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Bantu

board game

One expert described the board game Bantu as one of the "great games that never made it." In truth, Bantu is one of the first modern (1955) race games that uses neither dice nor a spinner to advance players' pawns. Rather, each player holds four numbered pawns and each moves more or less according to its number. But location in regard to other players' pawns also affects how many squares a pawn may advance. The game appeared at mid-twentieth century in Germany, England, and in the United States where it was manufactured by Parker Brothers. Though given an African design theme, it is a basic, abstract strategy game.

  • Manufacturer: Parker Brothers
  • Material: printed paper | cardboard | wood
  • Origin: Salem, MA
  • Style: race | strategy
  • Object ID: 115.2572
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