Electrum Dominoes is a variation of All Fives (also known as Five-Up or Sniff), using a 28-piece set consisting of one bone with each possible combination of pips from 0-0 through 6-6. Handheld devices aren't suitable for the traditional appearance of an All Fives game; their screens are much too small. Even if the boneyard and opponent's hand were not shown, the possible expansion of the player's hand and the meanderings of the played bones would require so much scrolling as to render the game unplayable. So we came up with a better way. We collapsed the lines of played bones so that only the ends are seen next to the spinner. We moved the rest of the bones to a panel that also contains the bones in your hand. The played bones are added from right to left, bottom to top; the bones in your hand are added from left to right, top to bottom. There's just enough room so they never overlap, and there's almost always a gap between them. And you have just about the same information available to you as you would if you were playing against a human. Twelve optional settings provide for rule variations, and enable the playing of Block games and Draw games. More settings let you choose from five levels of difficulty and control the user interface in a number of ways. Electrum Dominoes can be installed on any device that runs Palm OS; version 2 or later. The executable is only about 28KB in size. On non-color devices, the display appears in glorious monochrome.
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