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You control a little guy who runs around the playfield attaching dominos to pre-set 'dots' that form a line or a shape. Random people walk around an attempt to knock over the entire line of dominoes. A level is completed when you string the entire line of dominos and knock them down.

Domino Man was produced by Bally Midway in 1983.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Domino Man was produced include: Baby Pac-Man, Blue Print, Bump 'n Jump, BurgerTime, Earth Friend, Galaxy Ranger, Discs Of Tron, Grand Slam (4 player version), Gold Ball, and E2088


Name Domino Man
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7603
Class Wide Release
Genre Skill
Conversion Class Midway MCR II
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Set Domino/Swat
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
PCB Domino Man PCB Image

Game Play

The player controls Domino Man, a bespectacled, balding artist in a beat-up turtleneck and with a sporting mustache who attempts to set up a number of giant dominoes across the screen.

Domino Man runs back and forth across the screen setting up each domino on a site marked by a black dot. Meanwhile, pedestrians meander throughout the playfield, so caught up in their own thoughts that they never bother to look where they are going. Or maybe over a domino, which will cause one Domino Man to be eliminated. However, pedestrians are the least of Domino Man's concerns. A killer bee constantly appears trying to sting Domino Man. Swat the bee before it stings! There is also a neighborhood bully who is a real bruiser and is about twice Domino Man's size, and when he appears, he will head for the closest domino. You must try to take down the dominoes before he knocks them over.

After you have set up all the dominoes, you will have a choice to either knock down all the dominoes or continue play in hopes of increasing the domino bonus value. After have have made the choice, you 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.

Domino Man KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.09 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.83

Overall Like 2.80
Fun (Social) 1.00
Fun (Solo) 2.80
Collector Desire 4.25

Technical Rating: 3.32

Gameplay 3.40
Graphics 3.20
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 2.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Ways to increase your score:

  • Remove and replace the same few dominoes over and over again for as long as time, the people, bugs, etc., will allow.
  • Complete as many screens as possible before purposely tipping over the dominoes and your score will increase exponentially!

More pictures


The main character in this game is very similar (if not the same) as the bartender in Tapper and one of the Timber lumberjacks. Rumor has it that his likeness was based upon that of one of the Midway employees.

An interesting advertisement for the game read:

Domino Man's my name and building a domino chain is the exciting new game but if I do not work fast there's a mean old bully who wants to knock them over and a pesky bee who wants to stick it to me but if I jump on the bully's head he will go away and I can whack the bee with a domino and to make matters worse there's always clumsy people running into the chain knocking the dominos down but if you help me we will get this chain built yet and there's no more time to talk because the bully's coming this way so I have to gooooooo.....

Cabinet Information

The game uses the standard Midway-style cabinet for that era. In addition to pictures of dominoes around the monitor, the lower front portion of the cabinet (around the coin door) sports several large vacu-molded plastic dominoes.


In an attempt to ensure the market attraction of this game to all audiences, Midway included a rather obscure dip switch setting. The setting allowed the operator (not the player) to choose either "light-skinned" or "dark-skinned" Domino Man as the default. Other than skin tone, the graphics are identical regardless of the setting used.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Domino Man Census

There are 14,845 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Common - There are 40 known instances of this machine owned by Domino Man collectors who are active members. Of these, 38 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Domino Man machine for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Domino Man.

This game ranks a 13 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 144; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 144; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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