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Oware is more similar to a deck of cards than a single board game with limitless options of gameplay. The game is played in different ways around the world. Some methods are sophisticated whiles others are as easy as a quick game of cards.
Oware is not only fun for adults but also educational for children, as it involves arithmetic to strategically beat your opponent!
Mesfn play’s version of Oware is modernized with features to give various options of play. Not only can you learn the variants but in our version, we've added the Mesfn marbles. Two red marbles that players can incorporate into any of the variants for an earlier win. First player to capture 12 marbles including both red marbles wins.
Oware is an abstract strategy game among the Mancala family of board games (pit and pebble games) played worldwide with slight variations. Its variants have many names - referred to many as Mancala, Ayo Ayoayo (Yoruba), Awale (Ivory Coast), Wari (Mali), Warri (Caribbean), Tegre (Ethiopia), Sungka (Philippines), and more.
Oware is derived from the Akan word, Aware, meaning Marriage. The game is itself a legend told by the Akan people; Just as marriage is a never ending commitment, so is the game.
Historically, the game began by digging holes in the ground, using palm kernels as marbles. Eventually, it elevated to the royalties of Ashanti and Denkyira people of Ghana. Kings and Queens would play on beautiful ivory boards embellished with gold.
Traditionally, oware is played between two players. This game reflects traditional African social values of engaging which encourages spectators to participate by advising and commenting on players moves, making it the most social two-player abstract game.