Mexican Train Board Game: Fun Addicting Domino Game Good for Groups

What Is Mexican Train?

Mexican Train is so much fun it's hard to stop playing! Mexican Train is a truly addicting domino game for 2 to 8 players. Rather than the standard six-dot domino, Mexican Train uses 12-dot dominoes. The point of the game, which can stretch over 12 rounds, is to be the first in each round to play all of the dominoes in your hand.

You keep score in Mexican Train by counting the number of "points" or dots on the dominoes in your hand that remain unplayed at the end of each round. As in Hearts, the point of Mexican Train is to end each round with the fewest points possible left in your hand.

Because Mexican Train is a strategy game, Mexican Train is best suited to adults and older children — over 8 years old is probably best. A game of Mexican Train can go on for some time, or you can play an abbreviated version. Mexican Train is a wonderful game for family get-togethers and holidays as it breeds fun competition and easy laughs. Mexican Train requires some concentration and strategy but not so much attention that you can't have enjoyable conversations (and trash talking) as you play. The game is pretty easy; you will be surprised at how quickly you become hooked!

Mexican Train is also great for group gatherings because it can be learned quickly. First timers and experienced Mexican Trainers can play together, and both have an equal shot at winning.

Good settings and uses for Mexican Train

Mexican Train is a fantastic group game that is as fun for first-timers as it is for old hands. It adds fun competition and an easy focus for family gatherings, house parties, reunions and game nights.

Mexican Train makes a great hostess gift. It is also a great present for a son-in-law or for parents-in-law. Clubs and bars should keep a game on hand, since Mexican Train is a wonderfully social game that appeals to all kinds of players.

Truly, this is a game that appeals to just about anyone. Easy to learn, fun to play and great for a wide range of ages — Mexican Train might be the ideal game for a group.

Each player has a train, or a line of dominoes they get to play. The highest double in a player's hand starts play, and that domino is placed in the middle of the Mexican Train "hub."
Each player has a train, or a line of dominoes they get to play. The highest double in a player's hand starts play, and that domino is placed in the middle of the Mexican Train "hub."
If a player can't go, they must draw a domino from the pile. At that point, other players can play on their train.
If a player can't go, they must draw a domino from the pile. At that point, other players can play on their train.
Late in a round of Mexican Train: The dominoes have piled up!
Late in a round of Mexican Train: The dominoes have piled up!

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