Everybody remember playing with Dominos as kids if you were playing the actual game or just stacking them and knocking them over most people have some sort of experience with this classic toy.

Some game designers have taken this to the next level and created games loosely based on the classic domino.

Here are a few of the most interesting and creative games around that takes the iconic game of Dominos to the next level


In Kingdomino, you are a Lord seeking new lands in which to expand your kingdom. You must explore all the lands, including wheat fields, lakes, and mountains, in order to spot the best plots, while competing with other lords to acquire them first.

The game uses tiles with two sections, similar to Dominoes. Each turn, each player will select a new domino to connect to their existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The order of who picks first depends on which tile was previously chosen, with better tiles forcing players to pick later in the next round. The game ends when each player has completed a 5×5 grid (or failed to do so), and points are counted based on number of connecting tiles and valuable crown symbols.

Cobra Paw

In Cobra Paw, players take turns rolling the dice — which feature six unique symbols — then race to grab the tile with the matching pattern before anyone else. Whoever grabs six tiles first wins!

Mexican Train Dominos

Mexican Train is a fairly recently developed variation of Dominoes train type games that has become extremely popular. Because of its simplicity and interaction, it can be played by nearly anyone, anywhere. Depending on the type of game you play, it can last from a single, 20-minute game to a 12 round game lasting hours.

Although Mexican Train can be played with a standard set of Dominoes, branded versions usually include a range of parts to facilitate play and highlight the theme, such as a train station, train pieces to mark players’ trains and the “Mexican train”, and a “woo woo!” train whistle. It is typically played with a set of double 12 dominoes (although double 6 and double 9 sets can be used with fewer players), and there are a variety of sets packaged by various manufactures as “Mexican Train Dominoes” that include all the necessary components to play.


Created By MindWare, Dizios is the bright, bold and brain-bending domino game with a dizzying twist! Two or more players take turns placing tiles into the grid by matching up edges, and earn points according to the pieces on the board that your tile touches. Includes 71 glossy, thick chipboard game tiles.


Hive is a highly addictive strategic game for two players that is not restricted by a board and can be played anywhere on any flat surface. Hive is made up of twenty two pieces, eleven black and eleven white, resembling a variety of creatures each with a unique way of moving.

With no setting up to do, the game begins when the first piece is placed down. As the subsequent pieces are placed this forms a pattern that becomes the playing surface (the pieces themselves become the board). Unlike other such games, the pieces are never eliminated and not all have to be played. The object of the game is to totally surround your opponent’s queen, while at the same time trying to block your opponent from doing likewise to your queen. The player to totally surround his opponent’s queen wins the game.

Spinner Dominos

Spinners is a domino variant that has two major differences from standard dominoes: 1) some of the dominoes have a wild symbol for one of the faces (there is also a double wild domino) and 2) double dominoes are built off of in four directions.

UNO Dominos

Each player draws 6 Domos. The player with the highest starting double goes first. After the starting doublet is placed on the table, each player in turn tries to match by color, number or word. The words on the Domos add excitement to the game by reversing the direction of play, skipping the next player or instruction the next player to draw a certain number of additional Domos. The first player to get rid of his Domos is the winner.

4 Get it

4 Get It is a domino-style board game where you try to build squares of the same colour – or squares that are composed of all four distinct colours. Each square is claimed by placing a token onto it.
Each tile shows two colours (some tiles are of course doubles) and two symbols. When laying down a tile it’s colour must only match the colour of one of the adjacent tiles on the board.
Some suggested variants allow for different levels in the game. Some involve the use of the symbols, others the use of a 6D die limiting the possible moves in a turn.


From Continuum Games website:
Animoes takes the classic game of dominos and makes it easy for children as young as three to play. Instead of dots, each piece contains cute animal characters. Children match animals as they play.
Animoes offers a unique twist at the end of the game. The player who has played all of their pieces first, becomes the “Spin Master”. The “Spin Master” spins the spinner board until an animal is identified. The player to the right of the “Spin Master” must act like the animal the spinner has identified. If the spinner lands on the Duck, the next player must act like a Duck – quack like a duck, walk like a Duck and do whatever he/she thinks a Duck would do. It is a great way to end the game laughing!
The pieces are oversized (4″ x 2″ – perfect for little hands) and dishwasher safe.
36 Game Safe Custom Plastic Tiles (8 Different Animals) Spinner Board


Welcome to the world of Aya, the goddess of water. You will embark on a journey up the river to seek out nature’s treasures and marvel at the variety of landscapes and animals that emerge as you glide along. Be clever and cooperate for the best photos so that you can share your incredible journey! Create and discover a new world each time you play with family and friends.

In Aya, you have to cooperate to connect as many landscape tiles and animal photo tokens as possible to arrange a chain of dominoes placed upright one after another. At the end of the game, they will fall onto each other, each one toppling the next – in a cascade effect – to reveal the ultimate number of landscapes and animals and bring back the greatest photos. Working as a team, the players try to score as many points as possible.

Combat Dominoes

Combat Dominoes is a battle against the enemy’s dominating dominoes in order to build a base and gain intelligence. Infantry and special-ops dominoes are used in the fight to defeat the enemy in the domino warfare action.

Gameplay is similar to traditional domino games like All-Fives. The player with the highest double places it on the table facing horizontally. This becomes a separator that divides each player’s base. On their turn, each player can place a domino only on their side of the divider, unless the other player runs out of viable plays, in which case their base becomes open to invasion by the opposing player.

Dominoes with blank ends have unique special-ops graphics printed on them. When special-ops dominoes are played, one of several events can occur, such as swapping domino tiles with the opposing player, or engaging in domino “combat.”
The first player to shed all their dominoes wins the round. Points are tallied by adding up the number of pips from the dominoes still remaining in the loser’s hand. The first player to accumulate 100 points wins the game.

Face a Face

Get rid of your cards by finding words that start with the same letter!
Two teams of players face each other and play at the same time. Players must place cards like dominoes. Each card has 4 drawings. A card can be placed next to another, provided that the 2 drawings that face each other correspond to words that start with the same letter. For example, a tractor next to a television: “tractor – television!” The first team to have played all his cards wins.


Clustered is an easy-to-learn strategy card game that is fun for the whole family! During the game, players will make moves according to the symbols on the cards in their hands. The symbols on Clustered cards vary by shape, fill type, and number. Challenge your pattern recognition skills by playing cards that share attributes in common with neighboring cards on the board. Carefully choose where to play in order to either score points for yourself or block your opponents from doing so. Each card you cluster together in a row or a square will get you a point. Simply score more points than the other players to win. It’s anyone’s game until the last card is played!

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