No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!, PlayStation

No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! is a weird-but-interesting domino-toppling game for the PlayStation that was developed by Artdink and published by Acclaim in 1998.

You play as either Mr. or Miss Domino (aside from cosmetic/gender differences they’re identical) and walk through a course, doing laps, dropping dominoes and triggering switches. Mr. Domino walks in lanes around the course and moving the gamepad left or right makes him (or her) change lanes, so that they walk into boosters, slow-down pads, or swerve to avoid obstacles.

Holding down the ‘drop’ button will leave a continuous line of dominoes; tapping it will drop single dominoes. The screen scrolls continuously and Mr. Domino will only stop if he bumps into something, or the game ends. Which it will if the timers runs down. You get a certain number of tries per course, and once these have expired it’s game over and back to the title screen.

It does take a little while to get your head around what you’re supposed to do in No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!. The key thing is to drop dominoes in the right places, to try not to waste any (you only have limited amount), and to know when to boost fast or slow down on the course, or to reset it. You don’t want to boost yourself right before a strategically-placed domino because you might miss it. You’ve also got to work out where to lay long trains of dominoes, and where parts of the scenery will help you topple them. It takes some experimentation to understand what is required.

The goal of each of the six timed stages, is to make sure that you drop dominoes on every single one of the trigger switches as you lap the course – if possible to chain lines of dominoes to do that. If you fail to get even one switch you must either hit a reset switch (which rewinds and re-sets all the previous switches you hit), re-start the course, or try to hit the last switch with your remaining dominoes – if that’s possible (it isn’t always).

One nice touch is that you can set the number on your character before you start. I don’t think this has any effect on actual events in the game, but I guess it might satisfy those who believe in lucky numbers…

No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! is a superb game that seems to have a cult following, which is no surprise considering how original, fun, and challenging it is. If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around what to do, check out a YouTube video of someone playing it.

More: No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! on Wikipedia

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