DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that turn-based strategy games have already existed during the ancient civilizations in places like Greece, Rome, Egypt, and India? Some of the strategy games that have already existed 4000 years ago are Senet which dates back to 3100 BCE, Latrunculi or “Mercenaries” or the Rome's boardgame which is like chess, The Royal Game of Ur or The Game of Twenty Squares” and more.
Meanwhile, one of the oldest strategy games is still played today. This game is popularly known as mancala. It comes from the Arabic word naqala, which means "to move". This turn-based strategy board game is played with rows of holes and small stones or beans. The objective is to capture the set of stones of the opponents. This game has also first appeared in Africa, while Egyptians have also used to enjoy a primitive version of mancala back in 1000 BCE. Some pieces of evidence also claimed that mancala has spread from Egypt through Africa by traders who moved up and down the Nile. Research also shows that the United States has a large population of mancala players, and the traditional mancala game is called Warra. In fact, Warra was still played in Lousiana during the early 20th century. There was also a commercial version called Kalah, which was popularly played in the 1940s.