By Paul Hudson
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As featured by Apple in "New and Noteworthy" and "Staff Favorites", and the #1 selling Mancala game on the App Store!
In Russia they call it Kalah, in Nigeria it's called Oko, in Malaysia it's called Congkak, but most of the world knows it as Mancala: the strategy board game that many believe to be the oldest game in the world. If you've never played it before, Mancala will take you just minutes to learn, but it will take a lifetime to master as you need to exercise good judgement, patience and lateral thinking with every move.
Mancala! is the most polished Mancala game on the App Store, featuring:
- Stunning high-definition graphics that bring the game to life before you, including retina-display graphics for iPhone 4 and 4s users.
- Beautiful soundtrack that blends ethnic music with a modern feel, plus original sound effects.
- Built-in video teaching first-timers how to play.
- Play against a friend, or try the computer player with three difficulty settings.
- Set your own options to make your favourite game.
- It's a universal app - buy it once, and play on all your iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches!
Please get in touch on Twitter @twostraws to let us know what you think - we'd love to make Mancala! even better with your suggestions!
Still not sure? Here are just a few reviews from users:
"Very few people seem to know how to play this game, so I am grateful for the iPad app. The colors are nice, the graphics are very clear. Love the music and the sounds. This is honestly one of the best purchases I have ever made. This is a game I will play over and over. Hats off to the developer!" - Lostingames
"This is just like playing the original game down to the sound of the marbles. Definitely a favorite!" - allbean32
"Mancala is a time-honored game that's easy to learn, fun to play and can be quick paced. This app is gorgeous and well done. Good tutorial, too. Get it. You'll enjoy it." - Mtnmedic64
"This app is beautifully presented and captures the game perfectly. As an app, there's very little room for improvement" - Apidaya
"Finally - We discovered mancala while travelling and IMHO this is the perfect game for iPad. Simple but deep, the game itself is ace and this version's AI is perfectly pitched at medium - demanding but not deep blue. two player just works. I'd recommend this to mancala fans or newbies." - Grifter101
"Noticed this in the Noteworthy section of the store and grabbed it straight away. My wife and I are great Mancala fans, and this is the best virtual interpretation we've found. Very very playable and makes great use of the iPad's capabilities." - Degsy314
"For those of you old computer geeks like myself, you might remember this game as a game within a game from Quest for Glory 3: Wages of War, or you might just be looking for a fun time waster, and this is it!" - Matthew110607
"Great game. Very easy to pick up but you can spend hours learning the finer points." - Lorrana
*** ALSO TRY ***
If you liked Mancala HD, you should try our other games: Jungle Pairs, Jewel Jam HD, Snow*, Switcharoo, Pass the Parcel and Brain Party - all on the App Store!
What's New in Version 2.0
This free update adds support for iPhone and iPod Touch, which means you can download the app for free on all your devices if you already purchased the iPad version! If you have an iPhone 4 or 4s, we hope you enjoy the gorgeous retina-display graphics.
Also fixed is a glitch where the game would sometimes refuse to restart when playing against an AI who went first.
*** NEW! *** If you enjoy Mancala!, you'd love Jungle Pairs - our great new memory game for kids is now available for iPhone and iPad!
I've been searching for a Mancala app that's actually worth paying for ever since I got my iPhone almost a year ago. Every single Mancala app I've come across was either not worth the money, not in retina display, or so awfully made I was surprised it even made it onto the App Store. I was about to give up, but then I found this app.
Let's just say I'm extremely surprised this app only costs $0.99, as it's easily worth more. It's a very well made app with top notch graphics and smooth game play. So many Mancala apps don't have the classic game board and marbles, opting instead to force players to use ugly game boards and stupid looking pieces. All I wanted was an app that was the closest thing to the real game as an app can get, and this app definitely delivered that. I love the game board and marbles and everything else about the app so much. The app is perfect and I hope the developer never changes a thing.
If you're looking for a classic, well made Mancala app, this is the one to get. It's perfect in every way and definitely worth the money.
The graphics and audio quality are nice. The game board and stones should be a little brighter (they are a little dim, and therefore mildly straining on my eyes). The AI seems to respond to my moves with the same move every time. I've figured out a pattern where I can defeat the computer 29-19 (playing four stones) every single game on the Med and Hard modes, and I can defeat the computer on Easy 25-23 every game. I don't play Easy mode very often, so I don't care much about increasing the score differential. Since this app is my introduction to the game of Mancala, I find this predictability quite boring after several games. I've recently purchased a real bored and I'm anxious to compete against a human opponent. It appears this game (actual board and stones) offers a complex game tree with countless outcomes. This app did get me initially interested in the game, however, it doesn't continue to challenge me. Since it was a good introduction, I would recommend it and consider it to be useful but predictable.
Fun, challenging, very informative
My kids started playing with a physical mancala board, and then I bought this app because it's portable.
As a bonus, it provides a nice, clear exposition of the rules. Given the nearly bottomless complexity of the game, the designer can be excused for not including a sequence of tutorials for how to strategize. It's better to jump in and learn by doing, and this makes that super accessible.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jan 07, 2012
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 40.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Paul Hudson
- © 2011 Paul Hudson
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.