Quick Look: Mancala, per Wikipedia, "is a generic name for a family of two-player turn-based strategy board games played with small stones, beans, or seeds and rows of holes or pits in the earth, a board or other playing surface. The objective is usually to capture all or some set of the opponent's pieces. Versions of the game date back to the 7th century and evidence suggests the game existed in Ancient Egypt. It is among the oldest known games to still be widely played today.
On Roku, Mancala Game is played on a board with two rows of six pits per row as shown in the sreenshot below. Four playing pieces are placed in each of the 12 holes. Each player has a "store" to the right side of the Mancala board. Here is how to play:
- The game begins with one player picking up all of the pieces in any one of the holes on that player's side.
- The player then deposits one of the stones into each pit and that player's own store until the stones run out. (Skip over your opponent's store.)
- If your last piece in any move is dropped into a player's own store, the player gets a free turn.
- If a player drops a piece in an empty pit on the player's own side, the player captures that piece plus any pieces in the pit directly opposide that hole.
- All pieces captured by a player are placed in that player's store.
- When all six spaces on one side of the board are empty, the game ends and the player with pieces remaining captures all of those pieces. The winner is the player with the most pieces in the store.
Two players can play Mancala Game, or a single player can play against the Roku.
-- Information is current as of April 28, 2021
Developer's Channel Description: Mancala is a generic name for a family of two-player turn-based strategy board games played with small stones and rows of holes or pits on a board. The objective is usually to capture all or some set of the opponent's pieces.
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