Pachinko is a casino game that originated from the country of Japan. The very first Pachinko game was a highly similar game to the Pinball game and may even have been fashioned or designed based on it. The player of the game needs to shoot one small ball through a shaft or a small passageway to a vertical board with several holes in it. The speed and the spin of the little balls are factors to the success of the game. If the balls fall into one of the holes the players gets the corresponding points associated with the hole.
Pachinko was first invented in Japan during the early 1900s. It was probably based on the newly invented Pinball Machine in the United States. In Japan, Pachinko gave out prizes like soup, soap and tobacco for adults and sweets and candy for the children. Initially, Pachinko was a horizontal sloped board with holes but a vertical one was eventually made to make up for lack of space. Soon, many other variations and gimmicks were added to the Pachinko game. Nails were set in a definite order and more spinning wheels and other doodads were put in the board.
The player’s gobjective in Pachinko is to shoot small balls into a vertical board where they should go into pockets. These small pockets are the triggers for the slot machine which then spins out a reel for the players’ prizes or more balls to play with. Usually, the balls go straight through to the bottom, and players do not get to win any prize, but sometimes the small balls get caught in the small pockets and this activates the slot machine which is integrated into the Pachinko game. Whatever combination you get, that is your prize or money.
The vertical board is usually filled with nail or other protrusions to make the balls bounce around and may be go into the small pockets. The game is based on pure luck and chance so there is no other factor that is needed to win, except maybe the speed and spin of the ball. The speed and spin of the ball is mainly due to the strength exerted when the ball is flicked out of the lane. All the flashing lights and the other sounds and music involved in the game has no effect whatsoever on the game.