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This week’s free game: “Domino Man”

Bally's 1983 arcade game
Bally's 1983 arcade game "Domino Man" blended the joys of the arcade with the monotony of trying to stay interested in building a domino sculpture.

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Setting dominoes to fall is usually an activity limited only by your stomach for tedious activities and the shakiness of your hands. But in Bally Midway's 1983 game "Domino Man," you have to contend with bees, bullies and a ticking clock (really), to say nothing of the impatience of those waiting in line to grab the joystick at your local arcade. You can relive the joys of the hobby digitally, thanks to the folks at the Internet Archive, by clicking below!

Click here to play "Domino Man," free in your browser!

Dominos aren't only your medium in this game, they're also your defense against increasingly agitated enemies. Press the left CTRL key to swing dominos at enemies, or simply avoid them as you cover the countryside in comically large game pieces. The soundtrack, a lovingly crafted MIDI version of Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," will keep your toes tapping as you delicately place those dominos.

The titular hero is almost a carbon copy of the protagonist in other Midway games "Tapper" and "Timber." All three games released between 1983 and 1984. Players could rack up scores by picking up and placing dominos in the exact same place, as long as the enemies stay away. 

Do you think domino art should come back? Still dancing to the Maple Leaf Rag? Let us know in the comments below, and check back next week for another free game.



Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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