iPhone App: The Royal Game of Ur

The Royal game of Ur is an ancient Babylonian game that is about as old as the Great Pyramid itself, literally. It is very similar to the ancient Egyptian game Aseb, and may have been imported to Egypt from Mesopotamia by the Hyksos. This game...

Aseb: Twenty Squares

The ancient Egyptian game of Aseb, also known as ‘The Twenty Squares game’ is one of the oldest known games dating back to about 3000 BC. Boards from the 17th Dynasty have been found, evidence that the game was played for thousands of years. It...

iPhone App: Ancient Egyptian Triad

This iPhone app gives you three ancient Egyptian board games in one: Senet, Mehen and Hounds & Jackals! You can play with your friends with support for 2 or 4 players on the same screen. FEATURES – Gorgeous graphics and multiple graphical themes for each...

Link to Hounds and Jackals

Hounds and Jackals

Hounds and Jackals is a bit like Senet but instead of moving pieces on a board like Senet, the players plug hound-headed and jackal-headed pegs into holes in the board. Thought to be the origin of the modern game of Snakes & Ladders, Hounds and...

Mehen – an Ancient Egyptian Multiplayer Game

Remember Snakes & Ladders? Well, the ancient Egyptian game Mehen is nothing like that, though it does involve a snake. Mehen was played very early in Egypt’s history. Evidence for the game has been found dating from the Predynastic Period to the Old Kingdom (about...

Make Your Own Game of Senet

In the previous post here on Ancient Egyptian Games we looked at the ancient Egyptian game of Senet for the iPhone. This time I am going to help you build you very own senet game board, a replica of the senet game that was found...

iPhone App: Senet

Have you ever played backgammon? Well the ancient Egyptian game senet is much like backgammon. The word ‘senet’ in the ancient Egyptian language means passing and is an apt description of the game which involves moving the pieces around the board in am ‘S’ shaped...