Japan’s Pachinko Industry Enters the Online World

Japan's Pachinko Industry Enters the Online World

Pachinko is a favorite pastime enjoyed by the Japanese throughout their country. Traditionally, it can be found near apartments, hotels and train stations around every corner.

The younger generation and technologically-adept have discovered that pachinko can also be played on the internet via money-based casino games. This has opened up the process of pachinko transitioning from physical to the virtual, including beloved titles such as 聖戦士ダンバイン or Holy Warrior Dunbine, among others.

For those who are curious and want to give online pachinko a shot, here’s a quick guide.

Playing Online Pachinko

Online pachinko is different from regular pachinko in a number of ways, the most obvious of which is convenience and accessibility.

Most casino sites allow players to log on with just about any device that can run a web browser, which means you can play on your smartphone, tablet or laptop as long as you have an internet connection.

In some sites you will need to register for access. In others, you can deposit real money and play on higher stakes. Choose the pachinko game you want to play and you can expect a few useful details such as its history, chance of winning and whatnot.

Operating the Pachinko Machine

Instead of pulling a lever to launch the metal ball, all you need to do is press your finger on the screen or the mouse, hold it for a second or two (depending on how strong you want to launch it) and let it go.

There’s also an option to have the balls automatically launch via the auto-shoot button. Here, you can lie back with a drink in hand and relax as the game autoplays for you.

As with pachinko games, the challenge lies in finding the ‘sweet spot’ where the ball lands in the highest-paying jackpot. It helps to assume a laid-back attitude and let things run its course.