When it comes to game shows, you might think America has the formula down. Heck, they even started a whole Game Show Network! Take these 12 Japanese game shows, for example. This is a real game show that utilized the Japanese art form known as s okkuri , or sweets sculpting, for its premise…. Candy or Not Candy. Sometimes, the contestants would luck out and the object they bit into was actually delicious chocolate. Other times, it might just be a shoe. Every time, it was entertaining.
Contests simply had to solve puzzles, answer questions, or complete a mental challenge. There was a catch, of course. Contestants on DERO! Instead, they had to complete these challenging mental tasks while facing extremely stressful situations—like balancing on narrow planks as the floor retracted into the wall!
The Bum Game : This game show managed to combine all things inappropriate, degrading, and hilarious into an easy-to-consume cocktail. It started with a few women placing their rear ends through an open port in a large wall.
And on the other side of that wall? The Bum Game. Obviously, a couple of lucky—is lucky the right word? But by now, you should know that these seven questions came with a catch: you had to answer them before you were mummified!
Yup, as contestants answered questions, they dealt with the constant distraction of being wrapped in white cloth from head to toe. So… yay? Human Tetris : Just about every person on the planet has played the game Tetris. Blocks fell from the sky, and you had to stack them neatly as they fell. In Japan, they have a show sort of like that. Sort of…. In Human Tetris , instead of blocks falling, contestants have to contort their bodies to fit through the gaps in oncoming walls. Failure to twist into the right shape resulted in a dunk in a pool of dirty water.
Unfortunately, the trips came with a pretty big catch. A beary big catch, if you will. When contestants reached their destination, the game show presented them with an appropriately horrific challenge.
In this case, the contestant was given the opportunity to explore wildlife… by being placed in a plexiglass cube and exposed to a grizzly bear. In it, teams competed in a dodgeball match. If you were hit with a ball, however, then things got ugly…. If you were hit, a famous Japanese comedy duo would choose your punishment, which became more and more gross as the game progressed. Unnamed Sleeping Game: This one might just be the weirdest of all. What fun. Soapy Stairs Game: Of all these games, this one probably packed the most painful punch.
It was extremely simple: contestants just had to run up some stairs… but, of course, it was much easier said than done. The stairs would be covered in grease, and when contestants inevitably slipped and fell, they would batter all their limbs on the stony steps and slide into a pool of water.
Soapy Stairs. Strip the Girl : Meet the Japanese game show so salacious that clips of it no longer appear on YouTube. Strip the Girl. In this game, contestants endured a series of degrading tasks that usually involved throwing beanbags at numbered tiles covering the naked model.
Spread Your Legs. Instead, after one woman spun the colorful wheel, another female contestant endured a device that spread her legs further and further apart the distance spread corresponded with the number spun. Sounds pretty painful. Spread You Legs.
Human Bowling. What made the game awesome—besides, uh, everything —was that the people were in inner tubes and cruised down a nice incline. If you were a fan of people flinging themselves into things and sometimes getting hurt, this was the show for you! We are a media startup founded with the goal of fighting boredom worldwide by engaging our readers with incredibly sharable content.
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