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Box artwork for Gokuraku Yuugi.
Gokuraku Yuugi
Year released1987
System(s)Family Computer Disk System
Japanese title極楽遊戯 げーむ てんごく
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
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Gokuraku Yuugi: Game Tengoku (極楽遊戯 げーむ てんごく? lit. Paradise Play: Game Heaven) is a collection of small "traditional" games published by Sofel for the Family Computer Disk System at the end of 1987. It contains a collection of 8 games that the player chooses from a selection screen which appears like different channels on a television screen.


Game Selection[edit]

Game Description

Bingo village

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Not so much a game by itself, this is an interactive way for players to call up the random BINGO numbers, one tile at a time. The game will allow the player to select tiles until all 75 tiles have been selected, so play will continue beyond when a player is likely to declare BINGO. A player takes the control pad and presses A button as a chicken runs below a cat with a mallet. If timed correctly, the cat will strike the chicken on the head with the mallet, causing the chicken to lay an egg which corresponds to a random available number.

Roulette forest

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A roulette game that is dressed up with forest and animal decorations. The player is allowed to distribute up to 30 points among three selections of bets; whether the winning number will be blue or red, the head corresponding to the winning number, and then a selection of four numbers which the player would like to bet on. Play continues until the player runs out of points to bet.

Dice class

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Out of all the choices, this one is the least game-like. Before it begins, the player chooses how many dice they would like to use, from 1 to 5. Then when the game is ready, the player presses A button, and the dice are thrown. When the results are shown, press A button again to have the dice gathered and set up for the next throw. There is no end condition to this; play continues until the game is reset.

Family Slot-tle machine

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In this game, a player has a collection of points that they can use to bet on five different directions in which slots can be tallied; upper, middle, and lower rows, along with both diagonals. After bets are placed, the player selects the green light to initiate the spinning of each "bike", and then the red light to stop it. The green and red lights of the bikes can be selected in any order. The name is a play on the similarity between the spelling of slot (スロット) and throttle (スロットル) in Katakana Japanese.

Barely Black Jack

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This is a bare-bones presentation of Black Jack which can be player with between 2 to 5 players. One player is selected as the "dealer", and this designation switches to the latest winner of each round. All other players bet their points (up to 10) to attempt to beat the dealer with their current hand. Play continues until one player has racked up all other players' points.

Continuous Poker

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This is a version of five card stud Poker that can be played with between 2 to 5 players. Players are presented five cards, face up. Each player must select which cards they would like to hand in and have dealt back. Once all players have replaced some of their cards, the computer tallies the results and awards points to each player based on the value of the hand they possess. Then the next hand is dealt.

Certainly Neurosis

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Although named "Neurosis," this is a presentation of the game commonly known as "Concentration" among English speaking players. All 52 traditional playing cards are laid face down. The game can be played alone, or between 2 to 5 players taking turns. On each turn, a player turns over two cards. If the cards have the same value (regardless of suit), the player is awarded with a successful match. Play continues until all 52 cards have been matched. A timer keeps track of how long it takes to match every card.

More Speed

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This is a variation of the game known as Speed (sometimes also referred to as Spit) which must be played with two players. The deck is divided between two players and four cards are placed face up. After a countdown, two cards are presented in the middle. The player may move one of his or her face up cards to one of the piles in the middle is the value of the card is one step apart (either up or down) from the card at the top of either pile. The goal is to quickly deplete your collection of face up cards by moving them to one of the piles before your opponent does. If neither player can move a card to either pile, another countdown occurs before new cards are placed at the top of the piles.