (google translate it) about Pachinko on a site mostly about online casino in Japan.
The Pachinko´s younger cousin is the Pachislot machine. Pachislots are very similar to normal slot machines. Normally they feature three reels with fruit symbols, cherries being wilds. The main feature that makes them very different from normal slot machines is an animated game. The animated game features a story which develops and changes based on the outcome of the reels.
As you play your three reels, the story unfolds and different events take place on the screen on top of the machine. There are also some Pachinko machines that feature a video screen, but all Pachislot machines have this feature.
Instead of the metal balls used with Pachinko, you use coin shaped tokens with Pachislot. Another thing that differs from Pachinko are the three buttons you press to interact with the story.
There is actually quite a descent Pachislot casino slot online.
Final words about Pachinko and Pachislot
If you happen to be in Japan, we can definitely recommend giving Pachinko and not the least Pachslot a go. You will have a blast and it´s actually a fascinating cultural experience of modern Japan. Enjoy!By: Magnus