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26 December 2011

KaoHsiung 2011 - Old Style Pachinko


As I had mentioned about gaming in the night markets, this retro pinball game (Pachinko 打弹珠) was one of my childhood favourites.

So when we came across a pachinko stall in another night market the following night, I shared with Faith the game which I am sure will be extinct eventually.

The game is very simple. Just flick the marble with the red stick through the launching tunnel on the right as with all pinball machines and watch the marble cascade down through the maze of nails and see which column the marble lands.

There are prizes for different combinations like getting a marble each in every column, getting 7 marbles in a single column, get a free game if you can get a marble into the column as indicated by the marker-drawn arrow, etc.

The prizes are pretty modest stuff, from candy, to chewing gum, to soda pop, etc.

Perhaps, it was beginner's luck for Faith but we ended up with a lot of prizes at the end of the night.

As Faith was engrossed watching the marbles rain down the maze, I spoke to the stall owner who has been manning the stall for the past 30 years in the same location. You can tell from his weathered look that he has been at it everyday come rain or shine, hot or cold.

The stall would eventually be wound up when he retires and the world will have a old style pachinko stall less for the folks to enjoy.

- Voxeros

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