Domino Effect

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Domino Effect
Domino Effect MPDS.png
4-player mini-game version
Appears in Mario Party DS
Type 4-player mini-game
Duel mini-game
Initial record 1'00"00
Music Get Into It

Domino Effect is a 4-player and duel minigame found during the events in Mario Party DS. It is also the second minigame of Score Scuffle.


Duel mini-game

Players compete through a row of planks that fall gradually one behind other (as a "domino effect", thus giving the minigame its name). Contestants must jump over each plank, pressing the respective button that the plank means.

If the player fell off with planks knocking, they will be out of the rest of the minigame. The player who arrives to the finish at first is the winner. If the player pushed the wrong button, the player would be stopped for a few seconds until they could start hopping again. If all the players fell off with the planks knocking or if both players arrived to the finish at the same time in the Duel variant, they all lose and it will result in a tie.

If both players get the same score in the Duel variant that breaks the current record, it counts as a new record even though no one won, as it will say "Tie" after the "New Record" fanfare. This also applies to the other Duel minigames with a record system.


  • A Button B Button X Button Y Button – Leap

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Leap across the board tops by pressing the buttons as they're shown. Stay ahead of the boards as they topple behind you."
  • Rules (Score Scuffle) – "Leap across the board tops by pressing the buttons as they're shown. You'll earn more points the faster you reach the finish."
  • Tips"Press only the shown button to make each next leap. You'll lose time if you press a wrong button."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ぴょんぴょんレース
Pyonpyon Rēsu
Hopping Race
Spanish Efecto dominó Domino Effect
French Dominos Barjots Bonkers Dominos
German Holzbrett-Hüpfer Wooden Board Hopper
Italian Effetto Domino Literal translation
Korean 도미노 레이스
Domino reiseu
Domino Race