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Zuz Mel (5x5) DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Africa

Category Board, War, Leaping, Orthogonal


Zuz Mel is a capturing game played by children in El Oued, Algeria. This version if played on a 5x5 board.


5x5 board. Twelve pieces per player. Pieces begin in the rows closest to the player, and the two spaces to the right of the central space. Players alternate turns moving a piece orthogonally any distance. A player may capture an opponent's adjacent piece by hopping over it in an orthogonal direction to an empty space immediately on the opposite side of the opponent's piece. Multiple captures are allowed. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Bellin 1964: 52-53.



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Bellin, P. 1964. "L'enfant saharien à travers ses jeux." Journal des Africanistes 33(1): 47-104.



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