Pachinko is a game that is somewhat similar to pinball machines in the United States. In Japan, Pachinko machines are used as gaming devices in Pachinko parlors, where people play to win prizes or money.
We are THRILLED and honored that in Japan Pachinko had reached the #1 position in Top Games and #5 in Top Applications!
The original machines were totally mechanical. Our game emulates the early mechanical models. A bit of skill is involved to launch the ball to certain areas of the machine, but it also takes some luck to get the ball in a “wing” or “drop bucket” to receive a jackpot of balls from the bank. For more information check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachinko
On-Core Pachinko Features
- Classic Pachinko emulates the original mechanical Japanese machines from the 70’s and on.
- There are modes that control the starting number of balls, jackpots, and number of balls required to win the game.
- High Scores when playing in unlimited mode (Limited Balls = NO).
How to Play
To play, move the lever downwards by swiping your finger over the lower section of the game from top to bottom and then lifting your finger to release the lever. How far down you pull the lever will determine how much force is used to launch the ball. The balls are launched up through the chute on the left and fall down from the top. You hit a jackpot when your ball falls into a “wing”, “drop bucket” or the center section of the game. The bank pays you with additional balls. When a ball enters a wing or the center section of the game, one or more wings will open. Wide open wings provide a much greater chance of a ball getting in to hit a jackpot.
When you get a ball in the center where the surfer is, not only will you earn more balls, one, two or all four of the wings will open depending upon where the ball hits the wave. Experiment with pulling the lever down different distances to learn how you can control the area into which the balls drop.
Some users have reported that initially found the game a bit hard. We suggest that you go into the Settings and raise the "Balls to Start" and "Ball Per Award" to higher numbers.
Ratings and Reviews
Authentic and fun!
This is a really great pachinko simulation. The sounds, the look, everything has a ring of authenticity. I did not find the problems described in an earlier review. The lever has good control on my iPhone SE and on my old iPad 2. I can get very precise control of where I want the balls to go.
I would gladly pay $.99 each for additional machines. I would love to play machines from earlier and later eras (although the 70s machines are still my favorite). And as long as I'm wishing, it'd be amazing to use winnings to buy prizes from a prize store, like in the real pachinko parlors.
This is a great app. I love all of the settings available and the authenticity of the pachinko experience it brings. I have two suggestions to bring this to the next level. First, update the high scores table to count according to balls started. It’s not fair that someone with 50 balls to start gets the same treatment as someone starting with 10 just because they get the same amount of balls rewarded.
Second, make a lefty mode — my right thumb gets sore after all that flicking!
All in all a terrific app. Thanks!
Authentic look and feel
One of my boyhood friends had a pachinko machine at his house. Playing this game reminds me of that. I think it would be difficult to get a more authentic look and feel in a phone. The app could be improved in minor ways; the sound has audible hum and the ball physics suffers a bit from the small screen. However, in my opinion it is well worth the money I paid for it. I too would like to see in app purchases for diverse machines.
Now that I've played the game for a while, there are a few bugs for which players should be warned. The settings screen doesn't allow one to abort the game. If the abort button is pushed, the settings screen becomes unusable. When that happens the player is locked into whatever game they are playing. There is at least a 1 in 25 chance of sinking a ball, so the 25 ball per goal game is almost impossible to lose. With no abort, the player will be stuck in that game. Also the top scores do not work.
So keep the game on the 3 or 5 ball per goal settings and it is enjoyable.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.