Pachinko is a classic Japanese instant game that has origins as a form of mechanical slot machine. In Japan, Pachinko machines are a cross between pinball and 90-ball bingo, put together in slot machine format. Neko Games partners with Microgaming to deliver classic Pachinko as this instant win casual game, which sees you trying to match patterns of numbers on four game cards by landing the corresponding numbered balls.
Microgaming makes things interesting following the initial ball delivery by introducing the option to buy extra balls for a set cost in the hope of covering more patterns and achieving higher payouts, plus an extra bonus level that elevates the game play to more than a simple instant game.
How to Play
Select your bet level by clicking on the Bet Per Ticket button. Your bet is multiplied x4 to be played across the four tickets on display. Press the Play button to open the doors to the castle and release the initial 30 balls, which roll down to come to rest at the bottom of the screen. The numbers on the tickets are marked off as the balls come down, with any winning patterns awarded. If there is a candidate for a winning ticket extra balls will appear. You have the option to buy up to 10 extra balls in a bid to make new winning patterns, though each additional ball you purchase will cost incrementally more. The total bet count underneath the reels increases as you buy extra balls.
The symbols in Pachinko are the balls 1-90, as they are in any online bingo game. The Maneki-Neko lucky cat is the key to the bonus game, and appears in neat animations when you land some of the higher-paying ticket patterns. They are reminiscent of the cute Japanese anime style animations on NetEnt’s classic Koi Princess slot or Thunderkick’s super cute Toki Tori. There are wild balls and free balls, but these only appear during extra picks and don’t appear any differently to the regular game symbols on the game board.
Aside from the various payouts for landing different number patterns on the four game tickets, landing the Bonus Pattern fittingly triggers the Pachinko Bonus feature.