Shell games

Participating in this week Sunday Stills photography challenge ‘Games’

The ‘Shell Game’, one of the most traditional indoor games we use to play a lot as kids which is similar to ludo game. The Cowrie Shell serves the purpose of Dice, we throw it up and the pattern it forms while falling on ground determines the points. Basically the game is of 5 x 5 square rows and columns (as per diagram) with Safe Zones. Here players race their 4 tokens against each other in an anti clock direction to reach the centre safe zone to win the game. Whenever a token of current player reaches the same square (other than safe zone) where another person’s token is already placed, the current player has the right to eliminate other person’s token from the board with a second chance to score. The only place where two persons tokens can be together are safe zones.


Every point moves the token forward

1 shell up and other 3 down is 1 point or a chance for a single token or an eliminated token to enter the game board

2 up is 2 points

3 up is 3 points

4 up is 4 points + chance for 2 tokens or eliminated tokens to enter the game & a second chance to score again

4 down is 8 points + chance for 4 tokens or eliminated tokens to enter the game & a second chance to score again

Only the player who is able to eliminate at least one token of another person qualify to enter the centre path towards centre or final safe zone to finish

Shell game board



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