Morabaraba Online

The origins of the African board game of Morabaraba or Umlabalaba are uncertain. Some claim its a traditional African game thousands of years old whilst others suggest it's a variant of Nine Men's Morris and was imported to South Africa by British settlers. Others claim its origins date back to Roman times. Whatever the truth of the matter, its an extremely popular game, particularly in South Africa where its played by millions and is used to teach herd boys an appreciation for tactical thinking. The playing pieces are called "cows" and are placed at the intersections of the lines on the board. The aim of Morabaraba is to capture ten of your opponent's cows or block his/her cows so they cannot move.

Morabaraba OnlineIf a player is down to two cows or cannot move then the game ends. A draw can be reached if each player is down to three cows and after ten moves neither has captured the other's cow. To start playing Morabaraba each player takes turns to place one of his or her twelve cows on the board. Once all have been placed and the game started, cows can only be moved to an empty adjacent slot unless the player has just three cows left when they can then move to any free place. This is called 'flying'.

If a player gets three cows in a row its called a "mill" and an opponent's cow can then be removed from the board. The strategy kicks in when trying to build mills or block your opponent from doing so. When creating a mill and capturing an opponent's cow, that captured cow can't be in a mill itself unless all of your opponent's cows are part of a mill.

To play this online version of Morabaraba click on an empty intersection to place a piece and to then move it, click on it and then again on the location where you want to move it to. When removing a captured piece just click on it. After you've played Morabaraba why not check out our other African games? We've online versions of the ancient Egyptian game of Senet as well as Oware and Mancala.



 
 
 
 
 
 

Morabaraba Online

Morabaraba Online

Morabaraba Online

Morabaraba Online

 


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Morabaraba Online

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