This is a beautiful Nine Men’s Morris game where you attempt to form ‘mills’. A mill is three pieces lined horizontally or vertically which allows a player to remove an opponent’s piece from the game. This game can be played by two players or against the computer. Nines Men’s Morris is also known as Marelles.
Take turns placing men on empty points on the board.
Attempt to line up three pieces to form a mill.
A player wins by reducing the opponent to two pieces or by leaving them without a legal move.
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Nine Mens Morris Game Online Play Instructions
How to Play Nine Men’s Morris
Place all your pieces (Men) on the board and move them to form a line (Mill).
Once you form a mill, you can remove one of your opponent’s men. Break a mill to unlock it.
Your aim is to leave your opponent with either two pieces of no valid moves.
Starting the Game
Click on the wooden play button on the welcome screen to start the game.
Select the number of players.
One player plays against the computer.
Two players can take it in turns.
The game will then show you the rules.
When you’re ready, click the rules to start the game.
Click on a blank circle to place one of your pieces.Pieces are known as “Men”.
The computer will highlight possible moves with a green outline. If nothing happens when you click on a space, it isn’t a valid move.
The controls on the top right of the screen allow you to maximize the screen, turn the sound off, restart the game and quit the game.
Nine Men’s Morris Rules & Game Play Strategy
The game has three phases:
Phase one: Place men on vacant points.
Phase two: Move men to adjacent points.
Phase three: Move men to a vacant point when the player has been reduced to three men.
The game starts with an empty board.
White player starts.
Players take take turns placing their men on empty points.
If a player is able to place three of their pieces on contiguous points in a straight line, vertically or horizontally, they have formed a mill. Once a mill is formed, they may remove one of their opponent’s pieces from the board. However, a piece that forms an opponent’s mill can only be removed if no other pieces are available. Mills are indicted by a yellow line.
After all men have been placed, phase two begins.
Players try to move a man to an adjacent point.
A man may not “jump” another man in this phase.
Players try to form mills and remove their opponent’s men.
A player can “break” a mill by moving one of their men out of an existing mill, then moving it back to form the same mill a second time, or multiple times. This removes the opponent’s man.
When one player has been reduced to three men, phase three begins.
When a player is reduced to three men, there is no longer a limitation on that player of moving to only adjacent points. The player’s men may then “fly” from any point to any other vacant point.
The game ends when a player loses. They lose by either being reduced to two men or by being unable to make a valid move.
Nine Men’s Morris Solver & Strategy
Mobility is the key to success.
Intersections are the most valuable positions as they have the most number of adjacent spaces and therefore the greatest mobility.
Corners are weak as they have few adjacent spaces and therefore the least mobility.
Sides are stronger than corners as they have three adjacent spaces.
During phase one, place your men so that you can form more than one mill. This will give you an option if your opponent blocks one of your potential mills.
Separate your opponent’s men from each other and block their mills.
During phase two, move your men into positions that block your opponent from making a mill, but allow you to form either a single mill or double mill on your next turn.
A single mill is when you move a man out of the mill, and then return it to the mill on your next turn.
A double mill is when you can move a man from one mill and complete a second mill.
For further ideas on Nine Men’s Morris, check out this strategy guide video.
Nine Men’s Morris Trivia
The earliest known board for this game was found in the temple at Kurna in Egypt, 1400 BC.
There are many modern games that are related to Nine Men’s Morris. These include Tic-Tac-Toe, Morabaraba, Kensington and Ghana.
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Nine Men’s Morris Online Board Game: Multiplayer or Computer
This game is rendered in mobile-friendly HTML5, so it offers cross-device gameplay. You can play it on mobile devices like Apple iPhones, Google Android powered cell phones from manufactures like Samsung, tablets like the iPad or Kindle Fire, laptops, and Windows-powered desktop computers. All game files are stored locally in your web browser cache. This game works in Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other modern web browsers.
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