Domino Man is a 1983 arcade video game released by Bally Midway. It is one of the few video games that features the ragtime piece, Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin as the game background music.
The player controls Domino Man, a bespectacled, balding artist wearing a beat-up turtleneck sweater and sporting a mustache. The player attempts to set up a number of giant dominoes across the screen.
The main goal of Domino Man is to set up a domino on every site marked by a black dot. Meanwhile, pedestrians meander throughout the playfield and may wander into dominos, knocking them over. Domino Man can shove them away from the dominos. A killer bee constantly appears trying to sting Domino Man. There is also a neighborhood bully who is much larger than Domino Man (who can be stunned but not shoved) and an invincible walking clock. Domino Man can set up dominos, swing a domino as a weapon, and removed placed dominos (which can be used to stop a cascade of falling dominos). A Domino Man is lost if he is stung or the leftmost domino is disturbed.
After the player has set up all the dominoes, they will have a choice to either knock down all the dominoes or continue play in hopes of increasing the domino bonus value. After they have made the choice, they will move on to the next screen.
After the game is over, the game will have a poem displayed on the screen to evaluate the player's performance on the game. For example:
Roses are red
Or so goes the verse,
You set up 52—
You could have done worse.
The main character in this game is very similar (if not the same) as the bartender in Tapper and one of the Timber lumberjacks.
1 Player Start 1
2 Players Start 2
Coin 1 5
Coin 2 6
P1 Up UP
P1 Down DOWN
P1 Left LEFT
P1 Right RIGHT
P1 Button 1 LCONTROL or Mouse B1
P2 Up R
P2 Down F
P2 Left D
P2 Right G
P2 Button 1 A
In Domino Man, you play as the titular character. The goal is to fill all the empty trail, as indicated by the black spots on the screen, with dominoes. Once the dominoes are all lined up, the stage is complete. However, there are many obstacles that can topple all of your dominoes. Some of these enemies include shoppers, caddies in golf carts, and a large bully. In addition, there is a giant bee that constantly follows you around, but can't knock over the dominoes. Touching any of the aforementioned enemies results in the loss of a life of the player. However, some of these enemies can be dispatched by pushing them out of the way, or dispatched by other means.
The game has only three stages, consisting of different environments; the shopping center, the golf course, and the construction site. While the game only has three stages, the domino paths change and the game gets progressively more difficult.
After a few stages, similar to Pac-Man, a brief cutscene will play of the Domino Man defeating the Bully. The first one shows him pulling down the bullies pants, the second one shows him hitting the bully a few times with a domino, and the third shows him shooting the bully with a gun.
The game is also noted for its game over screens, which gives a "Roses are red, violets are blue..." message. The message varies depending on the current score that the player loses the game with. Another thing to note is Scott Joplin'sMaple Leaf Rag serves as both the in-game and cutscene music.
April 8, 2021 Subject:
Unique Arcade Game
This is what call an very enjoyable arcade game. The rules and controls are easy to learn and the art-style is fun to look at. It's also one of the tougher arcade games as you are required to stack the dominoes which tend to be tedious.
Overall, it's a fun way to kill time.
October 27, 2020 Subject: