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  • Mancala board
  • 48 multi-colored animals
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Collect the most animals by the end of the game.


Refer to Illustration 1 as you set up and play the game.

Place the gameboard between both players as shown. The 6 pockets in front of you make up your playing area. The large pocket- called the Mancala - to your right is yours.

Place 4 animals (colors do not matter) in each of the 12 smaller pockets.

Beginner's Version: Play Mancala by starting out with just 3 animals in each pocket.

Game Play

One player starts the game by removing the animals in any one of his own pockets and placing one in each pocket, starting with the next pocket to the right. Include your Mancala as a space as you place the animals in the pockets.

If there are enough animals to go past your Mancala, continue placing them into your opponent's pockets. However, skip his Mancala when placing animals.

If your last animal ends up in your Mancala, you get to take another turn.

In illustration 1, Player A has emptied his #3 pocket and the last animal ended up in his Mancala, allowing him to take another turn.

If the last animal you place lands in an empty pocket on your side of the board, you get to take that animal- plus all of your opponent's animals that are in the opposite pocket - and place them in your own Mancala.

As shown in Illustration 2 Player B has moved the one animal from his pocket #2 into the empty pocket #3. He would now take that animal and the animals that are in A4 and place all those animals in his Mancala. His turn would then end and the next player goes.

End of the Game

The game ends when all six pockets on one side of the gameboard are empty. The other player takes the remaining animals in his pockets and places them in his Mancala. The player who has the most animals in his Mancala wins.

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