The Ball's Not There
Played: 10 times
First appeared: Ep 100 ¦ Last appeared: Ep 130
To start the game, the contestant has to hit a ball into the top of a giant pachinko machine. As soon as they've hit the ball they must pick up a bowl and run down the flight of stairs to the side of the machine.
Now the contestant has to wait on a narrow pathway at the bottom, between the machine and a mud pit, for the ball to fall out. The aim is to catch it the ball in their bowl. As they can't see where the ball is getting knocked around too, the General shouts out directions ("left" or "right") to help guide the contestant.
The ball will drop out over the mud pit. The contestant must dive for it, and catch the ball safely in their bowl to win the game. If the ball ends up in the mud, they lose.
In the family special version of the game the children hit the ball into the machine and stay up the top to shout directions, while the parents run down the stairs to try and catch the ball.