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ZHIZHU™! Chain It To Win It!
Our latest game ZhiZhu! is based on one of the world's most ancient games, Nine Men's Morris (Merells). This was a game that spread across the world from the time of the Ancient Egyptians and went under many different names. The founder of 3-4-5 Games, Dahmane Dahmani, knew this game as El Felja while growing up in his native village Ath Saidha, Bejaia, in Algeria.
In this gathering place, villagers gathered to discuss the village's matters and play the El Felja Game
An old rock where the Nine Morris (aka El Felja) is engraved
The Village of Ath Saidha, Bejaia, Algeria where Dahmane found the engraving of the Nine Men Morris game brought to North Africa by the Roman from Egypt
Dahmane realized just how long this game had been a part of the culture there, and how important it had been to his forefathers. Then, upon researching it further, he realized how important this game was to the world's culture overall. This gave him his inspiration for what would become 3-4-5 Games' second game, ZhiZhu!
Did You Know that thereb two editions of ZhiZhu?
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The original Nine Men's Morris game and a rock carving where villagers played El Felja.
After carefully studying El Felja and its mechanics, Dahmane felt that it was still an exciting challenge but needed to be adapted to make it more appealing to modern audiences. Out of that grew ZhiZhu!, with its rounded game space and updated rules. The changes Dahmane made bring new challenges and new fun, while still keeping the wisdom and the culture of the ancient world alive.