To be victorious in umlabalaba one must be cunning and skilled
at positioning and moving his/her tokens (known as cows) to produce a desired formation as well as to
develop and/or avoid pitfalls.
In order to do this, the player must devise a strategy, react to his opponent's strategy, and be able to
see several moves ahead. Moreover playing the game on a regular basis helps develop those mental skills
(memory, foresight, hindsight, strategy, planning, calculation, prediction, etc.) which are highly
desirable for solving other problems we face in the real physical world.
This game (unlike International Chess) is as easy to learn as tic-tac-toe; but, having a much greater
complexity, requires concentration and extensive practice to be victorious over a competent opponent.
Great oaks from little acorns grow, and in time, even a novice player can acquire the skills of a master
Playing the game of Umlabalaba will enable players of all ages to activate dormant mental processes and
sharpen the mind.
Practice against the computer to hone your skills and confidence. The computer improves as you move
up in rank.
Battle adversaries from around the world in real-time. Challenge your friends or random players in
Increase your status by gaining victory points for waging successful battles
Build your cattle herd through victories, but suffer too many losses and you will pay a dear price.