Dough Boy (video game)

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Dough Boy
Dough Boy
Famicom covert art
Developer(s)Synapse Software[1]
  • NA: Synapse Software
Designer(s)Ken Coates[3]
Platform(s)Commodore 64, Famicom
ReleaseCommodore 64:

Doughboy (ダウ・ボーイ, Dauboi)[5] is a Commodore 64 video game by Ken Coates released in North America in 1984. A direct port for the Famicom was released in Japan in 1985 with the spelling changed to Dough Boy.

Doughboy is a nickname given to American soldiers during the First World War because they would often rush into battle while wearing white dust on them; this originated in the Mexican–American War of 1848 when they had to march through the deserts of northern Mexico.[6]


During the later missions in the game, getting run over by a tank leads to instantly losing a life.

The general idea of the game is that the player must rescue a POW from a POW camp.[7][8]

Players can die by being shot, falling into water (by drowning), being blown up by a land mine, and being run over by a tank.[7] Players are in possession of machine gun and can use dynamite as a way to attack the enemies. A strict time limit of 24 hours (five real-time minutes) is used in order to keep the pace of the game relatively brisk.[7] After each round is completed, time is taken off the clock to make things more difficult.[7]

Land mines, trenches, and barbed wire similar to those used in the First World War can be seen throughout the levels. The enemy's naval forces are introduced in the game in the second stage along with bridges to go from island to island while tanks start to make their appearance in the third and fourth stages of the game. Watch towers and enemy barracks make their initial appearance in the fifth stage. Keys are required to complete a level and can be found anywhere in the game; from exploded canisters to enemy barracks.


The background music of Stage 2 is the American folk song When Johnny Comes Marching Home. During the end of stage 5, the background music is The Star-Spangled Banner; which is the American national anthem.


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  2. ^ a b c "Release information (Family Computer version)". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  3. ^ "Doughboy". Lemon. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Release information (Commodore 64 version)". MobyGames. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  5. ^ "English-Japanese title translation". Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  6. ^ Hanlon, Michael E., The Origins of Doughboy, 16 June 2003, Origin of Term Doughboy
  7. ^ a b c d "Basic summary". odino (GameFAQs). Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  8. ^ "Basic summary (second reference)". Famicom Reviews. Archived from the original on 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2011-05-19.