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-- Playing video games since the 80's ! --
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Save your sister from your own dumb gambling problems in this somber arcade mahjong game from HOME DATA.
● Title: 麻雀 放浪記 掟 ● Genre: Mahjong ● Release Date: 1988 ● Developer: HOME DATA ● Publisher: HOME DATA ● Media: Arcade System Board ● System Specific: Unique Hardware
MAHJONG HOUROUKI OKITE (Mahjong Waywards Law) is an arcade (undressing) mahjong game developed by HOME DATA. The game was the third and final entry in the company's short lived 「HOUROUKI」 series.
As far as I was able to research, it looks like none of the HOUROKI games able to match the success of HOME DATA previous hit game「MAHJONG CLINIC」.
In MAHJONG HOUROUKI OKITE the player assumes the role of a deadbeat mahjong player who's been forced to use his sister (JUNKO) as a collateral for his gambling debts.
Now in order to pay off your debts and save your sister, you must delve in the dirty world of underground mahjong, clean the floor with other lowlife mahjong players, and undress their female companions before they can do the same with your sister.
-- GANBARE ONNICHAN ! --
MAHJONG HOUROUKI OKITE is best remembered for its rather somber attract screen and for its digitally sampled catchphrase 「TASUKETE ONIICHAN !」. Other than that however, it's just a rather simplistic and unremarkable mahjong arcade game.
A lot of arcade mahjong games from the 80's were noted for their cheap CPU difficulty level, and this one is no exception.
Sometimes it would seem as if you need to be some sort of mahjong god to be able to beat the cheap CPU and theus get to see those video game gals undress.
Today thanks to emulation and the magic of state saving, we can finally learn the truth behind those old mahjong arcade games and how they were specially designed to scam consumers.
It turns out that instead of randomly shuffling the tiles like in real-life mahjong, the CPU in reality only alternates between different pre-set hands that will vary in difficulty accordingly to the CPU's whim.
In this game for example, the CPU will alternate between rounds in where it's possible to win (first-second rival difficulty). And rounds where it's just impossible to win no matter what you do (third rival difficulty).
In the case of the later, your rival will start the round with a pre-set winning hand that's seemingly impossible to overturn. And even if you revert to a save state from a previous round, the tiles and the outcome in the next round will not change.
So basically you can only win when the game actually allows you to, and even then you have to be a decent mahjong player. However, when the game wants you to lose, there's really nothing you can do but to suck it up...
These are the shady scumbag characters (and their bijin companions) that you will be facing off agasint in the game.
As it's customary in most mahjong games, you must win 3 rounds to defeat them. There's no rival score this time around.
【 LOWLIFE #1 : KIMONO BIJIN 】
【 LOWLIFE #2 : FOREGEIN BLONDE BOMBSHELL 】
【 LOWLIFE #3 : CHINA DRESS GAL 】
【PLAYER DEFEAT 】
lt's interesting how HOME DATA decided not to completely undress JUNKO, which I personally believe was the right choice. I guess they thought that would have been too disturbing, seeing how she's supposed to be your sister.