So recently we had a late spring snowstorm. It was crazy! I have to say that I am ready for spring. However, with the late snow came a lovely family weekend. Normally our weekends consist of running between soccer games, church, and softball practices. So the slow, stay at home time we had as a family was rather nice. To top the weekend off we played a fun game I was recently introduced to: Mexican Train Dominoes.
Growing up I knew what dominoes were but had never played them. So when we were given a Mexican Train Domino set for Christmas we dove in and tried it out. What we found was a rather fun game that the whole family enjoyed.
A Game of Chance
What are my thoughts about this game? Well, it was a mix, because, I have to admit, I’m highly competitive. So, when things start going awry I get a little testy. I know, it’s not one of my great points, but there you have it. That being said, I do enjoy seeing my family win and do well. So back to the dominoes game. I say it was a mix because this is a game of chance. You never know what dominoes you are going to draw or how the game will play out. Since it’s more of a game of chance than strategy it makes it difficult to plan a way to win. You will either draw and get lucky or draw and end up in trouble.
Many already know the premise of dominoes, drawing and matching the number of dots, and this works no different. There is 12 rounds of play. Each round starts with the double of that number.
Every player draws 15 dominoes and on their turn starts their “train” going towards them.
They can play as many in their train on the first time they lay down as possible, after that, it’s one domino a turn unless a double is played.
If a player can’t play on an existing train then they can begin the Mexican train if there isn’t one going already.
Once a person plays all his dominoes, each player counts up the number they have left unplayed and that becomes their score that round. After all 12 rounds you total all scores and the lowest score wins.
These are very simplified instructions but should give you an idea of how the game goes.
Mexican Train Dominoes is Definitely Worth the Time to Play It
During our last game of Mexican Dominoes I got a little over competitive. I have to admit. But that didn’t change the fact that it was a lot of fun. This was another game that was simple enough for my 6-year-old to play but challenging enough for the whole family to enjoy. It does take some time so our actual game lasted for a couple of months of playing a round here and playing a round there. But it was well worth the time. It was nice to just sit down and play a round or 2, pick it up, and then play later on until we finally finished all 12 rounds.
So, would I recommend Mexican Train Dominoes as a family game? Yes! I would definitely say it is worth it. Let me know if you try or have ever played Mexican Train Dominoes. If you would like to check it out or get yourself a set feel free to click on the link below. I’d love to know what you thought!
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