Saturday, April 7. 2007
Mancala is a board game familly, originated in East Africa. The word "Mancala"
came from arabic word "naqalah" that means literaly "To move". GP2XMancala
is the "Awari" variant, and even if the rule of this game is simple,
the complexity can be compared to chess Game.
The AI is based on the source code of H. Huseby & G.T. Lines, for their
implementation of the classical Minimax algorithm.
GP2XMancala is a port of my PSP version.
Big big thanks to Julien who ported my PSP GnuGO to GP2X
How to use it ? Everything is in the README.txt file.
Sources are included, and this package is under the GNU public license,
read COPYING.txt file for more information about it.
How to play ? Here is the rules available from awari.cs.vu.nl :
Awari is played on a board where each player owns 6 pits. In the initial
position, all pits are filled with four stones, thus the initial position has
The player to move chooses one of its own, nonempty pits and removes all
stones from the pit. The player then sows the stones, counterclockwise, over
the remaining pits.
If the last stone is sown into an enemy pit that contains 2 or 3 stones
after sowing, the stones are captured.
In this case, if the second last pit is also an enemy pit that contains 2 or
3 stones, they are captured as well, and this process is repeated clockwise,
until the own pit, or an enemy pit containing less than 2 or more than 3
stones is reached.
The player who captures most stones, wins the game. The game end when a
player cannot move, however, to avoid such a situation early in the game, it
is not allowed to do a move that leaves the opponent without countermove,
unless all moves eradicate the opponent.
Special thanks to all GP2X-SDK developpers.
If you want to discuss on this homebrew, you can do it here :
If you want to discuss on this homebrew you'd better do it here :
zx81's forum on dcemu network
Since i can't answer you on www.gp32x.com (my account has been blocked ). A kind of welcome joke or anti spam stuff ?
UPDATE2 : gp32x.com issue seems to be fixed now ...
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This is a great game! Gets me in the Holliday mood (always played this game in the sand with shells)
Added a link at the newssection at gp2x.info forums.
Nice game Zx, thank you for the port.
two comments about the game
1. Are we supposed to count the captured stones ourself, I'm not seeing any counter? When the game ends I'm puzzled who won.
2. Once my gp2x hang after exit the game
I look forward to playing this. News posted to gpxile.com.
By the way. GP32x has a script that picks accounts that it thinks are spam accounts when signed up and freezes them, I believe this has happened to your account
GP32x was hit pretty hard with spam before. So I guess its' spam filter is a real tight arse lol
GP2X-Mancala has been added to LinuxLinks.com
i have tried out your game and its pretty cool!
as part of a project i am doing i re compiled the source code of your game and copied the new .gpe onto the GP2X
it starts up the game but it does not allow me to select anything or move to different options
i am totally new to this and to development in general so not sure why this is happening
do i need some libraries or something?