What Is A Tile Game? Here Are Some Games That Players Will Know!


Has one ever wondered as to what a tile game or a tile-based game might possibly be? Well it's a game that utilizes tiles as one of its essential elements in the game play.

Originally the early traditional games would involve the use of small tiles that were used for playing pieces in entertainment games or for gambling, however there are now some board games where they use tiles in the creation of the board itself. This gives the opportunity of multiple and varied possibilities for the board layout, or even as far as allowing board geometry changes that can be made whilst the game is in progress.

In a Tile game, each tile has a face side and a back side. A good example of this that everyone would be familiar with is the ancient game of Dominoes. Domino tiles are usually half as wide as they are long, they are rectangular in shape and are least twice the width of their thickness, that said there are also games that use hexagon tiles and triangular tiles, as well even games that use exclusively square tiles.

Looking at some of the distinct group of games, traditional games include: Rummikub, Qwirkle, Quad-Ominos, Dominoes, Chinese Domino games, Anagrams, Mah-jong and of course Scrabble.

The history behind Scrabble, one of the world's favorite word games, all began in 1933, after the Great Depression when an out of work architect by the name of Alfred Butts would invent a game that would take the nation by storm, and would set spirits soaring by the millions. Butts from New York had developed a fascination that took in analysing games and identified three distinct categories.

Games such as Bingo and Dice, games with movable pieces such as Checkers and Chess, and word games the likes of Anagrams. It was Butts idea to combine the thrill of chance as in card games, entwined with crossword puzzle and anagram elements into a scoring word game named Lexico. This would eventually become a top tile game renamed Scrabble in 1948.

Who could have envisaged this game would evolve still further and several decades on be played on a home computer? As they say truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to creating games!