Mancala World
Inventor: Hajo Bücken,
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: Germany

Quindo is a cooperative mancala game (that is, players have to help each other to chieve a common goal), which was created by Hajo Bücken (Germany) in 1984. It can be played by any number of players and also as a solitaire. The game was published by the "Arbeitsstelle für Neues Spielen" (i.e. Workplace for New Gaming) in Bremen.


The board consists of 10 hexagonal fields, which are arranged in a circle. Each field is connected to the one on the opposite side by a line.

In each field there are initially three counters. There are six colors (called "nature", red, green, yellow, blue and black) with five pieces each, which are placed in any way the players like or in the following manner (on consecutive fields in a clockwise direction):

  • "nature" / red / green
  • green / blue / black
  • "nature" / yellow / black
  • red / green / blue
  • "nature" / red / yellow
  • blue / yellow / black
  • "nature" / red / black
  • red / green / yellow
  • "nature" / blue / black
  • green / blue / yellow

On his turn, a player either moves one piece to its opposite field or sows the contents of one field, one by one, clockwise into the following fields.

When all five pieces of one color are in the same field, they are removed, even if there are still other pieces.

All players win if all colors are removed before the 20th turn, otherwise everyone loses.

Non-cooperative Variant

The player who removes a group of five counters of the same color wins them. The player who captures most groups wins the game.


The two-person variant is flawed. One player is able to prevent his opponent from ever forming a five if he plays in a destructive manner

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