Mancala FS5 is a stone moving board game app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It was created by Flipside 5 inc and costs 1.99 for the full version though you can play the basic game for free. This app lets you play Mancala against computers or other human players. This is something that is easy to find in the iTunes app store and yet I have not seen any that actually do better.
The ability to transfer a board game to another platform is not as easy as it might seem. The problem is no so much making the game work although that is important but being able to make it worth both as a one player and a two player game, making it both challenging for the average opponent without making it completely impossible for them to succeed. In a game like Mancala that would be very easy because it is simple enough that you could beat most people simply by doing the math, but on the easy level this never seems to happen and as you go to the higher difficulties it is still possible to win though you can not make many mistakes.
When you open this app you will begin by having some number of stones in each of twelve small gaps. In addition there is a gap on each side. The object of the game is simply to put more of the stones into your side than the opponent. Choose any and you pick up all the stones then put one in each of the slots. If the last stone you place is in your scoring slot you get another turn. More importantly if you end in an empty slot on your side then you capture all the stones on the opposite slot. That is more or less the entire game.
The graphics and sound of this app are easy for the iPhone. You can listen to your own music while using this app.
The controls of this app works very well and I never had any issues with the touch not doing exactly what I wanted.
The greatest weakness of this app is that the game can become a bit routine after a few games.
This app gets four out of five stars because it is a fun game and it generally does a very good job but the truth is it isn’t a game that I would play very much.