The Game of Dominoes
The game of dominoes is a tile-based family game. The gaming pieces are rectangular tiles with a line dividing the face into two square ends. Each end is marked with a number of spots. The player attempts to score as many points as possible by placing the tiles in a row of six. In order to win, players must collect all the spots. Once all the spots have been placed, the player is crowned the winner.
The game has many forms and is popular in several countries. Originally from China, the game has been played in Europe since the early eighteenth century. In the late 1700s, it spread to southern Germany, Austria, and England. It is believed that French prisoners of war brought the game to the United States and introduced the game to the country. By the 1880s, the domino game had spread from the Chinese mainland to the United States and had been found in cafes. However, the European version differs from the Chinese game, lacking the traditional features of the latter.
The name “domino” derives from a Venetian Carnival costume that features a black robe and white mask. The word “polyomino” has no relation to the number two in any language. The most popular forms of domino games are Domino Whist, Texas 42, and Matador. Other popular forms include Fives and Threes and Double Fives. Throughout history, dominoes have been used to play many different games.