We offer some simple traditional games that are unique and have historical heritage in Malaysia. These games have been inherited from generation to generation and descend from a world before technology took over civilisation. They bring us outdoors to play together and have fun together. Come and try!
Congkak (Congklak) is a mancala game of Malay origin played in Malaysia. It is a game for two and consists of a board which has several “houses” and “storehouses”. It was considered that a good player will have an advantage in collecting points to win the game when the player calculates a few steps in advance. The objective of the game is to gather as many congkak seeds into the “storehouses” on the player’s side.
Batu Seremban / Selambut
This games was believed to be found and practiced in popular areas of Malaysia and Philippines. Batu Seremban games only need a few pieces of fruit. Rubber seeds, pebbles or small stones, are also commonly used, usually around five or seven seeds.
Gasing / Top
This is a giant spinning top that weighs approximately 5kg and maybe as large as a dinner plate! The player requires strengths, co-ordination and skill to play this game.
Hopscotch is a children's game which originated as a training exercise during the Roman era. Hopscotch squares are drawn onto the playground and players toss a small object into numbered squares and hop through the spaces to retrieve the object.
Marbles (guli) games
There are many games that can be played with marbles. One game involves drawing a circle in sand, and players take turns knocking other players' marbles out of the circle with their own marble. Other versions involve shooting marbles at opponent marbles into holes dug in the ground.
Tug of War
A fun game in which two teams pull against each other at opposite ends of a rope. Enjoy the struggle!