When I tell people that I like domino games, they are often surprised to hear that you can do more than just match the numbers. If you look in a book of games, often with Mr. Hoyle’s name on the cover, you might also find All Fives. If you’re lucky, you’ll even find Chickenfoot and Mexican Train.
This book is a collection of new games and puzzles for dominoes that will broaden your horizons beyond a chain of dominoes with matching numbers:
- Blocking Donimoes is a puzzle I designed where you have to slide all the dominoes into a rectangular shape, without sliding any matching numbers next to each other.
- Capturing Donimoes is a puzzle I designed where you have to collect all the dominoes by sliding matching numbers next to each other.
- Tetradominoes is a game I designed for two to four players where you play matching dominoes in a grid, then try to play the tetromino shapes on top.
- Mountains and Valleys is a solitaire game by Sid Sackson where you have to lay out a map that you can hike on. I adapted it from paper, pencil, and dice to use dominoes.
- Fujisan is a solitaire game by James Droscha designed for the piecepack game system where you have to help four Shinto priests climb to the peak of Mount Fuji. He then adapted it for dominoes and pawns, and I found 20 layouts that are much more challenging than usual.
The book of rules includes problems to solve for each puzzle. The Blocking Donimoes problems are patterns of dominoes for you to start from, like this:
The Capturing Donimoes problems look like this:
On the rules web page, the example problems above look like this:
2 - 3 1|2 2|4
5 2|4 - 2 2|6
The example problem and solution looks like this:
5 2|4 5 2|4 5 2|4 5 2*4 - - - * 2 2|6 2 2>6 2 2<6 2 2*6