Game shows like Minute to Win It, Family Feud, and Deal Or No Deal are huge household names. But these game shows pale in comparison to the wacky game shows that are thriving in Japan. To that effect, the extremes to which the Japanese take their TV game show challenges will truly make you question reality! We’re talking about games that mummify people or turn them into human Tetris blocks. Your mind is about to be blown.
#1 Human Tetris
Whether you recognize this game as Brickgame or Tetris, you’ve never seen it played out like this before. Contestants are suited up in spandex gear and are required to distort their bodies in order to fit through the shape in the wall that’s heading towards them. If they fail to do so, they’ll be dunked straight into a pool of murky water.
#2 Candy Or Not Candy
This hilarious game show was inspired by the Japanese art of Sokkuri, which means sweets sculpting. The objective of the game is easy: Bite into everyday objects to find out if they’re made out of food or not. If you’re lucky, you get a milk chocolate stiletto. If not, you get an actual shoe, and that’s bound to taste like ground.
#3 Dero! Dero!
This program has all the bells and whistles of a typical game show. Contestants are tasked with puzzles and mentally challenging questions that they need to solve within a specified amount of time. Oh, and they have to do this while standing in extremely perilous circumstances, like in a room where the floor retracts into the wall, forcing you to jump onto these beams.
On this outrageous game show, you’ve got to answer seven questions to save yourself from being mummified. Sounds like fun, right?
#5 Let’s Go to the End of the World
This game show makes participants’ travel dreams come true. Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because there’s a catch. When the players reach their dream destination, they’re placed in a plastic box. The plastic box in question will be violently pushed around by a bear. What could possibly go wrong? Let’s just hope neither of them gets hurt.
#6 Soapy Stairs
The goal of this game is not as easy as it seems. Contestants have to reach the top of these greasy steps. If they fail, they’ll tumble down the steps and plunge into a pool of water. We wonder how many bruises these players would have accumulated after battling the insane challenge of this game.
#7 Human Bowling
This is a game that needs no further introduction. It’s bowling, but you’re the bowling ball that will repeatedly be thrown down a steep slope to knock over some larger-than-life pins. Fun!
This TV game show starts off with a friendly game of dodgeball. There isn’t anything shady about the ball or the floor, it’s initially just a regular game of dodgeball. The real danger starts when any unlucky contestants get hit by the ball. If this happens, contestants receive punishments of gross proportions. One creepy example? Try blowing a bug through a plastic tube into another person’s mouth!
#9 Marshmallow Rubber Band
If you enjoy watching people strapped by rubberbands while trying to catch marshmallows with their mouths, there’s seriously something wrong with you. Kidding! This hilarious and novelty of a game show has been running and making people laugh since 1989.
#10 Soccer With Binoculars
Who knew that messing with people’s depth perception would be so entertaining? (Yes, it is as funny as it sounds.)
#11 Ultimate Dinosaur Prank
This game show plays pranks on the contestants. Whether you believe in the existence of dinosaurs or not, seeing a realistic T-Rex in an unexpected place will likely scare the crap out of you.
#12 Head and But Trivia Face-Off
This game show revolves around the classic trivia game model. The only thing that makes this game show so unique is that if you get the answer wrong, you’ll get the winner’s butt shoved in your face… literally.
#13 Gaki No Tsukai
The players of this game show are bombarded with jokes for one week straight. The only way to win is for them to keep a straight face the whole time. Would this be a good time to tell a knock-knock joke?
#14 Man Eats Spaghetti In Dryer
This is a game show where a person has to eat spaghetti while being tumbled around in a dryer. We’re speechless too.