Thursday, March 4, 2010


Panchiko is like a vertical pinball in which you can win small prices and, occasionally, money. Your only intervention consists in releasing the ball (you have to turn a wheel to select the speed: medium is the right one). The rest is luck. The ball has to go into a little hole to give you a change to win. Old time players say that the trick is knowing which machine to choose. Some people make a living out of it. And much more lose a lot of money every day. Inside the manga decorated parlors the noise is deafening, stadium rock level: there are hundreds of machines emiting high pitch noises and some gabba-like techno music. Not really recommended.

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