It’s time to get away from Ludo and play this exciting game instead
While you can engage in games using iMessage with your friends for quite a while but the need to do it has never been more urgent than in this year. Everybody is looking for ways to communicate with friends online and stay out of their heads.
If you too tried all the standard games a try and are seeking something different then look no further. Mancala could be the perfect game that is right for you. If you’ve played it before as an old-fashioned board game, then great! You’ll enjoy the same enjoyment playing it on your smartphone. If not then you’re in for a delight while learning how to play this game . You’ll also enjoy playing with your pals while doing it.
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How to get Mancala in iMessage
Mancala is available in the App Store if you wish to play the game without iMessage. However, if you attempt to locate it on the iMessage App Store you’ll be left with nothing.
Yet, you could believe that everyone is using it on iMessage. This is because you’re looking to find the incorrect thing. Visit the Messages app and open any iMessage chat either new or existing.
Tap the “App Drawer icon to the left side of the messaging textbox.
App drawers will be displayed below the toolbar. Click the App Store icon in the drawer and you will be able to access to the App Store for the iMessage app.
Click the Search icon and type in ‘GamePigeon’ to search GamePigeon’ on the App Store.
Click the “Get” button to download the application.
Close your App Store and then return to your messages. The GamePigeon app will be displayed in the app drawer. You can swipe left and right in the app drawer to browse through the apps. Click on the symbol for GamePigeon to launch it.
The list of games available will appear. Tap Mancala for the game Mancala in iMessage in conversation with another person who is in the conversation.
How to Play Mancala
It is possible to play Mancala on iMessage with two other players in two different modes: Capture and Avalanche. The rules for both modes differ only slightly from one another. Select the mode you wish to participate in. Then choose the difficulty level, then transmit the game to the other player. The person who sends the game to the other player must take the second turn.
When your turn is complete, iMessage sends the played move to your opponent so they can take their turn. In iMessage, you can play against your opponent for a short period of time. You can also spread the game out over a longer period of time, in which each player takes part and transmits their moves when they have time.
The fundamentals of the game are the same regardless of which game mode you pick. The game’s board is comprised of two rows. Each row has six holes, referred to by the name of “pockets”. On the other end of the board , on both sides, you will find one large hole, referred to by the name of “mancalas” or “stores”.
The two rows as well as the mancalas are split between the players, for instance each player has a single row and a mancala. Your pockets are the ones that are on your left, as well as your Mancala is located beneath your pockets that appear on your screen. The view of each player is different, which means that your pockets will always be to the left, and your mancala is at the bottom of your iMessage game.
The game has 48 pieces of stone to be found in the game, evenly distributed across each pocket. This means that at the start that each of them contains four stones. Both mancalas are empty.
The objective in the game is put the stones in your mancalas until a row either of them is completely empty. The player with the most stone in the mancalas by time’s end is the winner.
The method of depositing the stones is dependent on the game mode you’re playing in this iMessage game.
Playing Mancala in Capture Mode
The game begins with the first player taps their pocket. The stones that are in the pocket are then dropped one at a time in the pockets next to them counter-clockwise. Imagine you tap the third pocket of your row. Then, one stone will be dropped into your fourth pocket the fifth pocket and sixth pocket, followed by your mancala, and finally the pockets of your opponent similarly until there are no stones remaining.
If there are still stones left after dropping one stone at a time in all the pockets of your opponent, the stones are tossed to your pockets once more. However, they do not go through the mancala of your opponent. This means that you can’t put a stone in the mancala of your opponent and increase their number. Therefore, you won’t need to be concerned about it.
If you fall the final stone from your mancala, you’ll get another turn for free or your opponent will get their turn.
What’s different about the capture mode is that if you drop the final stone into a pocket that is empty to your left, that stone, along with all stones that are in the pocket adjacent to it (i.e. the opponents’ pocket) are put into your mancala. This is referred to by the name Capturing.
Capturing increases the odds of winning significantly particularly if you have many stones in the pocket of your opponent.
Your turn is over regardless of whether you take certain stones. The game is over when one row empty, and the player who has the largest number of stone in his mancala is the winner. After the game is over, all stones left in the pockets of the other player are transferred to the mancalas of their opponents. If, after the game they have greater stones that you do do, they’ll win.
Playing Mancala in Avalanche Mode
Avalanche Mode within iMessage Mancala includes a lot of the same features similar to Capture Mode however there are some important distinctions. The most obvious difference is that there isn’t any capture or capturing of stones.
In the same way as Capture Mode players taps their pocket for the stone to be moved. The game drops stones one by one into the adjacent pockets in a counter-clockwise direction.
The main difference between HTML0 and Avalanche Mode is that the turn will end when you drop the stone in the empty pockets. For example, when you tap the third pocket on the row you are in, it will deposit stones from the fifth and fourth pockets, then in and sixth pocket to your left and then into your mancala, then in the pockets of your opponent and so on. If you place the final stone into pockets that contain more stones, then the turn continues. It doesn’t matter if the pocket that wasn’t empty was yours or that of the opponent’s, the turn will continue regardless of the outcome.
The longer you play during the Avalanche mode the more stones you’ll throw in your mancala. The odds of winning are higher.
The game will continue until you have dropped the final stone in the mancala or a pocket that is empty. If you pass from your opposing side to yours you will be able to skip the mancala of your opponent.
If you place the final stone in your mancala you’ll be granted a free turn. If you don’t you’ll get to take their turn.
The game is over when both rows are empty. The player who has the largest number of stone in the mancala is the winner. After the game is over the remaining stones in the pockets of the other player are transferred directly into their own mancala. These stones are used to determine who will win at the end of the game.
The iMessage Mancala, you don’t need to move the stones by yourself. The game will move the stones automatically for you. It is all you need to do is tap the pocket you wish for the stones to be moved from to start the movement.
Mancala is an activity that requires strategizing beforehand to be successful. Playing with your family or friends via iMessage will not only be an enjoyable pastime, but it will be an excellent exercise for your brain too.