BANZAI Japanese game is a high strategy mix of Russian Roulette and LOTTO.
The game is as simple as LOTTO just with symbols of KATAKANA and HIRAGANA! And exciting as Russian Roulette!
The less cards are left the more intense the game get!
Beside joy and excitement as a bonus you will get some extraordinary skills - Japanese language knowledge and vocabulary, you will speak Japanese fluently with no trouble at all!
What are Katakana and HIRAGANA?
Katakana is a japanese alphabet used for foreign words. All words which were borrowed from other languages are written using katakana. Our names will be written in katakana too! Katakana looks this way:
Hiragana is Japanese alphabet used for Japanese words and looks like:
HOW TO PLAY?
Each player gets a game board with katakana or hiragana symbols:
Knowing Japanese alphabets you will read and speak Japanese fluently, watch your favorite movies, doramas and anime in Japanese without any boring subtitles and write your name in Japanese! And to learn them is not necessary at all! You will memorize them easily! If you want to go deeply there are some great materials to help you - books and work sheets to master your skills!
If you are not keen on Japanese, just get fun playing the game and think of the symbols just as if they are funny signs!
Each player also gets a TIP-BOARD where all the symbols (katakana and hiragana) are written with their reading! So you will easily find the one you need!
AND THE GAME BEGINS!
Each player takes a card, looks for the same symbol on the game board, finds it, names it and places it!
Game boards include some same symbols so be quick!
THE TASK IS to fill in all the board or the line according to the game type. There can be 5 or more ways to play BANZAI Japanese game! Players agree what kind of the game they will play!
When the board is filled in the player shouts: "BANZAI!" and he is the winner!
BUT HERE IS SOME CHALLANGE!
The card pack includes cards with katakana or hiragana and action cards.
If you draw a SUMOIST card, he is very hungry and he will crush you and smash you!
You are crushed and the game ends for you!
The same happens to you if you draw one of the following (KILLING) cards:
So it is a bad thing.
BUT! DON'T BE SAD! YOU CAN USE ANTIDOTE CARDS!
Take A CANDY and TREAT the sumoist! Use a pumpkin and appease the DEMON! Give balloons to the Shinigami and she will fly away!
If you draw the antidote card you just keep it untill you need it. If you you draw the KILLING card and do not have the antidote card, but another player has, trade it!
But antidote is useless, if you meet the following characters (FATAL CARDS):
Vampire bites you! You loose a lot of blood and have to stay in the hospital! So you take back all the cards from your board and it's back to the drawing board, then!
The girl from the "RING" will takes you to the well! While you are getting out miss your turn!
YAKUZA! A lovely yakuza is really charming but don't be puzzled! She will make you pay debts! Give 1 of your cards to other players. They choose it themselves.
ARE YOU AFRAID? DON'T! HERE IS A HELPING HAND!
If you meet KITSUNE you will be able to see the future - first three cards from the card pack!
BANZAI-MAN is a rescue ranger! You can place it wherever you need!
A happy ONIGIRI - you are a great cook! You treat other players to lunch and there is a food masterpiece! They are so pleased that give you 1 card from their boards!
If you get GEISHA this means you are so charming that everybody is impressed much and you get 2 extra turns!
ANGEL. FALLEN. You can give other players orders which are obligatory to execute till your next turn! If they disobey they will have to give away 3 cards!
The orders can be:
- Everybody should stand on 1 leg while playing.
- When a player takes card he should shout: BANZAI!
- Everybody should keep silence!
And so on! Just turn on your imagination - you are THE MASTER!
JUST FOR FUN HERE ARE PRANKSTERS!
GREEN PRANKSTER MAKES YOU PLAY "TRUTH OR DARE"!
If you draw a green prankster card, you must choose between Truth and Dare or try random. Truth means a questions about his life, intimate things or other interesting for players question which should be answered without lie. If someone catch player lying the lier gets penalty. Penalty ideas you could see at other page called “Penalties”. Dare means a funny or hard to do task. It may be sport exercise, eating not delicious food or other. Only one thing, dares must be safe and not risky for people with some problems (for example, diabetes). If dare is not valid for some reasons and all other players agree with that, player could try another dare.
PURPLE PRANKSTER gives you a bonus opportunity to attack other players i you draw a killing or fatal card! Just keep this card till you need some help!
And BLUE PRANKSTER turns the game turnclockwise or clockdown!
And be aware with your wishes when you meet a Japanese GOD OF WISHES!
What the huzzard is a secret! We will tell you later!
GAME MONEY FOR BETS
Make the game more exciting making bets! Use special game money!
WAYS OF GAME PLAY
You can just play the game or there can be the game bank. There are three main types of the game play:
1. A simple game play - the one who fills in the board wins. And gets all the money!
2. A short game play - the one who fills in the line wins!
3. Bet play. This time you will need to fill in the line but the result depends on the place of the line:
– if one player fills in the upper line, others double their bets;
– if a player fills in one of the middle lines, he gets half of the game bank;
– if a player fills in the lower line, he is the absolute winner and gets all the money!
In a bet game mode there can be made some additional conditions. For example if bets are not equal the one who made a bigger bet gets better conditions. A player can double his bet and get 2 or more cards at one time.
THE GAME WITH A DEALER AND WITHOUT
At the beginning of the game a dealer can be chosen. He can get or not get the cards so he can participate or not. It is up to players to decide. If he is just a dealer, he controls the game, draws cards and shows to the players.
Without - players draw cards one by one.
1 turn - 1 card.