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                       Shenmue - Slot Machine FAQ
                               by Tsunaike

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                               INFORMATION:

Author:        Tsunaike
E-Mail:        tsunaike_freeman@hotmail.com
Web:           http://www.geocities.co.jp/Technopolis-Mars/6542/
Version:       1.0
Date Started:  August 2nd, 2001
Last Update:   August 14th, 2001
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                       (c) Copyright 2001 Tsunaike

This FAQ cannot be distributed in books, magazines, etc. or in any other
form of printed or electronic media in any way. It may not be given away
as some sort of prize or bonus with a purchase, and it may not be used
for promotional or profitable purposes. Any characters, names, or other
objects are copyright their respective companies. This document and its
author are in no way affiliated with any company involved with this game.

If you wish to use this guide on your site, you may post it without my
permission AS LONG AS this document is NOT changed in any way, shape, or
form. The latest version of this guide can always be found at GameFAQs
(www.gamefaqs.com) or Video Game Strategies
(http://vgstrategies.about.com).

 
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 1.                              CONTENTS
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  1.  CONTENTS
  2.  INTRODUCTION
  3.  THE GUIDE
  4.  FAQ
  5.  CREDITS
  6.  AUTHOR'S NOTE
  7.  COPYRIGHT INFORMATION



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 2.                            INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to the Shenmue slot machine FAQ. In this document you will find
out all about the slot machines from Shenmue. Where they are, what you
have to do and how to master them. This guide will make collecting all
the mini toys much easier. Now, on with the FAQ.



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 3.                              THE GUIDE
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You can play on the slot machines at the slot house near the Heartbeats
Bar and to the right of "Snack Linda" in Dobuita. It opens at 10:00 AM
and closes at 12:00 AM. Once in their, you will see quite a number of
slot machines, 16 in fact.

1-6: 1 coin bet machine

7-10: 5 coin bet machine

11-14: 10 coin bet machine

15-16: 20 coin bet machine

You can tell what number a machine is by looking under the controls of
the slot machine, you can't miss it! The only reason for the numbers on
each machine is to do with the Lapis Fortune Teller. If you go to her and
select the right option out of the three there, she will tell you your
lucky number. Play on the slot machine which has the number she gave to
you. The machine she chooses will definitely give out three sevens of the
same colour in a row, some time. So just keep playing until it does,
trust me, it will some time. When you get three sevens you will win a
prize depending on what machine you are on. I'll tell you more about that
later.

When you go to a machine for the first time, you will have to deposit 
some of your yen. I recommend doing 1000 yen (maximum). Then the main
slot machine screen will come up...

 _____________________
|     |_________|     |  __
| 4th |\       /|     | |  |
|     | \     / |     | |__| - LEVER
| 2nd |--\---/--|     | |  |
|     |   \ /   |     | |  |
| 1st |----/----|     | |  |
|     |   / \   |     | |  |
| 3rd |--/---\--|     | |  |
|     | /     \ |     | |  |
| 5th |/_______\|     | |  |
|_____|_________|_____| |  |
|                     |_|  |
|PAY OUT| |BET| |START|    |
|_____________________|____|


PAY OUT - All the SEGA credits in the credit LED screen will pay out into
the cash collector thing for you to pick up. This option is useless and
just to make the game more realistic, if you just press B to get out of
the slot machine screen it will pay out automatically. You don't even see
it pay out either, it just goes straight into Ryo's SEGA credit
collection.

BET - This bets an amount of money, which depends on what machine you are
on (1 coin machine, it bets 1 coin each time). It takes money from your
main credit value which is shown in the credit LED screen on the slot
machine. You can bet 5 times, each time you do it enables a line. 1st,
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th are the lines, if you only bet one line (1st) then
you will only be paid if you get something on that line. If, for example,
you get three sevens on the 1st line you will be paid out the money due.
But, if the sevens are on another line then you won't get anything if you
didn't bet on it. So, to increase your chances of hitting the jackpot you
should bet on all 5 lines. But you should start off only doing this on
the lower coin machines, if you start betting on all 5 lines on the 20
coin machine with only 1000 credits your money will be gone fast. When
you have a lot of a credits, around 8000 then you should starting betting
more lines on the higher machines.

START - Simple, once you made your bets then select this option to start
the machine! 

LEVER - Again, another option to make the game more realistic. If for
some reason you don't feel like pressing "start" then move Ryo's hand to
the right of that option to come to the lever. He will pull it in true
casino fashion. Great.

So that's how you play the slot machine, you will soon be addicted! Now
an explanation of the SEGA credits.

In this slot house you don't gamble for money, but for SEGA credits. At
first you do put some real money into the machine, it turns it into SEGA
credits. The idea is to build up these credits. If your credits go back
to zero, then you will have to put some more real money in.

But what do you do with these SEGA credits? Not much, you only use them
to bet. However, you will win a prize if you get 10,000 or more credits
then another prize when you get 50,000 or more credits.


+----------------------------------------------+
|    NAME OF PRIZE    |AMOUNT OF CREDITS NEEDED|
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Matsuyama Certificate|         10,000         |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Mitsuka Certificate  |         50,000         |
+----------------------------------------------+


The main good thing about the slot machines is that you can win a prize
if you get three sevens in a row of the same colour. The prize you win 
is different depending on what type of coin machine your playing on.

 
+----------------------------------------------+
|    NAME OF PRIZE    |  TYPE OF COIN MACHINE  |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Cherries             |         1 Coin         |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Mini Billiards       |         5 Coin         |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Mini Slot Machine    |         10 Coin        |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Mini Jukebox         |         20 Coin        |
+----------------------------------------------+


Stupid collectable items you say? No way, these special collectable items
can be traded online, on the Shenmue Passport disc. At the section
"Everyone's Space" which is the bottom right option (it's also to the
right of "Shenmue.com" option, just to be sure you can find it). Sadly,
they are not traded with other online players but with a computer. The
items listed above are traded for more collectable items! It may be
worthless at the moment, but apparently we will be able to upload our
Shenmue saves on Shenmue II so we can keep all the stuff we collected! So
make sure you get them all. Here is the list of items you can trade for
online...


Cherries:

+----------------------------------------------+
|   NAME OF FIGURE    | DESCRIPTION OF FIGURE  |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Big Philip           |A big dolphin.          |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Big Robin            |A big whale.            |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Chip                 |A pigeon, has grey head.|
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Little Philip        |A small dolphin.        |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Little Robin         |A small whale.          |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Pip                  |A pigeon, has black head|
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Pop                  |A white pigeon.         |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Rap                  |A black pigeon.         |
+----------------------------------------------+


Mini Billiards:

+----------------------------------------------+
|   NAME OF FIGURE    | DESCRIPTION OF FIGURE  |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Pochi                |A brown cat.            |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Philips              |Big Philip and Lil' Phil|
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Pyonta               |A white rabbit.         |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Kelly                |A brown dog? Or cat?    |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|John                 |A white cat.            |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Robins               |Big Robin and Lil' Robin|
+----------------------------------------------+


Mini Slot Machine: 

+----------------------------------------------+
|   NAME OF FIGURE    | DESCRIPTION OF FIGURE  |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Black Kitten (Kuro)  |A black kitten.         |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Tiger Kitten (Tora)  |A white-grey kitten.    |
+----------------------------------------------+


Mini Juke Box:     

+----------------------------------------------+
|   NAME OF FIGURE    | DESCRIPTION OF FIGURE  |
|---------------------|------------------------|
|Mary                 |A white goat.           |
+----------------------------------------------+


Are you having any difficulty getting three sevens on the slot machines?
Then read on.

Here is a routine that I used to get all the figures listed above.


8:30AM: Woke up after a long night of Space Harrier...my head hurts...
        Save your game. Make your way to the dojo and fight Fuka-San
        (if you can), as nothing much opens until 10AM.

9:00AM: Make your way to Dobuita, check the Tomato Mart for any new 
        tapes if you still need some. Run around a bit, kill some time
        until 10AM.

10:00AM: Run into the Lapis Fortune Teller place straight away! After 
         selecting yes to have your fortune told (left option) some 
         more options will come up. Select the one on the right, make
         sure you have subtitles on if you can't read Japanese. As you
         will need to read the number she gives out (luckily Japanese
         don't use Kanji for numbers any more). Remember the number she
         gives you and run to the slot machines!

10:20AM: Go to the machine with the number she gave you on. Start
         betting! If it is a 1, 5, 10 coin machine I recommend maybe
         doing all five lines. If it is a 20 coin machine, maybe only
         do three a time. It really depends on how much money you have.

10:20AM Onwards...: Just keep on betting until you get three sevens of
         the same colour. When you do, the alarm thing on top of the
         machine will go off and the man who owns the place will come
         up and reward you with your prize. One important rule, have
         patience! You could get three sevens at 12PM, or it might not
         come until 6PM. But it will come some time! If you screw
         something up (lose all your money) reset and load up your
         game that you should of saved in the morning.

Time after hitting Jackpot: Go back to your house and save your game.
        If it is still quite early, I recommend going back to the slot
        house just to get some credits for tomorrow's session. If it
        is quite late, then go practise Space Harrier or Hang On on the
        SEGA Saturn in Ryo's house. I did this, because I needed to 
        get the certificates for winning those games.

11:30PM: Go to bed and repeat the sequence again!


I have noticed some times that the Lapis Fortune Teller does not give you
a lucky number. I think it might be like the clue system, you can't use
it that much very often which is a pain. There's not much you can do to
get around this. If Lapis didn't give me a reading then I would make sure
I had saved my game in the morning, then just pick a random machine and
play until it gives me three sevens in a row (if it ever does that is).
If it doesn't and I haven't gained any credits I just reset and load up
my save I did in the morning, then choose a different machine. If your
serious about getting all the figures and 50,000 credits then I suggest
you do this as well. Remember, you only have until April 15th! That's
when the bad ending kicks in. I started to do the slot machines around
the 10th of February, and I did it with loads of time left.

If you want to collect all the collectables from the Slot machines game,
then you must get three lucky sevens 21 times! Or if your just collecting
the figures online and not the cherries and mini things, then you have to
do it 17 times. And you usually get one item a day, so you don't have
that much time if you think about it. Just make sure you get a item every
day and you will be fine.



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 4.                                FAQ  
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(1) Q. Why did you write an FAQ on the slot machines?

    A. When I first tried to do the slot machines, I had a lot of trouble
       collecting all the figures. So I decided to share this knowledge
       to help some people.

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 5.                              CREDITS
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This section is for all the people that have helped this FAQ become what
it is. If you contribute towards the FAQ in anyway, or do something
helpful you'll be put on this list.

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   - For running a great site dedicated to helping people.
   - Posting this FAQ.
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 6.                           AUTHOR'S NOTE
=========================================================================

Hope you all enjoyed this FAQ, it's my first one. The first of many I
hope.

If you would like to contact me, please E-Mail me at this address:

tsunaike_freeman@hotmail.com

If you are unsure of something, please make sure you check this FAQ for
the required information first. If it isn't in the FAQ, then feel free to
E-Mail me and I will try and answer your questions. You can also find me
on MSN Messenger with the address above.



=========================================================================
 7.                        COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
=========================================================================

(c) Copyright 2001 Tsunaike

This FAQ cannot be distributed in books, magazines, etc. or in any other
form of printed or electronic media in any way. It may not be given away
as some sort of prize or bonus with a purchase, and it may not be used
for promotional or profitable purposes. Any characters, names, or other
objects are copyright their respective companies. This document and its
author are in no way affiliated with any company involved with this game.

If you wish to use this guide on your site, you may post it without my
permission AS LONG AS this document is NOT changed in any way, shape, or
form. The latest version of this guide can always be found at GameFAQs
(www.gamefaqs.com) or Video Game Strategies
(http://vgstrategies.about.com).

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