|Cover Art Language:||English|
|Machine Compatibility:||Dragon 32, Dragon 64|
|Release:||Professionally released on Cassette|
|Available For:||Acorn Atom, Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC464, BBC B/B+/Master 128, BBC/Electron, Dragon 32, Sinclair ZX81 (Requires 16K Expansion), Spectrum 16K & Spectrum 48K|
|Compatible Emulators:||XRoar 0.33.1 (PC (Windows))|
|Original Release Date:||1st January 1984|
|Original Release Price:||£9.95|
|Market Valuation:||£2.50 (How Is This Calculated?)|
|Box Type:||Cassette Single Plastic Clear|
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Dominoes is a computerised version of the popular game for one player. It features two Games and six skill levels. The skill levels equal the Artificial Intelligence level of your computerised adversary.
When either game starts, your dominoes are displayed face up along the bottom edge of the screen. The pile is displayed across the top of the screen.
The computer begins by selecting the player with the highest double. The piece is then automatically played. (This is the only part of the program that sees your hand!) The domino will be laid in the centre of the screen.
When it is your turn to play a domino, the perimeter of your leftmost piece will flash (If you do not hold any dominoes, a cursor will flash instead!) Move the flashing border to the domino you wish to lay and use the appropriate key to place it on the left or right.
If you make an illegal move, the computer will grunt and the border will continue to flash.
If you cannot lay a domino you may pass to your opponent. However, if you actually can make any legal move then you will not be allowed to pass.
In Game A, you will pick up another domino from the pile when you pass to your opponent.
In Game B, you will only pick up another domino from the pile on a single occasion.
If you cannot lay a piece, or pick up, and the computer is also unable to lay a piece, or pick up, passing for a second time will end the game.
At the end of a game, one of three sounds will be heard.
Press Spacebar to return to the scoreboard.
The idea of this game is to leave your opponent with the most points (i.e. the value of all of his domino points added together).
Neither player can go out until either:
If a player cannot move then he must pick up until he can do so. If all the pieces have been picked up then the move is passed to the other player.
At the end of the game, the hand with the least number of points is subtracted from the hand with the higher and the result added to the score of the player with the lowest number of points.
The match is won by the first player to be 100 points ahead.
The idea of this game is the same as Game A but with the exception that only one domino may be picked up per move.
If the piece can be laid then it must be. If not the move is automatically passed to the opponent.
This is more prone to luck than Game A but generally lasts for more matches.
The computer can be thought of as rising to the occasion!
The endgame is when all the pieces have been picked up. The levels higher than level 4 may involve the computer 'thinking' for long periods of time as it begins calculating exactly what dominoes you are likely to have in your hand.
We recommend level 4 as the level which gives the most reasonable play against another human (and without too much thumb-twiddling!).
Finally, dominoes is essentially a game of luck - and the advantage of the higher levels may only emerge over the whole match.
Arrow Left - Move left, Arrow Right - Move right
L - Lay domino left, R - Lay domino right
P - Pass move (& Pick up domino in Game A)
Answer the "Game A or B" prompt with the appropriate key.
Select your level of play by typing 1 to 6.
On some versions of the game, after a few moments, the Dragon will respond 'OK'. If so, type:
a second time to start.
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
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