Hello, welcome to Monederosmart UK! We've reserved a special space to talk all about dominoes, the timeless game that has the dexterity of a card game and the lightness of a board game. We challenge you to find a person who doesn't know dominoes. It is practically a cultural heritage, played in bars, parks and at dinner tables all over the world. No wonder it's an option for the whole family to enjoy.
Our goal in this guide is to help you find the right dominoes game for you, your gang, and your family. We'll show you the different sets, the different ways to play, and the main models on the market.
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- 3 The Best Domino Games: Our Picks
- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Purchase Criteria: What to notice about your dominoes game
- There is more than one way to play dominoes: the counting game, the blocking game, the wheel game and the auction.
- There are also domino sets with very specific purposes, such as Mexican dominoes and domino effect kits.
- Within these varieties of domino sets, you can find models ranging from $ 20 to $ 400, depending on the number of pieces and their material.
The Best Domino Games: Our Picks
Don't let the simplicity of the pieces fool you. Dominoes is a complex game that unites strategy, mathematics and a touch of puzzle solving. Complex but not complicated, it's a game for young, old and old. Because of these characteristics, dominoes is present in many cultures, which approach the game in different ways, generating different sets (and models). In the Buying Guide, we take a look at these differences, and the advantages and disadvantages of dominoes.
What is dominoes?
There are sets that go up to the number 18, that is, with 190 stones. Basically, the game consists in combining pieces starting from the points with equal values (zero with zero, one with one, and so on), differing in the way points are counted and even the number of participants, usually four. Dominoes is conventionally said to be a Sino-European game, as it originated in China but became popular in Europe. So much so that in Asia Mahjong, an even more complex variation of the game, is the most popular, while the name " dominoes " is said to have originated from the European priests who celebrated their victories with the Latin term "domino gratias " ("thanks to the Lord").
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dominoes?
Starting with the fact that it's only four players, at least in most modes. It's hard to entertain a large group, for example. Another drawback is the "delicate" way the game is assembled, just like most table games or even board games. The pieces are fitted together without any fixture. It's just a sudden bump on the table and that's it. The pieces, by the way, are an inconvenience in themselves, at least when they get lost, because they are small, or wear out, losing their visibility or even their value, in the sense of points.
Standard set, Mexican or domino effect?
The Mexican, in turn, also known as Mexican train, has quite specific rules, being almost a separate game. Anyway, its set is called double twelve, with the largest piece having 12 points in each half, and with 91 pieces in total. The domino effect is definitely not for playing dominoes, it contains only the pieces in their traditional format, without necessarily following a numerical pattern, or even having numbers. These sets, in this case, are for lining up the pieces and knocking them all down in sequence, starting from knocking down the first piece of the row. There are videos and more videos with rows of the most diverse forms, which are knocked down in the most diverse sequences:
|Maximum value (Points)||12 (6x6)||24 (12x12)||No value|
|Number of pieces||28||91||Not defined|
|Usage||Games of various kinds||Games of various kinds||Domino Effect|
What are the ways to play dominoes?
The wheel game can have elements of the counting game or the blocking game. What sets it apart is that it, depending on the modality, can have up to 10 participants, unlike the traditional four. The auction game, finally, "transforms" the pieces into playing cards with numbers and suits. Just like the pack of cards, the possibilities of this type of game are quite numerous.
|Differential||Counting of points||Higher number of participants||Analogous to the card game|
How much does it cost?
Purchase Criteria: What to notice about your dominoes game
We have put together a list of selection criteria just for you, to be noted and noted at the time of purchase. To compile the list, we evaluated product features and elements of its use:
- Size of pieces
Now, let's talk about each of these items, so that your choice is the best informed, and your purchase, the best possible.
The pieces are the items that will most influence the product experience with your domino set. Look for the pieces whose colour, details and finishes appeal to you the most. It's worth noting the material too, which also plays a part in the experience as well as, and most importantly, the durability of your set. Avoid paper and plastic pieces, and bet without fear in dark wood pieces, resin, metal or even the oldest, such as bone.
The case of the set is just as important as the pieces. There are three most common types: the briefcase, the case, and the box. There is no best type, but there is one suitable for every situation. If you like to take your dominoes on your travels, a compact, resistant and nice case is worth it; if you take the game and your pieces more seriously, a professional case, with quality lining and closure, is the best choice. For children, or just to leave them at home, a set with a small wooden box is the best option.
Even if there are pieces that you like more, try to give preference to sets whose pieces have good visibility, that is, where the points are easily identified in several situations. As a rule, look for pieces whose points are not actually perforated, and which have colours that make a strong contrast with the main colour of the stone, such as white and black, and red and white.
Size of the pieces
Another point worth your attention is the size of the pieces. Again, there is no correct size, there is, yes, an appropriate size for your situation, the people who will play to the place where it will be played. Large pieces, for example, for small tables, will not be very functional, and small pieces for elderly people may hinder the game a little.
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