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How Dominoes Has Spread to the Online World

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The past decade has seen a growing trend of classic games being converted into digital formats. There is a multitude of sites giving people the chance to play chess against opponents on the other side of the world and Words With Friends has given the game of Scrabble a new lease of life, so it is no surprise to see that the game of dominoes has similarly made the transition from physical pastime to the online world.

The power of the internet means that an individual can strike up a game of dominoes at any time, a far cry from the days where you had to arrange to meet other players and bring physical equipment. A site like Dominoes Playdrift allows players to either seek out other human opponents or access a single player mode, in which many features can be customized to create the ideal domino experience.

Something for everyone

An individual at Playdrift can change how many opponents they want, ranging from one to three, or opt to play in a 2 vs 2 format. Players can also choose whether they want to play All-Fives, All-Threes, Draw or Block. The level of computer players can also be shifted, so there is something for everyone from novices to experts.

This is just one of many sites that offer similar online experiences. The Dominoes title from Random Salad Games can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, with the domino action taking place on a classy table setting as it might do in real life. Another option is playspace, which allows users to download an app to take the game on the go. Its links to Facebook also facilitate easier connectivity with friends who have the app, so players will never be short of a familiar opponent.

The wide availability of dominoes in online formats is similar to that of roulette. Both of these games might have seemed unsuitable candidates to provide the inspiration of online gaming a couple of decades ago, but both have taken to it like a duck to water. Every major online gaming provider offers roulette, while the development of technology means that there is a growing range of variants of the standard game.


By using high-definition graphics and live professionals as dealers, providers can now offer an immersive online roulette experience that will have players forgetting that they are not in fact in a Las Vegas casino. The development of live roulette games means that players can have the ease of online gaming merged with the appeal of physical roulette, with many versions of online dominoes able to strike a similar balance between convenience and community.

A social activity

The appeal of physical dominoes is not only in its tangible nature but also in the ability to read and interact with your opponents. By offering chat functions, online dominoes can bring back the social and competitive element that adds a whole new dimension of excitement to the game.

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Dominoes is classically a game shared by friends and family, so the setup at Pogo seeks to recreate that atmosphere in an online format. The ability to add friends and monitor your high scores helps to foster a sense of light-hearted competition, while the option to create an ‘Amazing Mini’ allows players to customize their online avatar.

This is a refreshing touch, especially when geography separates friends and family from being able to share in a physical game of dominoes. By using chat functions and creating avatars, people’s personalities can shine through. This can also lead to the development of new friendships, as people will recognize regular opponents through their username and their avatar.

Dominoes has even been integrated into otherwise unrelated games. Recent smash hit Red Dead Redemption 2 incorporates some domino challenges, with players navigating the open world able to stumble across some secretive domino tables. By clearing their hand first, players can succeed at the challenge and make a step towards completing the game in its entirety.

The universality of dominoes has ensured its longevity and its prevalence, with people of all ages able to access the game on some level. It will be interesting to see how the timeless appeal of dominoes continues to be adapted to shift with technological developments. Its inclusion in Red Dead Redemption 2 will expose a new generation of players to the classic game. If they do turn to the internet for a domino-specific game, then they will not be disappointed by the array of options available.





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