Mancala is an ancient African game that has been played for centuries. There are various versions of Mancala, yet all involve moving stones or shells around a board. Played by two players, the game aims to collect the most stones in the player's store.
The game board generally consists of two rows of six holes, although variations exist in some versions. Each player has a designated store placed at the far right or left of the rows.
The game starts with each hole being seeded with a certain amount of stones. Players take turns moving the stones and dropping one in each subsequent hole while following specific rules.
In some versions of Mancala, if the last stone a player drops is placed in his store, he may move again, giving the player an advantage.
Stones can also be captured when landing in an empty hole, as long as the hole on the opposite side contains stones owned by the opponent.
Some versions allow for capturing multiple stones in one move if multiple holes are empty and the opposite holes contain stones.
At the end of the game, the player who collected the most stones is declared the winner.
Aside from the original gameplay, some versions involve different strategies, including trapping the opponent's stones, eliminating certain rows, or capturing all of the opponent's stones.
Mancala games come in a variety of sizes and materials, such as wood, plastic, or pottery.
several variations of Mancala rules can be invented when playing the game.
Mancala is a game of strategy and patience and can be a great way to have fun and enjoy time with family or friends.