Types of Domino Games


Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. They are rectangular tiles with two square ends and a designated number of spots on each one. The objective is to stack the pieces in a row. The more dominoes you stack, the higher your score. You can also play games like Blocking and Scoring, or you can even play Chinese dominoes!

Chinese dominoes

Chinese dominoes are a family of games, originating in China. They have similarities in structure and play, and are often called the descendants of the dice. However, the Chinese version features 2 ends, rather than the blank ones of their western cousins. They also feature 28 pieces, as opposed to twenty-one. To play Chinese dominoes, players shuffle the dominoes face down onto a table.

Although the origin of dominoes is not fully understood, the game has a long history in China. Its origins can be traced back to the Ming dynasty. The game was introduced to the Song Dynasty by a Chinese laborer named Hung Ming. It is believed that he invented the game as a way to entertain his soldiers during a long war. Later, dominoes were brought to Europe by European traders.

The tiles used in Chinese dominoes can be of different sizes, but they are generally one-inch wide and two-and-a-half inches long. Chinese dominoes do not feature a spinner (a metal pin that passes through the center of the tiles). Typically, players draw a tile from a row of stacked tiles. The height of the stacks will vary according to the game. Chinese dominoes are also distinguished by the lack of a center dividing line. They are marked with two spotted values separated by a distance.

Scoring games

Scoring games in domino are games that require players to accumulate points during the game. Some scoring games involve blocking, while others use pip counts to determine the score. A popular variant is Hector’s Rules, which rewards the player who plays double tiles on his opponent’s hands. This variant requires players to be patient and careful to make the best use of their dominoes.

There are two basic strategies: blocking and scoring. One is obvious; the other depends on the number of players. Both are fun, and they are based on basic knowledge of the game. As long as the player has the necessary numbers and counting skills, they’ll have a successful game. This strategy is especially useful for those new to the game.

One way to calculate the scores in domino is to use paper. According to N.W. Holsey, scoring on paper can be elegantly accomplished by creating two lines. Each line equals 5 points, while each small x equals 10 points. Therefore, a large X can have four small xs around it, giving a total of 50 points. Similarly, a small o can represent 10 points in a turn.

Blocking games

One of the simplest types of domino games is blocking games, also called block dominoes. In this game, players take turns selecting tiles and trying to place them in a specific pattern to reach 100 points. In the end of each round, the player with the most points wins. The remaining tiles are placed in a “boneyard” and are not used for further gameplay.

The game is over when a player has played all his or her dominoes, or when a round is blocked. If the game is blocked, the player with the lowest score wins the round. If the game is won by a single player, the score for that round is the sum of the pip counts of all tiles played to that round minus the pip count of the player’s own tiles. The winning player is the one who reaches the goal before the other player.

There are several variations of blocking games in domino. Some variations allow for multiple sets. One variation is an Indonesian block domino game called Gaple, which uses 36 tiles and an 8-8 set without doubles. Other variations include the four-player partnership game Partnership Domino and Caribbean Domino. These games have different rules but are similar.