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Note: Mancala is actually a family of games, not a game itself. Since you call the game 'Mancala', I'm going to assume you have a commercial Western version of Mancala, which means you're very likely actually playing Kalah. A move in Mancala always means "take the group of stones from one of your pits, and sow them all again". So yes, it is just "like in ...


You are able to steal if the last piece lands in the hole it came from. From wikipedia: If the last sown seed lands in an empty house owned by the player, and the opposite house contains seeds, both the last seed and the opposite seeds are captured and placed into the player's store. In this case, your last stone is landing in an empty hole on ...


I also grew up playing that way, and I was surprised to find out that the "standard" rules are different! I found a variant that fits that description: Kenyan Bao with laps. "This version of Bao features "laps". When the last seed is sown, if it lands in a hollow with other seeds, the turn continues - the player picks up all the seeds from that hollow and ...


The Mancala variant Oware was strongly solved in 2002. This basically means they have a database with the best move and outcome of all possible positions in the game. The researchers made their database available via a Java applet, but unfortunately, it's offline now.


According to this article, you can capture all 48 turn 1 in avalanche mode if an avalanche triggers on both sides. If you can only place on your side of the board, you can still capture 42 stones on turn 1, which guarantees a victory but not a sweep.


I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but the name is correct. Here is Mangala game available on the AppStore. I haven't played it, so I can't confirm that it's using Turkish variant of the rules rather than the most popular one from Mancala. I guess we have to wait until you introduce a playable game of Mangala! :) Of course if that's what your ...

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