Pajatso is a Flash interpretation of a traditional Finnish gambling game that dates back to the early 1900s. The object is to flick a coin into one of the winning slots. If you succeed, the machine drops a few coins from the columns below. If you miss the coin rolls and adds itself to the stack. It's a fun and simple game perfect for frittering away a few minutes of your time.
This incarnation of pajatso is just about as bare-bones as you can get. To throw a coin, hold the [left arrow] key and release. The longer you hold it, the farther the coin goes. That's it for the gameplay! There's no music (other than title music and a victory fanfare), and the only sound effects are from coins dropping into the tray below. While the game does keep track of coins you throw and money you earn, there's no over-reaching goal, just mindless coin-flicking entertainment.
UPDATE: Pajatso now has a mellow ambient music playing in the background while you feed the machine your tokens.
The game is simple, but there's one little catch that can frighten players away: the entire game is in Finnish. Don't worry, though, as the only time you'll need language is when you click on menu items. Here's a quick rundown of the game's modes so you know what you're getting yourself into.
Harjoittelu - Practice: Play as much as you want. You can see your turnout ratio in percent in the upper right corner.
Rahapeli - Moneygame: You start with 5.00 mk and keep playing as long as you have coins left. Winnings go straight into the playing pot.
Turnauspeli - Tournament game: Start with 40 tokens and try to win as much as you can. When your 40 coins are gone, the game is over.
And in the game interface there is a button uusi peli for a "New Game".
A simple little time waster that's well-made and strangely fun.
Cheers to Vike91 for recommending this in our IRC channel (UPDATE: and for alerting us to the new version!) and Thomas for reminding us!