Boong-Ga Boong-Ga ( 開ウン！ケダモノ占い) is an unusual South Korean arcade game that also goes by the name of Spank ’em. And it just so happens to look “disturbing”, you could say.
Primarily because there’s a backside hanging out of the arcade unit.
As weird as that may look, it’s actually an attempt to simulate the popular prank kanchō (カンチョー). Or “goosing”, if you please. Yeah? Okay, let’s took a look at this bizarre thing.
Boong-Ga Boong-Ga and the World of Kanchō Pranks
The history of this warped concept is pretty fraught with issues.
Not least as a marketing flier from 2001 consisted of broken English in gaming. And its depiction of what the game entails didn’t translate well to western markets. The marketing flier read:
“This is a fun game of spanking the people who make your life miserable. When you spank the character that you choose to punish, the face expression of the character will change as they scream and twitch in pain. The funny face expressions will make people laugh and relieve the stress.”
Players are provided with a plastic finger with the arcade unit, which they use to jab at the backside hanging out of the thing.
Naturally, many thought it was a devious game promoting perversions.
That’s sort of true. Boong-Ga Boong-Ga (intended for Japanese markets) is supposed to simulate kanchō, a popular prank in East Asia where a victim’s butt is poked by two fingers. It’s a popular prank amongst kids.
In Korea it’s called ddongchim (똥침) and in China it’s qiānnián shā (千年殺). In the western world, the term “goosing” is comparative.
In Japan, people performing the prank will exclaim “kan-CHO!” to go with the action (in the UK, we had a similar thing decades back called happy slapping, triggered off by a TV advert. That was eventually banned due to the obvious fact it’s physical harassment).
So, yeah, it’s all very stupid and that. But just one of those daft games kids play to keep themselves amused.
The problem here is Boong-Ga Boong-Ga doesn’t replicate the sense of innocent childish fun very well. In fact, the point of the game is to greatly alarm one of the individuals you decide to kanchō. That includes an:
- Mother in law.
- Con artist.
And here’s where it does get disturbing, as two of the individuals you can goose include a sex offender and a prostitute…
Incidentally, players who do well at the game get a reward. The unit would dispense a small plastic trophy of some excrement.
Yeah, this game wasn’t really intended for kids.
Its South Korean developer, Taff System, also possibly misjudged how it’d be perceived in different markets outside of Asia.
Its bizarre nature is perhaps what led to its highly limited distribution. Only five units ran in Japan out of an intended 200. And the game has now become a notorious thing to gawp at, as opposed to be a bit of gaming fun like Super Table Flipping.
Don’t expect Boong-Ga Boong-Ga to get an HD remake.