Mancala World
Inventor: (?), 2009
Variant of: Kalah
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: USA

Armada is a spiced-up variation of Kalah. It was published in 2009 by SalemPirates (USA) for the Apple iPhone. The implementation is filled with colorful graphics and fun sound effects. The author of the game was not revealed by the publisher.


One player controls the Spanish Navy, while his opponent owns the Pirate fleet. The holes are considered to be "harbors", the stores are "home ports". The seeds are called "ships", the contents of a hole are known as a "fleet".

Initially there are four ships in each harbor. They move and capture similar to the game of Kalah. However, to make the game more interesting, two random events can occur during the course of the game:

  • If the Dutchman Sighted event occurs, the Pirate player gets a free turn.
  • If the Gold Ship Arrived event occurs, the Spanish player gets the free turn.

Events are optional and their frequency can be adjusted.

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