Oware

$69 each
Game Pieces

Currently Unavailable

Specifications

2
30 Minutes

OVERVIEW: Challenge your mathematical genius with Oware, the original Mancala game from the Akan peoples of Ghana. Unlike fighting-based strategy games, Oware is not about knocking out your opponent or preventing them from playing. In fact, taking a turn that would prevent your opponent from playing forfeits all your profits. Instead, plan strategies that gain you the most pieces and leave as little as possible for your opponent. The ability to think strategically, and plan as many moves ahead as possible is essential to win this abstract, seed-sowing game!

ORIGINS: Africa 5000BCE

AUTHENTICITY: 100% *What we changed: Oware is a well documented game that required no modifications from us!

HISTORY: Oware is a Mancala-family game from the Akan people of Ghana. Mancala is estimated to be over 7,000 years old, dating back to 5000 BCE The name "Oware" translates to "he marries" in Akan. It started with seeds and holes dug into the dirt. And it spread from community to community; taking root, growing, changing in name and rules. The game became a court tradition and was made from exotic woods, ivory, and gold. It is sometimes claimed that the name "Oware" originated from Katakyie Opoku Ware I, the "Empire Builder" of the Ashanti Confederacy. Legend holds that Opoku Ware I would require married couples on the verge of separating to play the game, which invariably created an unbreakable bond between them.


Oware is presented in a suede leather pouch that unfolds to reveal a beautifully etched game board and luxury playing pieces. The rule booklet is made of an extremely durable composite paper laced onto the satin drawstring.

This compact take-anywhere / play-anywhere format ensures that your new game will always be accessible. The natural materials make this game stand out and are sure to be noticed. The patterns and imperfections on each piece and board add beauty and authenticity and also ensure that each copy is unique.

  • Durable, Portable, and hand-made in the USA using LASER technology and natural materials
  • Includes an 11" suede leather board with satin drawstring cord, attached rule booklet, and 48 playing pieces of assorted colors
    (colors will vary)