Mancala Game Rules


Object of the game

Have most stones in your mancala after all the stones on one side of the gameboard are captured.


Players sit opposite to each other with the gameboard in between.

The Mancala 'board' is made up of two rows of six holes or pits.

The six small holes on your side of the gameboard belong to you.

Each player places 4 stones of every color in each of his 6 small cups.

Your scoring cup or store (a.k.a. mancala) is to your right.

Game Play

Choose a player to start and he will pick up all the pieces in any one of the holes on his side.

In a counter-clockwise direction, deposit one stone into each hole (including your mancala), but not your opponent's mancala until he run out of stones.

If you run into your own store, deposit one stone in it. If you run into your opponent's store, skip it.

If the last stone you drop is in your own store, you get a free turn.

After you do this and capture any stones, your turn is over.

The game continues with players alternating turns.

Capture a stone

If you place the last stone if your turn into an empty hole on your side of the board, you capture all of the pieces in the hole directly across from it on your opponent's side of the board.

Take all the captured stones and place them in your mancala.

The winner

As soon as all the small six holes on one side of the board have been emptied, the game ends.

The player who still has stones on his side of the board when the game ends captures all of those stones too.

The players now count their stones in their mancala and the player with the most stones wins the game.