Crane Game Secrets Revealed: Japan’s UFO Catcher Academy ★ ONLY in JAPAN

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Crane Game Secrets Revealed: Japan’s UFO Catcher Academy ★ ONLY in JAPAN

So here we are at Sekaiichi no Game Center, Everyday Here in beautiful Saitama Joining me for this report is Bob Werley Comedian for Pirates of Tokyo Bay and Director/Producer for MY LIFE JAPAN, Alan Welch So why are we here? Well, we’re here to play some crane game. Yeah and we’re also going to be Ins and outs, and nuts and bolts of crane game. We’re going to give tips and pointers on how to play better, and how to win more. and finally we’re gonna get a certificate saying that we’re the crane game master A diploma! This is a crane game school! and it’s also known for something else, Alan? The Guinness Book of World Records That’s right, this place is in the Guinness book of World Records for… Having the most crane games in the world! Got to be awesome. We should check it out. In Japan, game centers like this are still live and well. This may be retro to the game console generation, but really, look at this place! You can actually win this stuff. if you have the skill. Games in all shapes and sizes. Glass boxes filled with stuff. Toys and other goodies. It’s all waiting to be owned, by you. The crane game is also called, UFO CATCHER or the CLAW GAME This crane has a mechanism called the PINCHER Two ends that pinch what you are after. It seems easy. Just grab that hook. Sometimes it takes a few tries. Yes, there really is a strategy to these crane games. and we’ve come here to master it if that is even possible. But first, a message from the manager. The technique for winning this machine is obvious. Get the pile of stuff to fall. Like Niagara falls. The instructor shows us how it’s done. The pincher attacks the whole pile. It closes and pulls the item up Starting an avalanche. Watch again. You know what to do. Often you have to do this 2 or 3 times to set up the big fall. Remember, don’t alway look for that easy win. even though the instructor makes it look like a piece of cake. The triangle method. The triangle method works well with long objects. You want to pick it up in the front third, not the middle. This locks the item in place, between the pincher, and pincher upper base. It may take a couple of tries to get the object into position. The key is to get it perpendicular . Lying it up perfectly so it won’t slip out. Well, you can see what the instructor is doing. It’s just that simple. The overturned table, named after the angry man at home or in your company meetings who topples off the table over in anger or frustration. That’s right. All your frustration over the years may help you win big in the crane game. In a way, the idea is similar to the triangle method. You need to get the item in position. to flip it! Grab it from the rear. and it will be easier to steer. The instructor overturns the bear in one try. Now it’s our turn. We’ve been released for trial and error with 30 tickets. It’s part of the course. Bob’s been thrown into the crane game world. This time armed with more crane game knowledge than usual. He accepts the challenge. and will use this method. The hole hook. Here is an example of a hole hook win from the instructor. The pincher claws enters one of the holes. The box leans in, and the prize is yours. just don’t topple the box over. It’s worth a 2nd attempt, with one more box standing. He really wants that “ONEPIECE” action figure. Close, but oh…so far. Sorry Bob Here is Allan going for it. He’s found a popular Hello Kitty stuffed bear machine. One may say he’s pretty sure of himself. It might be from all that studying today. See, these item have a string loop, requiring the pincher to thread the needle It requires a surgeon like precision. Attempt 5 Boom! Success Sort of… Sometimes it’s not your day. I found a treasure heap requiring the Niagra Fall method. 1st attempt Instant ego boost. Did you see that? I can get them with one more… Careful… Careful.. Avalanche! The prize is mine. After an hour of few successes and many failures We Graduated Level 1 of 3 Allan Bob and myself. We’re grads! That’s great! We’re kind of like the experts of the crane game now! We’re masters Hold on, where’s Bob? There he is! Hey guys! I did it! I went back. I didn’t give up. I got it! I got the hook! I totally earned the certificate. We all have. Yes we have. This is awesome That’s right! If you come to Japan You got a try The crane game! It’s awesome So cool Let’s get some more stuff! Honestly, there is a strategy to this. Some say it’s part of the Japan’s culture to find the littlest flaws in something and try to perfect them. It requires constant practice to perfect any skill Attention to details Crane games are no exception Practice makes perfect and on this day, we are level 1 masters That means something in this building full of UFO catcher games Maybe even outside of it Game centers may be able to take our money but they will never be able to take our insider knowledge our winnings and our freedom


Mattaku Bodimasen · July 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

The shiba inu ones are sooo cute

Forest Gutiérrez · July 6, 2018 at 12:28 am


Sour Puss · July 6, 2018 at 10:31 am

There are so many recent comments on a 2015 video?!

duck trapper · July 10, 2018 at 1:39 am

Man this is way different than USA because most claw machines are rigged even tho u had it right there

Lil Witch Schierke · July 11, 2018 at 7:08 pm

That guy in red…. Theon Greyjoy much?

Edel GAMING&VLOGS · July 28, 2018 at 6:43 am

I live in japan now

Dustin Z. · July 31, 2018 at 11:38 pm

Finally a crane game video with ACTUAL tips and methods! Thank you!

john cameron · August 9, 2018 at 7:45 am

What prizes did you all win?

semsticks JJ · August 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Hella love the channel, every VIEDO reminds me of time I spent in Japan..Awesomeness…

kachi japan · August 15, 2018 at 2:27 pm


thornmallow1 · August 21, 2018 at 3:18 am

Thank you Guys for posing this! I won so many prizes because of you! Thank you!

Anthony Wilson · August 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Love your shows and content I feel like I have visited all these wonderful sites with you and not to mention all that I have learned….Bravo my friend Bravo….!!!!!

AshieAnimations · August 24, 2018 at 6:56 pm

i actually got a huge rilakuma by the turn table method XD

ClawBoss · August 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

This is AMAZING!!! I love Crane Games!!!

Priscilia Gunawan · September 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm

It's not bear, it's shiba inu 🙁

Random Person With Internet · September 19, 2018 at 6:33 am

I didnt wanna seem rude or anything, but i feel like the manager might be an alien

KEVIN · September 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Black guy is over confident. Idiot

batman portigo · September 27, 2018 at 8:36 pm

I'LL do that the next time I'll go to Japan…(^^)

Mahalo Palo · September 30, 2018 at 8:06 am

Very good

spacebug30 · October 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Seems like the Japanese UFO catcher are a lot more about strategy, whereas Western claw games are often just pure luck (like they set a certain interval of when the claw actually grabs strong).

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ Jenn ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ · October 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm

In the 90's my Uncle owned 50 claw games. He would buy broken ones and fix them. It was my first job to fill the machines and
set up prizes. I loved taking the apart, refurbishing them and then bringing them back to like new

kwnyupstate · October 7, 2018 at 7:53 pm

"Grab it from the rear and it will be easier to steer". MY MAN GOOD ADVICE.

Dan Carlin · October 9, 2018 at 10:53 pm

In the US 90% of prize machine operators tend to go to incredible lengths to make sure no one ever wins anything.

Nona Dimagiba · October 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm



The Fox The Raven · October 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Too bad you can't employ any of these methods on the Toreba App. Such a scam.

Warren Johnson · October 28, 2018 at 12:58 am

2 minutes 13 seconds before we actually get to see the strategies.

MoonSt0n3 · November 7, 2018 at 2:43 am

Going into a Japanese arcade is one of my biggest dreams

Heir of Sugar · November 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm

and it says in your resume that you graduated at the age of 14? impressive
yes, i had a master degree in crane games

l Polaris l · November 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Why does this looks like an enormous advert ? :/

Karn. jp · November 19, 2018 at 2:58 pm


Zeugirdor · November 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm

I would just like to point out that even If you're black, you can't pull off a fedora. Wack.

首絞めハム太郎 · December 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

6:22 こういう場合、店員に言えば鍵で開けて取って貰えます

Sofa King · December 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm

"Grab it from the rear itll be easier to steer" words to live by

lynbabysusu · December 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

With the 30 tickets do you get to keep what you win? Or the 30 tickets wins are to be returned? If so how did Bob keep his One Piece figure?

Shardhana Morgan · December 23, 2018 at 4:19 am


yubisashi · December 24, 2018 at 8:26 am


Jl Eso · December 26, 2018 at 12:38 pm

all of these techniques
I saw them In anime

Michael Ovrutsky · January 1, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Adult males in Japan become little children.

alfredo canchola · January 5, 2019 at 5:42 am

Aim for nesos and figurines 😤👏

metromelody18 · January 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

toreba makes it harder so… doing these methods doesn't always work

КАК ДЕЛАТЬ ОТ 4500 РУБ В СУТКИ? СМОТРИ НА КАНАЛЕ · January 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Покажу каk зара6атывать от 200 дол. ежедневно. Информация на канале.

BS · January 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

I cried

Madison D. · January 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm

going to be living in japan for 3yrs so this is really helpful lol

thornmallow1 · January 25, 2019 at 4:46 pm

This is an EXTREMELY good instructional video for ANYONE who wants to master the Crane. Nice going guys!

Miss Nina 's · January 28, 2019 at 3:43 am

I REALLY WISH WE HAD THIS ! it would be fun to do together instead of gaming at the xbox and ps4 XD

DrownedInGames · January 30, 2019 at 9:42 am

I feel like I'm watching one of those corny learning videos with bad acting played in schools to teach you something

FENRIR-ART · February 1, 2019 at 11:04 pm

Spongebob: Be the crane!

pickledjho · February 2, 2019 at 11:57 pm

to the guy with the alien costume i respect you for your efforts

toast week · February 8, 2019 at 10:05 am

This is great silly fun.

Teri Laps · February 10, 2019 at 4:32 am

That was 2015 it’s now 2019. Have you been back?

Elysium · February 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm

thing is, ufo catchers is purely skill based, but makes so much money, because it's so hard
it's not a slot machine, it's a real time physics based strategy game.

Joce E.T. · February 21, 2019 at 5:54 am

2:00 those bird plushes… I need one. Can someone please tell me what they're called? I've been searching for a hot minute but I can't find them.

Salvador Carias · February 24, 2019 at 11:13 pm

It would have been amazing if you had to get your diploma from a crane game!!!

Ramiro Uribe · February 25, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Japan makes the cool and best game I like it 🙂

Sean Bryant · March 2, 2019 at 10:26 am

It's awesome going to play claw game with bunch of your buddy! Sharing techniques each other and enjoying the fun from your harvest are main reason to spend time there! Cool!

J Yale · March 3, 2019 at 2:24 am

Give all the methods a try! Wish me luck! 🙂

MagicalKiki 123 · March 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm

the music at 7:06 is Haulleujah by George Friderck Handel from the Messiah

Emiru Kun · March 9, 2019 at 2:48 am

japanese claw machine are the best for others. It mostly ripped off no matter what technique u used

AK Galaxy · March 9, 2019 at 8:50 pm

I thought I was done with higher education but looks like I'm getting a Crane Game certification sometime in the not to distant future…

ChicHENTAI TV · March 10, 2019 at 12:26 pm

In phillippines the claw can't grab anything even candies

Jani Akujärvi · March 16, 2019 at 7:07 am

A John Daub a day keeps the boredom away! 🙂

cooper the Shiba inu · March 19, 2019 at 10:50 am

4:32 hmmm quite sure thats its a dog :]

David Foster · March 21, 2019 at 12:32 am

This video is more rigged than the games themselves.. what about the different balls or stones at the bottom of the prizes that displace the claw? Looks like the owner set up the ideal scenario to make it look easy..

dianateabag · March 24, 2019 at 1:36 am

This video feels so rigged. There are never places where you can do the Niagara Falls technique

Bubbie86 · March 26, 2019 at 10:35 pm

I did the Sega UFO Catcher here in the US. It is very difficult, but still the best crane game around. They have one of 'em at some movie theaters and Dave & Buster's too! 😀 I actually got the prize(stuffed animals)in a one try!

WingedWillow · March 26, 2019 at 11:20 pm

0:33 that’s not a bear it’s a shiba Inu a type of dog 😂

26jiminyjimdandy · April 8, 2019 at 3:39 pm

check out my toreba wins!!

GyrlBlaque · April 12, 2019 at 10:33 pm

How many machines did they have

Jon · April 17, 2019 at 3:35 am

yeah, i got my name for these machines also: 1 armed bandits. the rubberized bars the item is put on are pure evil. better off ewith the 1 arm push types.

AshenOne · April 28, 2019 at 7:04 am

How to win this game, just buy it from the store for secure win LOLLLLLL

Mar Time · May 3, 2019 at 11:48 am

Heh, Saitama.

Samuraiwarm · May 3, 2019 at 4:58 pm

6:10 in most places if your prize is stuck by the crane, you can ask the owner to unlock and it off for you.

James Smith · May 6, 2019 at 6:45 am

John is one of the BEST content creators on YouTube! 👍👏👏👏

TheStompy1988 · May 9, 2019 at 1:21 am

I want Kumamon please grab it for me

Prince Fluffy · May 10, 2019 at 8:22 am

I was told the claws will only grip after a certain number of tries, like every 20 …

David Chu · May 11, 2019 at 3:10 am

I heyt allan

Thomas Davis · May 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Came here to pinch clips for a cringe compilation 00:50

Night-X · May 16, 2019 at 1:57 pm

More better then the Toreba machines which I haven't even won once.

Ryan Leatigaga · May 20, 2019 at 9:44 pm

The title sounds like a weird Netflix Original movie

Dr. deng gerous · May 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm


Catana the dullest · May 27, 2019 at 5:11 pm

The cat isn’t from hello kitty it’s from yo Kai watch and it’s called Rudy

KD4 Ahri · May 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm

he sounds like a older mexican jake paul

Two.on.You · June 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm

so nice!

Rosie-chan · July 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

The crane games are payed actors
That's why it looks easy

Tee Khing Hua · July 14, 2019 at 11:18 am

4:30 Is there literally piles of WAIFU pillows!?!?!?

Kumi12341 · July 16, 2019 at 9:52 am

What makes me mad is I’m awesome at this in Toreba, but terrible at it in rl at Round 1.

Elder Lich · July 27, 2019 at 4:49 pm

I can see Umaru clearing out the place

Jeraldy DP · July 30, 2019 at 4:49 pm

I see apparently shiba inus are now bears too i have learned much

Minti Eclipse · August 8, 2019 at 9:20 pm

I see Umaru around the place

Bald Eagle · August 9, 2019 at 10:42 pm

UFO 1947!

Angimons · August 15, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Why am i watching this? I'm not even going to japan any time soon

Is still a good video

Nothing · August 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm

My only experience with these was playing the mini games in Kirby's Adventure on the NES. The one minigame was a grane game with a UFO style arm. Just like you'd see in Japan.

Erika Stone · August 26, 2019 at 9:43 am

Do all the customers who go there get help winning the prizes by the staff?

Harvest Moon · September 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm

This guy sounds off a character from Pokémon.

Thomaskh7 · September 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm

Nah this is lowkey bull, I'm in Japan rn and the thing is the claw has legitimately no pressure when closing to the point where it will grab something then when it pulls up will just let it slip straight through if it has any weight to it at all, to the point where even flipping it is impossible

Nugget · September 5, 2019 at 1:17 am

Mean while in America the craw machine barely works

LPDani123 · September 10, 2019 at 1:59 am

this video is rigged

StarEyes Crybaby · September 20, 2019 at 3:05 am

6:18 damn you jinbanyan! Just get off the hook! 😂😂😂😂

Trevor Random · September 27, 2019 at 10:29 am

Some top tips for next time I'm in Japan ☺ ♥ 🇯🇵

R3MB3STGRL · September 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm


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