Match numbered tiles to score points, form hexagons, and be the first to go out.
Type: Tile Game
Players: 2-4 players
Game Time: 15 - 30 minutes per round
Developer or Designer: Pressman Toy Corporation
Publisher: Pressman Toy Corporation
Triominos is a family tile game created by the Pressman Toy Corporation in 1965. At its most basic, you can describe it as Dominoes with triangles. It is a favourite among our family, and one of the few that everyone enjoys to play.
Depending on how many players you have, you start the game with between 7 to 9 tiles, all of which will have three numbers on them between 0 - 5. The person who has the triple 5 goes first. If no one has the triple 5, then the triple 4 or so on.
There are two different ways of playing the game; the simplest way has no scoring involved, and this is how my family usually plays. In this mode, if you cannot play a tile on your turn, you have to pick up. It is the first who gets rid of all their tiles first who is the winner.
The scoring version, each turn you score points according to the numbers on your tile. For example, if you have tile with the numbers 4, 3, 1, your score will be 8. It is therefore a good strategy to play your highest scoring tiles first. There are additional way to score points; for example, if you manage to complete a hexagon shape with your played tile, then you score an extra fifty points.
If you cannot go, however, you have to pick up a tile. This incurs a five point penalty, and you have to pick up until you can place a tile. If after three pick ups you still can't go, you lose another ten points, and it is the next player's turn. At the end of the game, the person who gets rid of all their tiles adds the total of the other players' remaining tiles to their score, and the winner is the person with the most points.
Triominos is an old fashioned traditional game, but they are often the best kind, because they are enjoyable and accessible to every generation of the family.