Mancala is played with seven pits -- six playing pits
plus one score pit, the Kalaha -- per player. At the beginning of
the game, each of the (12) playing pits contains 3 seeds (or beads or
stones or balls or whatever). To play, the player chooses one pit from which
to "sow" the seeds. Each seed in the pit is then placed, one at a time,
into the successive pits, moving counter-clockwise around the board.
Seeds placed in a Kalaha are points for that player.
Seeds are not sown in the opponent's Kalaha. If the
last seed in a play is placed in the player's own Kalaha, they
get another turn. If the last seed is placed in an empty pit on
their own side of the board, then they Capture
the seeds in the opposite (their opponent's) pit. All captured seeds, as
well as the capturing piece, are placed in the player's Kalaha.
The game ends when all of the pits on one side of the board are empty.
The player with seeds remaining gets to put them into their
Kalaha. The winner is the player with the most seeds.
To play, first select a difficulty level. The new computer player has
three settings: "Easy", "Intermediate", and "Difficult".
Enter a name that will appear on the
Mancala Scoreboard, if you do well
enough, and press the "Play Mancala" button. Good luck!