The seemingly lost games based on Gambling Apocalypse: Kaiji

Vidyasaur
3 min readJun 5, 2021

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The most notable games based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s manga are Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji, Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Death or Survival, and Kaiji: Steel Beam Crossing of Despair. On the other hand, there’s more Kaiji games that seem to be lost to time. Around 2003 to 2004, Taito released multiple games based on Kaiji for mobile phones. Each game adapted a gamble from the manga and could be played in two modes. The story mode had events and dialogue similar to the ones in the manga. Ranking mode allowed you to play for points and reach a high score. There aren’t many screenshots for these games and I couldn’t find any gameplay footage.

Limited Rock Paper Scissors

This game changes the classic hand game by having a limited amount of cards represent the three gestures. The winner of the duel gets the other player’s star. This gamble is in Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji and Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Death or Survival, but this game adds something unique to it. Just before the game, you declare what card you’re going to play. However, you can fool your opponent by playing a different card. The chances of a card being a fake seems to be expressed by a percentage.

Human Derby/Steel Frame Crossing

In this gamble players must balance on a steel beam and reach the finish line. How it is played is unknown. My guess is that you would keep your balance by pressing left and right in an alternating fashion.

E-Card, Chinchiro, and Pachinko.

Three other games were scheduled to be released but I cannot find any screenshots, footage, or information about them. E-card is a game where one player has four Citizen cards and an Emperor card. The other player has four Citizen cards and one Slave card. A Slave card beats an Emperor card but loses to a slave card. Chinchiro is a variation of Chinchirorin. The last game would’ve probably been based on the pachinko machine in the manga.

Minefield Mahjong/ 17 Steps

This mobile Kaiji game is the most interesting because of the gamble it adapts. Minefield Mahjong is a variation of Japanese Mahjong where players attempt to make hands from 34 random tiles. To my knowledge, this is the only video game that adapts this gamble from the manga.

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