Often called tickets or dominoes, this game is played by laying down tiles in a certain way. It is also a popular family game and can be played by adults and children. You can play the game with a computer or against a friend or family member. It’s fun, easy to learn, and a great activity to develop fine motor skills, colour recognition, and spatial awareness.
The object of the game is to score as many points as possible. In some versions of the game, the first player to lay all of his or her tiles down wins the game. In other variations, the first to remove all of his or her tiles from the table is the winner. Depending on the type of dominoes that you have, you can choose to play in a straight or curved layout. Regardless of the type, the goal is to score the most points by gaining pips from your opponent’s tiles.
In a traditional domino game, each player draws seven tiles. Then, the players put the tiles into their hands. Typically, the heaviest hand determines which player plays first. Then, the players place their tiles on the table in turn. The tiles are marked with a pattern of spots and pips. The first tile is typically a double-six.
When the first player puts down a tile, the second player must match it to part of the first tile. If the first player is able to lay a tile that has the same number on both ends of the chain, he or she is said to have “stitched up” the ends. In addition, the second player must place a tile so that it touches one end of the domino chain. In some games, the double is a single and the pips on both ends are counted.
In some versions of the game, the player who chips out the first tile receives a bonus play of a second tile. In other versions, the second player must chip out all of his or her tiles. In a variant known as Hector’s Rules, the second player gets a bonus play if the second player’s tiles have the same number on both ends of the chain. In a popular version of the game in Singapore, the opponent can play a double on his or her hand.
In some versions of the game, players can make bridges between their tiles. These bridges are also worth bonuses. In addition, players can use tiles to create an “L” shape in the layout. A player can only add an additional tile to a line if the other players have no more open tiles in that line. In a popular version of the game, the number of pips on a domino’s ‘ends’ depends on the rules.
Traditionally, European style dominoes were made of dark hardwood, ebony, ivory, bone, or mother of pearl oyster shell. The French introduced the game to Britain in the late 18th century. It may have been brought over by French prisoners of war.