Mancala

System: Nintendo Switch Release date: 25/03/2021

Classic board game created with passion for fans of mancala but also those who are going to start playing.

Choose one of the modes:

* single player mancala and play against an AI opponent

* two-player mode and challenge your friend

Play with the AI and choose one of the five levels of difficulty:

- beginner,

- easy,

- medium,

- hard,

- expert.

Whether you're a beginner and prefer simple mancala or an expert and prefer to play mancala hard, in our game you will find different mancala levels. During the game you can see which level you are playing at.

At the beginning, only an easy level is unlocked. To unlock the mancala levels you need to win at the previous, simpler level. Practice and unlock all levels of difficulty!

Are you a master of Mancala? Be the grandmaster and beat your records at every of the five levels.

TIP: You can touch and hold stones on your or your opponent's side to see how far they'll go. Thanks to the highlighted cups now it's easier to find the best move!

Undo your moves

Have you made a mistake? Undo your move by using a back arrow placed below the gameboard and try new tactics.

Hints

If you need a hint on how to best make your next move, use a lightbulb placed below the gameboard. The hints will help you learn the most successful game strategies, they will be great for beginners and more experienced mancala players.

Settings and Tutorial

You can choose language and turn on / off sound or music effects.

Looking for a quick guide concerning the mancala rules? Use our tutorial - you will find it in Settings, just click on a question mark.

Mancala Rules

The game board consists of two rows. Each player owns six cups or holes and one reservoir, a large cup also named mancala zone. At the beginning of the game, the player finds four stones (or pieces) in every cup.

Players put stones repeatedly in a counterclockwise direction. To begin, the player takes the stones from any cup on his side of the game board - leaving empty this cup that he has already taken the stones. The player put pieces through all twelve cups and his mancala zone (which is on the right of the gameboard) but not the opponent's reservoir (on the left of the gameboard).

Go-again play

If the last stone lands in your reservoir, the turn is yours and you can take another move.

Cross-capture

If the last stone lands in an empty cup on your side of the board and there is one or more stones in the adjacent hole on your opponent's side of the mancala board, you capture these opponent's stones and yours last one.

End of the game

The game ends if all six cups on the side of each player are empty. The one who has more pieces captured in his mancala zone wins.

Different names of Mancala games

Games from the same group have various rules and names. The most popular ones are:

- Mancala Bao - a complex strategy game of Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Comoros, Malawi and some areas of Burundi. The board size is 4×8.

- Mancala Kalah - known as the children's game. The board size is 2×6 with reservoirs.

- Kalaha Mancala - played in the central part of Africa.

- Oware or Awele also known as Ayo, Awari, Ouri or J’odu. This is the national game of Ghana. The board is 2×6 with reservoirs.

What you need to know

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Multiplayer requires one compatible controller per player. Additional controllers (sold separately) may be required.

Categories

Board Game, Arcade, Puzzle, Strategy

Players

1 - 2

Publisher

CC Games

Age rating

Nintendo Switch download software

System

Nintendo Switch

Release date

25/03/2021

Age rating

PEGI 3

Controllers

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Languages

English, Spanish

Download size

191.00 MB