LGR – Dem Bonz – DOS PC Game Review

LGR – Dem Bonz – DOS PC Game Review

Greetings! And welcome to LGR Quickies: Reinvigorated. And, yes, this is a series that I attempted to do several years ago. And you may or may not remember it. I barely remember it, but I still like the idea. Even though I stopped doing it
because I stopped liking the idea. They just really weren’t different enough from my normal reviews to continue doing. Now, these, these are going to be. It’s basically just me talking about a game or something related for a few minutes at a time. Not doing fully fleshed out reviews. Just a quickie, you know? It’s not the full experience. But it still can be a lot of fun. Hopefully. So, let’s go ahead and get to *today’s* Quickie, and that is going to be on a game called Dem Bonz. Or “Dem Bahnz,” if you look at the title. Heh-heh. And, yes, this is on a very high quality label here from my childhood. I marked out my name. I wrote out the name of the game in pencil. Or maybe it was my brother, I’m not entirely sure, because we both played this game. Largely because he was into the idea of the
game of dominoes at the time, specifically the physical ones. And… He couldn’t always find someone to play with. I know I would just rather play
a game on a computer alone instead of against him, so we had this game. Dem Bonz. And this was something that was downloaded, I think, through AOL. Either that or a bulletin board system,
I’m not entirely sure. Either way, the game came out in 1995 for MS-DOS, and it was created by Barrie Sargent. And you know, VGA graphics and MS-DOS
and basically monochromatic and… I LOVE that kind of stuff,
even though the game is incredibly simple. It had this really neat title screen that just dithered in very slowly, even on a 486. And… it was just neat to see all of the bones creating the characters for the title screen there. And then it had that unmistakeable look of high-resolution VGA mode for MS-DOS with the text and everything, and the way the… the lines looked so sharp on a CRT, and it just looked good for what it was. I’m not saying it’s a good-looking
game because it’s really not. In fact, if anything, it’s inspired by Nels Anderson’s Mah Jongg game for MS-DOS from the late ’80s. In fact, Mr. Sargent for Dem Bonz in the README said that
it was inspired by that, as far as the aesthetic of the game, that… that sort of, ah, pseudo-3D look to each one of the dominoes themselves. But yeah. Doesn’t really matter because this is a game that we played and it passed the time. [laughs] Don’t really have a whole lot else to say about it. Except that, for whatever reason, it sticks in my mind! And part of it has to do with
this hideously ugly floppy disk, [laughs] It’s just that–it’s uglier than
anything else I’ve ever kept around. It looks like there’s wallpaper paste on it, and maybe a few boogers. It’s just really gross. And… the game has a similar feeling to me. [laughs] I’m not saying the game is gross, but the game is…primitive. And this is the shareware version. There was a registered one that you could get for $15. We never obviously got it, because 15 bucks
on a friggin’ dominoes game? I don’t think so. Even though it’s a very solid game for what it is. You try to, uh, clear out your hand of dominoes before everyone else. And there’s some scoring involved depending on you place them around the board. And you have to connect the, uh, similar pips to each other. It’s dominoes. I don’t want to explain dominoes here. I do want to eat some pizza, though. Um, pizza would be nice. But, uh, I don’t think we could talk about pizza exactly. One final thing that brought
Dem Bonz to mind in later years, other than this ugly floppy disk, was when I moved to the Caribbean
to the country of St. Lucia, just living on the island there and becoming
involved in the culture and everything and I came across slam dominoes, or slam doms, It’s basically the exact same
thing that you play in Dem Bonz, maybe with slightly different rules,
but four different people sitting around a card table with some dominoes. And when you were, uh, you had something to place down, you didn’t just plop it down intricately in a line in a neat little row, like you see in Dem Bonz or a normal game, you just– [slam] Slam it right down on the table Everything gets messed up and it gets really heated. Everybody’s just bam, bam, bam,
slamming it all around the table and it’s really… [laughs] It’s entertaining to watch! Even though it shouldn’t be because
it’s just a game of dominoes. And that brought to mind Dem Bonz, because this was really like my
only experience with dominoes, at least the game of it. To be honest, this is *still* about the
only way that I’ve ever played dominoes. Maybe I’m missing something,
maybe I…I don’t know! I have Dem Bonz, though, so I don’t really care! And it’s one that I remember, and it’s obscure. And, uh, it’s just stuck in my head ever since. I do like it. I just don’t think that I would recommend seeking it out. [laughs] Even though, if you do know where you could find a
registered copy, let me know. Or… if anybody knows how to
contact Barrie Sargent, let me know. It’d be interesting to hear. Just not much information out there at all. And I’m curious. And if you, uhh… Frick, I don’t know. I’m done with this video now. I don’t know how to end it, because this is new. I guess we’ll figure this out as we go along! So I’ll just say, thank you very much for watching. So as I said earlier, I’ve been considering
bringing back LGR Quickies for a long time, but in a new and even lazier style,
and this was the first result! I hope you enjoyed it, but please
let me know what you think, though. The whole idea really is to just
cover games in five minutes or less with no script and some basic gameplay footage. And this should let me talk about stuff
that I normally wouldn’t be able to, from tiny shareware games like Dem Bonz to massive RPGs like The Witcher III and whatnot. I’ll still be making normal reviews, of course, and may even revisit some of these
Quickies in larger reviews later on, but in the meantime, this should let me
release my thoughts on way more stuff. And once again, thank you very much for watching.

100 thoughts on “LGR – Dem Bonz – DOS PC Game Review

  1. You're one of the most personable YouTubers out there, which is one of the reasons your videos are so great. In every video you do, your voice comes through, and it's obvious that it is your own.

    This format is more casual for you, and lets that part of your videos shine even more. If your normal videos are like in depth discussions with friends, these are like sitting around relaxing with them. I like that a lot. Plus, I'd guess these are easier for you to do with a nice addition of flavor to the channel, so it seems to work out well all aroud.

  2. LGR Quickies is a great format if you ask me! Of course I love the longer reviews as well but a quickie is very satisfying too.

  3. Nice to see Quickies return. I love these strange little one-man DOS games that don't bear a full review, but deserve being made known in some capacity. That's why I loved stuff like the Game Empire discs, chock full of things like Dem Bonz, SuperFly!, F. Godmom… the indie scene was fascinating back then. Still is, but in different ways.

  4. I'm in England, it's summer, it's been raining for the past three days… Caribbean Clint gets all the fun.

  5. I like this format. It let's you cover more games with less effort, after all it's Lazy Game Reviews and I think this video proves that it works fairly well. So keep doing it

  6. What microphone are you using? Your voice always sounds really clear and great, might just be your voice though.

  7. I really enjoyed this. It's funny, a bit of a personal touch and not too much muck. Would be lovely to see more of these lazy videos on Lazy Game Reviews 🙂

  8. Fun video, really liked it. Love the short format for when I don't have much time and want to get my daily dose of LGR (As I'm writing this I'm getting ready to run off for work) Continue doing this, you've got my support at least 🙂

  9. I enjoy all that LGR has to offer, but sometimes I don't have the time to watch a full episode, so I think these quick videos are a great idea.

  10. I enjoy the idea of these short, unscripted reviews. One thing I especially liked, though, was hearing about your personal history with the game, you know, with the label and the Caribbean and whatnot. Maybe with your Quickies, you can do a bit of a review, more or less, but also focus more on your personal history with the game, i.e. where you were in your gaming experiences, what other things you'd played at that time, and stuff like that. Just my personal thoughts. Whatever you do, I'll probably enjoy anyhoo.

  11. Fine video.

    Also, your last name is visible on that spreadsheet of video games you shared a while back.

  12. You moved to the Caribbean? That's really cool and I wanna know more about that. Why did you move there? How long did you stay? How did you finance living there?

  13. "Slap Dominos"-ha! That's how the game is played in backyards all across the post-soviet countries by working class men of age 50 and up-it's a classic sight to behold! Must be an international ghetto thang xD

    "Then we played bones, and I'm yelling DOMINO!"

    -Ice Cube, "Today was a good day"

  14. Holy crap… I have this on floppy. I think it's a registered copy. My step dad was playing this. Let me see if I can find it lol

  15. I was going to say that i like these quickies……but…………. just "Review format aproved!" is ok…

  16. I played the hell out of that version of Mah Jong as a kid. Enjoyed the video and hope there's more of these quickies. Reminds me of how you started out with those original 'lazy' Atari game reviews.

  17. I still use a crt monitor cuz my grandma dosent wana buy a flatscreen moniter. though when playing dos games or uesing a windows 95 vhd on fullscreen it feels like it's on the real setup from back then.

  18. as long as you keep doing thrifting, oddware, sims, and your normal reviews, im so down for these quickies! it's nice to watch these during small breaks at the recording studio, so im down for these!

  19. I think that the quickie format really works well these types of simple games and welcome more in the future. I also liked the personal touches and backstory in the review.

  20. I found this to be a successful maiden voyage of the relaunch.  It was also a perfect choice for the quickie format because while I do find the game interesting to hear about I doubt I'd have been into it for more than the five or so minutes spent on it.  Other than needing some smoother way to end the piece this was pretty much exactly what you were shooting for.  So yes please, do continue with more of them.  Thanks!

  21. It's always beneficial to find a way to release your thoughts.  You don't want to suffer from DTB! (Deadly Thought Buildup)

  22. I was wondering if you were going to mention how to "properly" play dominoes…and as usual, you read my mind and did. I guess all that's left to do is say congratulations in dominiospeak…..TAAAADAAAOOOW! FIF'EEN DAWG! SLAM 🙂

  23. Your mic quality is so confusing, it sounds like you're right on the mic but when I see you're not it messes with my head lol, almost like you're doing a voiceover of yourself.

  24. I love all the funny little waves you do at the beginning of your videos. Even on the videos were your not on camera, you usually stick your hand in for a wave. "Greetings!"

  25. Keep tying these quickie reviews in to things that have happened to you. The part about slam dominoes on St. Lucia was great!

  26. Really enjoyed the "quickie" review!! This one in particular was a lot more personal, and it was nice to watch because of that. Thanks LGR.

  27. I know the type of dominoes he was talking about. It pretty much is a hispanic/carribean thing, and I play with my family when i get the chance to. It really is a fun and addicting game where everyone is just in complete silence. It's pretty cool honestly.

    And yeah, there is always that one that slams the dominoes down. He's usually the oldest and the one that wins allot lol.

  28. I really like this!
    And I'm pretty certain that if I walk up the street right now, several games of dominoes would be going on in all their heated-ness. 😀

  29. Now that's the dingiest floppy disk I ever did see! I like that, it's got that charm that reminds me when I had floppy disks of my own with Corel Draw saves on them.

  30. Does he have any videos in which he talks about St.Lucia?  I've been thinking about moving to the Caribbean and would be interested in the opinion of someone who's personality I can somewhat relate to.

  31. I don't remember the old quickies that much, but I like this new format.

    Mostly because it feels so different and relaxed, where you and the viewers sit and chat about games in a casual manner. And like you said, this will allow you to talk about games you otherwise couldn't, and that's a good thing.

    I approve, more please.

  32. For one reason or another I decided to search the Internet for an old DOS game I wrote almost 20 years ago. I was right, I didn't find it … at least not via a Google link. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find this relatively good review of it. While I will be the first to admit that by today's standards the game is cheesy, and even back then it wasn't really very challenging (I knew nothing about AI then), it was my first computer program, and it was a lot of fun to plan and develop as well. I was — and frankly still am — quite proud of the opening screen and of the clean appearance of the dominoes, so thanks for noticing that.

  33. The creator of this game, Barrie Sargent, has made the full version available for free after all these years! A victory for PC game preservationists and lazy gamers alike. Download and enjoy it here 🙂


  34. You should do a video telling the story of how you went from being a surfer in a tropical paradise to a lazy computer nerd.

  35. St. Lucia. What a cool place. I spent 10 or so days there. My best friends brother went to U.S. med school there. So we stayed with him for a few days then went to a resort in Castries. We also went to a kick ass restaurant called Capone‘s! Our bill was brought to us in a “ violin case” or tommy gun case. It was an amazing 10 days.

  36. Please play real dominoes and post review. I love your reviews and appreciate you, that's why I'm taking the time to tell you that mathing your friends to death is the best.

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