In South Korea, it’s common to see a wide variety of claw games outside stores. Over the years, I have inserted several bills into them in an attempt to win “fabulous” prizes. Most often I come up short. Sure, there are a few times when I walk away feeling like a big winner, that’s rarely the case.
Around our apartment, claw games were replaced by pokey games. They were the rage for about a year, but they too have now been replaced. With what you ask? Shooting games.
The idea behind the shooting game is brilliant. Take a prize and place it in plain view. It rests on a shelf held up by a lever affixed with a large or small target. The player then has to use an airsoft gun to push the target back far enough so the shelf drops, releasing the prize. The shooting games near us have a laser pointer on them to help you aim as well.
I actually found the game a lot of fun, even though I didn’t win. Unlike claw games, there really is no gimmick to it. You just really need to line up the gun and shoot enough times to push the target back. This does mean to win, you’ll need to put in more than W5,000 to get anything though. Unless someone runs out of money with the target a single hit away, there’s just no real way to win a prize.
Overall, this experience was worth it and I probably will stick more money into it in the future.