Mancala Online

Mancala is really a family of games that have broadly the same theme of moving pieces around a board, or holes in the ground. Its origins are not exactly known but Mancala boards have been discovered in Pharaoh temples dating back to at least 1400BCE and today is played by millions across Africa and the Caribbean. This online version of 'Mancala' is a derivative from many of the versions of the game that exist. The aim of Mancala is to collect as many of your opponent's pieces as you can.

Mancala Online Select one of your own trays or "pits" and pick up all its contents then drop them one by one in an anti-clockwise direction into the trays or holes. If the last piece lands in your 'mancala' or 'house' ~ the larger tray to your right ~ you get a further turn.

The game ends when your opponent has no pieces left and any move you make wouldn't provide him with a further piece to move. For example, say you had just two pieces left yourself and you couldn't move either of them one tray to your right into your opponent's play area, then you have won.

The video above explains the rules of Mancala in greater detail, however the above should get you going. It may seem a simple game but its actually quite a mind bender and the cultural equivalent of chess in terms of mental strategy and forward thinking. After you've played this online version of Mancala why not check out and play our other African games. From the ancient Egyptian game of Senet to Morabaraba, these games are played by millions in Africa every day. Also check out Oware, another version of Mancala popular in West Africa.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mancala Online

Mancala Online

Mancala Online

Mancala Online

 
 


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