The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play,
either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to
orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a
This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
This is a game for one player. You will need a game-board like
the one shown here, so either print one off or draw one up
yourself. (If you draw one, start by drawing the outside square,
then the diagonals, then fill in the rest of the lines).
You will also need 12 counters (or coins, or buttons). Put a
counter on every place that the lines cross, except the very
The aim of the game is to remove all the counters except
one. You remove a counter by jumping over it, along a
line, and landing in a spare spot. This is the only way you can
move a counter. So that means that your very first move will land
in the centre spot, because that's the only spare spot to start
It's not as easy as it sounds to end up with just one counter.
If you're not careful you'll be stuck with two or three counters
and no way to move.
The real challenge is to end with the last counter in
the centre spot.
The idea for this game came from the collection of John Cuthbert
of Gillbrook Technology College, Middlesbrough.