The Basics of Dominoes


The game of dominoes is a family of tile-based games. The tiles are rectangular and have two square ends, each marked with a spot or number. Players take turns matching the number of spots on the ends of each domino to win the game. To begin playing, you will need a set of dominoes, which will have a specific number of spots on them.

Double-6 set

The Double-6 set of dominoes is one of the more basic types of the game. It has six tiles in a row and is played with a pair of dominoes on each side. When players play one tile, they can move it to the right or left. Then they play the next tile, which is either a 6-5 or a 4-6. The fifth tile is a 5-5, which forms an “L” in the layout.


There are many variations of the domino game. The game originated in China around the 17th century and is played using tiles that are about twice as long and as wide as a standard playing card. Each tile has one to six spots that represent a value. In some variants, the tiles are heavier than others because they contain more pips.


The Rules of Domino are a set of rules for playing the game. The main objective of the game is to build enclosed spaces (cells) using domino tiles. Each cell has an area of half a domino tile and a player scores a point for each cell created. The graphics below show some common cell configurations and strategies using Game Option 1.


Over the years, dominoes have been made from a variety of materials. While wooden blocks are the most common, some have been made from plastic, metal, or foam. There are specialty materials as well. These include stone and stainless steel, which are heavy and durable.


The origins of the domino game are not entirely clear. Although it is commonly believed that the game originated in France, it actually spread throughout Europe, and was brought to Britain by French prisoners of war. From there, it was spread to the Americas and other parts of the world. Before the game was popularized by Europeans, the Inuit people played it with bone-like objects. In fact, the earliest known set of dominos was discovered in Tutankhamen’s tomb.