Sunday, February 28, 2010

Video game number sixty one: Domino Master

Video game review number sixty one in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Domino Master".

When it comes to dominoes, the only game I'm familiar with is the one where you line them up in long, intricate rows and hope that your little sister doesn't knock them over before you finish making the line.

We had some dominoes when I was a kid and this was all I ever did with them. I knew there was an actual game you could play, but I didn't really know how to play it. I'm sure I played at one point or another, but mostly....my dominoes were used for chain reactions that would sometimes end in knocking a Star Wars figure over or something.

Domino Master is all about the actual game of dominoes, not lining them up to knock them over. When I played this game, I had to learn the basics from scratch. The first thing I learned is that the computer employs some cheap bullshit. The next thing I learned is that Domino Master has the exact same user interface as Uno, only instead of a deck of Uno cards, you have dominoes in the middle. The final thing I learned is that I don't really like dominos very much.

The one fun thing about this game is that when you play it, you can shout "Domino, Mother Fucker!" every round you win, like you're Doughboy from "Boyz in the Hood". Heather was in the bedroom and came out to see what I was doing. She didn't know I was playing actual dominos, and just thought I was shouting at the TV for no reason. She started saying "Domino, Mother fucka!" too....and that upped this game a point in my book.

Overall score: 3/10. There's nothing wrong with it, but there's certainly nothing special either. It's just dominos. If you like dominos, play this game. Or better yet, buy some real dominos instead. If you don't like dominos (or maybe you just want to line them up and knock them down like I did)...skip this game altogether.


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