Mancala

We are:

Picking up piles of glass beads


Trying to:

Drop beads in evenly spaced indentations like a modern day Johnny freaking Appleseed.

 Score Board

Family Score:

24.58

Kids' Score:

24.2

Adults' Score:

25

Kids Say:


“What a classic! This reminds me of my childhood, growing up in Ancient Ethiopia in 500 C.E. I have always liked picking up marbles. This is also a legitimate strategy game.”


“This isn’t a board game, so I’m not sure why we’re reviewing it.  It’s more like Chess or Checkers and less like King of Tokyo.”



Adults Say:


“It is said that this game was played by the ancient Egyptians. I have a hard time imagining that someone could play this on the steep slope of a pyramid without all the beads spilling everywhere. As it is, we managed to lose three beads, and had to replace them with Lactaid pills.”


“The game is supremely elegant.  There’s nothing like the hand-feel of perfectly weighted smooth stones as they drop into hollowed out dimples with a satisfying knock. For the sheer hedonistic pleasure of that experience, it’s satisfying to play.  The game also takes about 10 seconds to teach, which is always a plus.”




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