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.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
A game somewhat similar to 'noughts and crosses' on a much larger
This game is taken from a book of board games for 2 players by
Frank Tapson and Alan Parr called 'Pick a Pair'. You need some
counters or coins for the crocodiles and alligators in this
One player has 9 crocodiles on the spots and crocodiles can move
one square at a time in any direction.
The other player has 9 alligators on the stars. Alligators can
move 1 or 2 squares at a time but onlyparallel to the sides of the
squares and not horizontally or vertically through the corners of
The 3 green squares are islands.
Players take turns moving their pieces and the object of the
game is for a player to be the first to get one of his pieces on
each of the three islands.
Only one piece is allowed in any square. If one piece lands on
another, then the piece landed on is removed. There is no jumping.
These rules apply in the green squares as well.