Tri-Ominos is a fun variation on the classic domino game where players earn and lose points based on luck and skill. An excellent choice for family game night.
What's in the Box
Setting Up the Game
If playing with 2 players each player takes 9 pieces.
After the pieces have been selected, players stand them up with the numbers facing them and out of sight of the other players.
Playing the Game
If three 0's start the game they are awarded 30 points plus the additional 10 point bonus.
If the player that has the starting Tri-Omino and the three 0's one they may choose to play either, but if they choose to play the three 0's they must show the other players that they also have the one with the three highest numbers on it.
If no player has a Tri-Omino with three of the same number, then the player that has the piece with the highest total starts. This player is awarded the total points for the numbers on the piece, but does not receive the 10 point bonus for starting.
Playing clockwise, the next player tries to match any two numbers on the starting Tri-Omino with one of their own. If they are successful the total of the numbers on their Tri-Omino is added to their score.
Picking From the Well
If a player is unable to match one of their pieces they must pick one from the well. They continue to pull pieces from the well until they find one that matches. For each piece picked from the well, 5 points are deducted from the players score. After the deductions are made the scorekeeper adds the total sum of the points on the played matching Tri-Omino to the players score.
If a player is unable to match any Tri-Ominos in his hand nor from the well they pass their turn. Ten points are deducted from their score and play moves to the next player.
Winning a Round
If all players have passed their turn and the game is locked,
the player with the least amount of Tri-Ominos is declared the winner for the round. All points from the other players hands are added to the winners score, but they are not awarded any bonus points and they must deduct the total of the Tri-Ominos left in their hand from their score.
Beginning a New Round
Winning the Game
After a bridge has already been formed and a player matches two sides of a Tri-Omino, they receive the sum of the three numbers and a 40 point bonus.
Tri-Ominos is making a strong comeback and is now available as an iPhone app. The commercial below blends the TV commercial from the 1980's with shots of the new app.
See the iPhone Tri-Ominos app in action in this review. It is a truly addictive game.
Did you know that the earliest board games discovered are more than 3,500 years old?