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.
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.
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.