Japan is known for some really wacky things, including its video game industry. Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! is one such example, and one which I finally managed to experience myself last weekend after hearing about it for so many years.
Let me get this right out of the gate: yes, I’m aware that this is a very old game. What’s important is that I didn’t have to travel all the way to Japan to play the game. I was recently told of its existence at Cross Fire arcade in 1 Utama through social media a few months ago, and because I live on the other side of the city, I don’t usually find myself there – until last weekend.
Made by Taito, Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! is a very simple game. In fact, its title which translates to Super Table-Flip! as well as its physical design pretty much explains what the game is all about. All you need to do in the game is inflict as much damage as possible to the scenarios in the game by pounding on the table to drop objects before flipping it – all within 60 seconds.
The version that I played at Cross Fire arcade in 1 Utama is actually the second version of the game and was released in Japan in October 2010. It requires three tokens which equates to RM 1.50, and for those who haven’t seen it in real life, this is how the machine in 1 Utama looks like:
Damn, the #fliptable game is so good, wish it has English translation.
Also wish more flip per round. RM 1.50 per flip weh. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Tep5iw5Z6t
— Syefri Zulkefli 🇲🇾 (@chapree) August 6, 2017
Because I didn’t understand the on-screen instructions (since the game is in Japanese), I wasn’t quite sure what to do – hence the slightly confused actions. I would learn later that there is only one round per play in the game which is quite short, to be frank.
Nevertheless, it still feels so satisfying to finally flip the table away as hard as I could. I must admit I did it with a bit of rage…I just can’t help it. So, the legend was true: Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! is indeed a great stress reliever.
Meanwhile, I also found out later that the original version of Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! has been translated to English and is called Anger Explosion which is definitely a much subtler name when compared to the game’s original Japanese title. According to a number of YouTube videos from as early as 2011, this particular version can be found at Genting Highlands – although I cannot confirm if it is still there today.
Hence, do leave your comments if you have seen Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! in other parts of Malaysia. I am pretty sure many out there would like to check out this game despite it being almost seven years old.