Domino Man is an arcade game which was released by Bally Midway in 1982; it runs on their MCR-2 hardware, and the player must use an 8-way joystick to take control of the eponymous "Domino Man" with a single button to make him strike out at the various people that impede his progress. His goal is to set up a chain of giant dominos across the screen (in preset positions indicated with black spots) - and all he has to do to set up a domino is run over a spot. Once there is a domino on every spot, that stage shall be cleared - and you can then either knock them all over to clear the stage, or wait a while and proceed to the next stage in the hopes of completing another chain. It is therefore possible to set up several chains and knock them all over at a stroke (earning exponential bonus points in doing so); however, this is not easy to do given that a Bully will often walk onto the screen and try to knock over the dominos. You can either clear the current stage to knock the dominos over before the Bully does, or strike out at him (for the impact will make his trousers fall down, and stun him for a few seconds) - and there is also a Killer Bee which must be struck out at quickly (because if it stings Domino Man, it will kill him) along with a Bumbling Bag Lady, a Reckless Boy (with a shopping cart), a Slicing Golfer, an Old Duffer (driving a golf cart), a Burrowing Gopher, a Lumbering Laborer (with a wheelbarrow), a Jackhammer Man and a Careless Carpenter (with a ladder). All of these people will also indirectly kill Domino Man, if they topple even one of his dominos over - but, he has the ability to strike out at them to make them reverse direction, and push them into the Bully so they get caught. There also appears to be a walking pocket watch, that moves vertically down that right side of the screen; once the game is over, it will display a poem, that reflects your performance. This game also has a dip switch setting that allows the arcade operator to choose between a "light"-skinned and "dark"-skinned Domino Man.
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