Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dominique (1980)

Dominique (1980)


5.86667 out of 10 with 15 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
Abstract Game Rank: Not Ranked


44 tiles, each having three coloured spots are shuffled and placed face down. There are four different colours of spots. Two tiles of each colour are 'triples' and have three spots the same. The remaining tiles are all unique, and each colour has exactly 33 spots.

Each player picks three tiles and a player is chosen to start the game. Play is simple, place a tile to the table on either side of an already placed tile. Once a row of 11 tiles is formed, a new row must be started. The player then draws to refill his hand to three.

Whenever three or more spots of a colour exist, a player scores one point for each spot, diagonal lines count double. A player who plays a 'triple' automatically gains at least three points.

The game ends when four rows have been completed... all 44 tiles are played. The player who scored the highest total wins.

In the German version, Domingo (published by Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH), there are 48 tiles, but the game otherwise appears to be identical.

  • Designer: Kenneth Rand
  • Publisher: (Self-Published), Great Games, Inc., Otto Maier Verlag, Samuel Ward Co.
  • Year Published: 1980
  • Number of Players: 2 - 4
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 7
  • Playing Time: 30
  • Language Dependence: No necessary in-game text
  • Honors: 1984 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
  • Subdomain: Abstract Games
  • Category: Abstract Strategy
  • Mechanic: Pattern Building, Tile Placement
  • Alternate Names: Domicolor, Domingo, Dominique, tas tas


I want to find this game to give as a gift.

Sounds interesting. I may be willing to trade for a copy.

6 out of 10
Not a bad -- but not great -- abstract tile-laying game. With the ability to have more choice as to where you place your piece on your turn, this game could really shine.

6 out of 10
I'm not much for abstract designs, but this game kind of grows on you... planning ahead is the key to forming triples on subsequent rows, but with only 3 tiles in hand it can get quite tricky. I recently played this one again, and my rating has gone up slightly...

8 out of 10
A neat little two-player abstract that I suspect will be good with 4 players as well. One of the keys is to get as many doubles as possible and to plan ahead with forward-looking moves.

7 out of 10
House rule for 2 player game: whoever plays a triple card can choose to play another one immediately. This will avoid the same player being allowed to start the next row each time.

5 out of 10
tactical tile placing game. place tiles with three colored dots and score lines of the same color.

3 out of 10
Extremely limited choices, especially with 2 or 4 players.

Cannibalized for parts


German First Edition 1984 Otto Maier Verlag. Shrinkwrapped.

Haven't played it in at least thirty years, doubt I will start now.

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