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ORIGIN: UK Pocketeer, no.31373

VARIANTS: Clam's Casino.

GAMEPLAY: One of the simplest of all the Pocketeers. You pull the lever to fire the ball round the spiral, then a button on the left-hand side causes the monster's mouth to flip open for a split-second, just wide enough to swallow the ball. It's actually very difficult to pull off, unless you cheat by holding the button about three-quarters of the way in, in which case the mouth stays open. If you can resist that temptation, it's one of the most challenging and addictive games in the series.


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VARIANT: Clam's Casino

ORIGIN: US Tomy Pocket Game

DIFFERENCES: Name, theme, colour and graphics. The "plot" would seem to concern a bizarre casino run by crustacean sea creatures. Presumably the balls are supposed to represent pearls which the player is gambling with the clams. Shame about the horrible colour scheme, though.