Tri-ominos is a great take that is a twist on the usual Dominos and is at the same time great for kids and their maths. Essentially, it's a game that anyone can play, and although it's suggested to be played from age 8 and up, our son has been comfortably playing since he was 6 - it really depends on how you want to approach the game.
Triominos features a number of triangular shaped tiles, each with a number at each point, making three numbers per triangle. The numbers range from 1 to 5, and you have to lay them down, taking it in turns, to match other tiles already placed. There are rules to see who goes first, usually who has the highest scoring tile, starting with a triple (5,5,5) and working down. However, this can be flexible, and we usually let our son go first.
You get 10 points for going first, and you then score points for how much the numbers on your tiles add up to. This 10 point start may seem a huge advantage, but the amounts on the tiles can range from 0-15, so it's easy for the lead to change on a regular basis.
It's fun to play and really easy. You just take it in turns and all you have to do is be able to match a tile that has already been positioned. In theory, this should get easier as more tiles are placed down, but as the game continues the number of tiles you have decreases, limiting your options a bit. I find that it can get quite tactical, especially if you keep an eye on the scoring and realise that you need to catch up by quite a bit.
If you can't go, you take a tile from the pile that still remain, and then see if you can go with this one. However, you deduct five points from the score you end up with, and if you can't go, then this acts as a minus and you're losing points when your opponents could be gaining them. I find it gets quite competitive, and really makes you think about what you place and where, moreso than dominos. I find it's highly enjoyable, and as a game can last a mere few minutes, it can be played at pretty much any time.
There's minimal fuss with this, and it's entertaining. I can't remember how much we picked our game of this up for, but the regular version is available for around the £5 mark on amazon at the moment. The Deluxe Edition costs almost £10 more, but essentially it just features better quality craftsmanship and the pieces are more durable. I can't honestly say I've found much difference between the two, although I know some people prefer the better style of a more expensive game. Either way, it's recommended, and I think good value too.
What is it?
Tri-Ominoes is a game based on dominoes with three sides. It may sound like a bit of a rip off of dominoes - but really it is a completely different game. You just have to match sides up with the dominoes that you drawed at the start. The scoring mechanism is quite tricky, and definately requires either a big bit of paper and a pen... or alternatively each player to have a calculater and add up their own individual scores.
Who can play?
I would personally say it is suitable for over 8s as although the matching is relatively easy various different adding or scoring mechanisms make it quite hard for the younger players.
I would actually say it is. It is more complex than dominoes and requires skill and thought behind each move... therefore it is far more complex than traditional dominoes. The only negetive in my opinion is the scoring, but this can be changed to make it easier or alternatively removed so the first person to get rid of their dominoes wins - both make it far more suitable for younger children and a much easier game to play.
Triominoes is a variant of dominoes in which tiles are triangular and thus have three sides, with each side having a number. At this point you might wonder two questions, firstly is this a cheap rip-off and second is there any point in adding extra sides to a domino. The answer in my opinion to these questions is no and yes respectively.
Tackling the first question, triominoes are not a recent idea, and as pointed out by other reviewers, they have been around for an alarmingly long time given that not that many know of them.
As for the second question, there is certainly a point in having an extra side since I think that it adds two extra things to the game. Firstly one thing that it adds is that different shapes are formed- if you thing about it, there are many more interesting shapes that can be formed with triangles than can be with oblongs. And instance of this is a hexagon, which incidentally you score extra points for in the game.
The other advantage of adding an extra side is that it adds a lot more options and things to think about. for instance whenever you place a tile two numbers must match with the tile already on the board that you are placing it adjacent to. This means that a lot more thought is required.
This game is very good I think and certainly deserves more recognition generally. A great family game.
Not many people will have heard of Tri-Ominos but weve had the game since as long as I can remember. Our set was bought in the early eighties when I was a really young so I would have had no interest in this and I dont recall playing it then. My parents tell me they used to play it, which explains this. It does look like a dull game to play and for young children it would be, especially now with all the computer games they have.
*** So what is Tri-Ominos? ***
Tri-Ominos works on the same principle as a game of dominoes but the tiles are triangular and instead of dots you have a number at each point ranging from 0 through to 5. You have to place the tiles next to each other matching the numbers to the other tile. This is the basic idea but it is far from dull as you get extra points for certain moves.
In the box I have you get 56 tiles and the instructions are on the inside of the lid.
*** Aim of game ***
The aim of the game is to get rid of all your tiles. For each tile you put down you get a score and also for any bonus scoring moves that you make. If youre the first person to get rid of your tiles then you get bonus points plus points for any tiles your opponent's have left. The winner of the game is the first person to reach 400 points. Of course, you can change this amount or perhaps have a time limit or a limit to the number of rounds you play. When I usually play we stop when weve had enough more than because someone has reached a certain score.
*** How to play ***
First you need to decide wholl keep score. This involves constant writing down so anyone whos likely to have more patience or be able to add up quickest would be the best.
Each player has to pick a number of tiles depending on how many are playing
2 players = 9 each
3 to 4 players = 7 each
5 to 6 players = 6 each
Once you have them you stand them up facing you so that no one else sees them. I personally put them in order and any double tiles I have (say 3,3,4) I put in a row so I can see at a quick glance which doubles I have. Any triples I have Ill put with these as well and then any tiles with three different numbers Ill stick at the end.
A triple 5 is the highest so if a player has that then they go first. If no one does have the triple 5 then you work your way down the triples and the player with the highest triple goes first. If no player has any triple (including the triple 0) then the player with the tile with the highest total goes first. So a 5,5,4 (14 points) beats a 4,4,4 (12 points). The player who does go first gets a bonus 10 points. Then going clockwise the next player tries to match the tile already down. So if a triple 5 is put down then theyll need a tile with a double 5 in it. If they dont have one that they can match then theyll have to pick a tile from the stockpile and see if that can be played. If that can be played then they put it down. As theyve picked it up from the stockpile they have to minus 5 points from their score. So if the tile is 5,5,0 then they get 5 points and if its the triple 1 then they have to minus 2 points from their score.
*** Bonus scoring ***
There are ways of increasing your score substantially. If you make a hexagon shape (this needs 6 tiles) then not only do you get the points of the tile youve played but an extra 50 bonus points. This means that all three numbers have to match with the two tiles it would be touching though.
You can also form whats called a Bridge and this will get you 40 points. This is when you connect two lines with a tile. So you might have 2 lines running side by side but with a gap in-between them enough for a tile. If you can match two numbers on one tile and the third on the one opposite it then you can slot it in the gap. This is hard to explain so if Ive not done a very good job then there are diagrams in the instructions.
*** Winning the round ***
You continue playing until a player has no tiles left or no one can go anymore. If someone does get rid of all their tiles then they get 25 bonus points plus the score of all the tiles that their opponents have left. If you get to a point where no player can go then the game is over. The player with the tiles adding up to the lowest total wins. They get their opponents total minus their own. They dont get the bonus points though. Its also worth noting that if a player cant go and there are no tiles left in the stockpile then they have 10 points deducted from their score. This happens until all players cant go or a player has played all his or her tiles.
*** My Experience ***
Tri-Ominos is an interesting game, which certainly passes the time. I would say it would appeal to older children and adults. I only say this because as a child we had this game and me and my brother or sister had no interest in it. This doesnt mean that all children wouldnt be that interested but I cant see them playing it over and over. What I like about it is you can play it for as long as you like. Each round varies in time but most of them dont take any longer than 10 minutes or so. So If youre short of time and at a loose end then you can play for a bit. Or you can play for longer periods of time. Ive played it for sometimes over an hour and havent got bored of it. When playing it we do tend to play for shorter periods of time (say half an hour) and then come back to it later on.
Its an easy game to pick up the rules so most people should be able to grasp them after one game. You do need to look out for the tiles that will form a Bridge or Hexagon so you dont miss out on those extra points. If youre not paying attention to them they can easily be missed. When picking a tile to place you need to be aware of the other tiles youll be able to place after it sometimes. If you can put two different tiles in the same place then its best to see what other tiles youll be able to place after it even if you get fewer points for that move. Of course, someone else might beat you to it but its worth keeping in mind. Also if you have an idea of what someone else might have then you can block them from going. This doesnt happen all that often as you cant see the other persons tiles. However, a number of occasions when playing my Mum shes put a tile down (say a 0,0,3) and then when Ive placed a tile (say a 0,0,5) against it shes tutted or sighed. So Ive guessed that she has the triple 0 which means I might be able to stop her from placing it down further in the game.
So you can be tactical although its more difficult as you cant see what tiles your opponents have. If you have a tile with a double number on it you maybe able to place it in several places. So if, for example, you have the 2,2,4 youll be able to place it on a double 2 or a 4,2 or 2,4. So its best to see which move would benefit you for the next move rather than just put it in the first place you spot. Its also better if you get rid of any triple tiles when you can as they are harder to play. Then once youve played then you can place any other double ones off it if you have any. It does get annoying when you have a tile where the numbers are the wrong way round for a bonus move. Especially when you think itll fit!
We have the version made by Ideal. The tiles are black with white numbers, which are slightly raised on them. Our set is so old that the paint had come off so the numbers were really hard to see. I soon sorted that as I got some white paint and used an old make up brush and re-painted them. Now the sets that they sell are white with black numbers so itll be easier to see the numbers on them clearly.
The more players makes it more interesting as youll less likely to go where you want to. So if you place a tile down where youll be able to go afterwards and only against that tile, another player might beat you to it. So if there are only two of you playing you only have to hope that one person cant go off it. So it can make it harder to go but it also means more tiles could be placed down between your moves so youll have more options.
Tri-Ominos can be found for a very reasonable price. I cant say Ive noticed it in any shops but Amazon stock it and at the moment its £6.99 for the regular set which comes in a triangular box. The Classic version comes in a square box and is £14.99 from Amazon. Apart from the price and the shape of the box I cant see any difference between them. The Deluxe version is available for £18.94 and are higher quality than the other sets and come with racks. So as you can see shopping around for the cheapest price is best or perhaps even looking on eBay. There is also a childrens version which is being sold on Amazon. Instead of numbers they have pictures of an animal. So the 1 is replaced by a cow and the 5 is now five ducks. So if you do have younger children then this would be the better set to have for them.
-0- TriOminos by Goliath - the three sided domino game -0-
Just how many of us know of the traditional game of dominoes ? Now how many of you have played it ? No doubt 90+% of us will say yes .
Now ask yourselves the the same questions replacing the word dominoes with the word triominos , and I bet the answer is less than 5% . Yet strangly the game of Trionimos , as we know it today has been around since 1968 and has changed very little . Itself however is based on an American card game entitled Contack , that first appeared in 1938 and was released by Parker Bros. - bet most of you didn't know that !
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Basically a triangular tile , each corner having a number ranging from 0 - 5 inclusive . A game set comprises of 54 unique triominos , ie no one triomino is repeated .
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As with normal dominoes , the aim is to match side on side with in-play trominos , with a view to being the first to play out all of his/her triominos . Each triomino played scores points , and as a general rule , the first person to reach a total of 400 points wins the match .
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This is the tricky part , as while the game has differed very little in appearance since its conception , the rules of the game seem to vary according to where it is played , so it is impossible to give an accurate set of rules . I will however provide the current English ( UK ) rules , and to aside list some of the known alternatives.
1) The number of players shall be between 2 and 8 in number . The recommended age for playing this game is 8 yrs. . Strangely enough though the UK deluxe version only provides tile racks for 4 players ( additional players have to use the palms of their hands to hold their triominos ) .
2) The number of players determines how many triominos you have at the start of a game . In a two player game you start with nine triominos , eight for 3 players etc. etc.
3) At the start all the triominos are placed face down on the playing surface . Each player takes a triomino and the highest starts the game first . In the case of a tie , those players involved re-draw a triomino . Once the starter has been arranged , the triominos are place face down again and all shuffled before your alloted amount of trionimos are choosen in turn . Play goes in a clockwise direction . ( We find it easier to place the triominos in a cloth bag , thus reducing the amount of space reuired to play the game) .
4) The player chosen first place down any triomino of his choice . ( A variation is to do step 3 , then the player with the highest treble triomino available starts first , if none have been drawn then the player with the highest scoring triomino in their hand starts ) . The player scores the value of the numbers on placed triomino ( In the varied game , a treble scores an additional 25 points , excepting the treble 0 which scores an additional 40 points ) .
5) Players then take it in turns to lay down their triominos , ensuring that an exact match occurs on the sides joined , ie a 5 has to joined to a 5 .
5a) A player at any time may decide not to play a held triomino , or simply may not be able to play one . In such a case that player then draws from the remaining stock pile of triominos . Each tile drawn loses the player 5 points . Should a drawn tile be playable then it can be done so immediately thus scoring its value less the 5 points for the pickup . the maximum amount of tiles a player can pick up in one go is 3 . Should this happen and the player cannot place down his triomino ( or refuses to ) then an additional ten points is also deducted from his score , making a total deduction of 25 points .
6) Play continues until either a player has no tiles left , or no player can play a legal tile , or a player reaches 400 points during play .
6a) In the case where a player has no triominos left , he scores a bonus of 25 points and play continues so that all players have had the same amount of turns , after which he also scores the value of his opponents remaining tiles ( in some varied games , a treble 0 will have a bonus of 40 points ) .
6b) In the case where no player can play , the person with the lowest total tile values will be classified the winner , but will have his tile values deducted from his score and the values of his opponents tiles added to his score. Where values are equal , the winner is decided by the lowest unique tile value of the players involved .
6c) Where a player reaches 400 points the game continues as with rules 6a/b and the player with the highest score ( not always the player who reached 400 points during the round ) at the end of the round is the winner .
7) Bonus points can be obtained by :
7a) Playing a treble tile ( This is a varied rule , 40 points for a teble 0 , score + 25 for other trebles ) .
7b) Completing a whole hexagon scores an additional 50 points : If a double hexagon is completed due to a tile being completed , then this addition score is increased to 60 points ( the varied rules change this bonus value to 100 points ) .
7c) If a bridge is completed ( ie bridging two corners rather than a straight tile edge ) then an additional 40 points are scored by the player . A bridge can be internal or external facing . ( In the varied rules if the next players imediately plays onto this bridged tile , he will also gain an additional 40 points ) .
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Treble tiles are the hardest to get rid of and it is in your best interest to play these early on . It is possible to be stuck with a treble tile and never be able to play it.
It is not always wise to play a legal triomino , and picking from the stack can be a worthwhile investment . At the same time , it can also prove to be a bad investment .
When playing a triomino weigh up the possiblity of giving away bonus point scoring opportunities , more so where their are more than 2 players playing.
Players should learn how many of a particular triomino set are in play and how many are still in other players hands or in the stack ( eg . there are six triominos with a double 0 present , these are 0 0 0 , 0 0 1 , 0 0 2 , 0 0 3 , 0 0 4 , 0 0 5 so there a 6 trionimos for other combinations as well , eg 0 0 1, 1 0 1 , 2 0 1 , 3 0 1 , 4 0 1 , 5 0 1 etc. ) . With this learnt you should never be left with an unplayable tile , or at the same time you could hold a master tile .
Gaining maximum score per play is not always the best method of play - read ahead of the game taking note of the tiles in your hand.
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Whilst the above may seem a little ominous , the game is soon learnt and provides for an interesting and often competitive game . Best played by a group of adults , a round can last between 5 and 20 minutes and a full game upto an hour - it all depends on the number of players .
It can also be very frustration , when for example you find yourself with a tile that has for example ; a 0 5 face , yet only faces with 5 0 are in play , so you tile cannot be played against them ) ; a player deliberately picks from the pile knowing that you yourself cannot go on your next move , hence requiring you to pick from the pile ; a player where possible continually plays tiles so as not to leave the possiblity for other players to play any held trebles .
Sticking to one set of rules does simplify the game , however the possibilities exist to encorporate the varied rules or add your own ( for example if young children want to play , score 1 point per tile played with no penalties for picking up from the stack . Each round winner scores an additional 5 points - with the game winner the first to score 50 points ) .
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Try a search on the web or try a major toy shop such as Toys R Us . Prices vary from arounf £7.99 to £15.99 depending upon the version you buy . Whichever version you buy the pieces / gameplay is the same , you simply pay more for a better qaulity tile . I myself have the deluxe version which has composit tiles with centre brass pin for easier pickup and shuffling . On ebay games can be bought from as little as £2.99 + P&P .
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An unusual and exceptional game , adding a new twist to the traditional dominoes game . Well worth investing in .
Dominoes just got more complicated. You have to match triangular tiles to play this game. The deluxe set comes with a tray to put the pieces on which is useful. You also get instructions and score sheets in the box. Scoring is done by adding up the numbers on the triominoes laid down and you also get extra point for making certain shapes. Itsounds quite simple but its amazing how many times you look at your triangular pieces and think you can play and when you lay it down it just won't match no matter how you try it. There is also a solo game where you match dominoes to make certain shapes. This is much more interesting than ordinary dominoes. It can be played by the whole family and is easy enough for the little ones to learn quickly too.
Are we the only family to own this game??!! Ok, who out there dosn't know the game of dominoes? I think that everyone in some stage of their life would have played it.. Ok this is a variation of that game. On three sides of the tile there are different numbers, you have to match up all the sides of the tile, when you try to fit them in. There are ways of scoring on which you have a scoring sheet to help you to score. You have different bonuses, for different shapes that you can make. You can also play a solo game (or solitaire game rather) which is based on making certain shapes, this is not as easy as it may seem. If you like dominoes, I am sure that you will like this game, if you can work out what tiles are left in the middle!!!