Biloba is an abstract strategy board game for 1 to 4 players. At each turn
the player moves pawns on a octogonal shaped board (but squared cells)
trying to remove opponent's pawns from it. The game is free software, licensed
under the GPL.
Biloba currently works on Windows, GNU/Linux and Nokia Internet Tablets (n8x0 series).
Biloba is also available pre-packaged in various Linux distributions, like Debian, Ubuntu, Mandriva,
SuSE, Gentoo, and maybe more. Simply use your normal package manager to install Biloba.
If you want to compile Biloba from the sources, you will need SDL, SDL-image, SDL-mixer, and their
respective development packages.
How can I play Biloba?
Biloba includes an AI opponent for single player mode, and supports local or
network play for 2 or more (up to 4) players.
Goal: Eliminate your opponent(s)' pawns.
Moving, taking and replacing:
A pawn can move by jumps of one tile, in any way.
One can jump over any pawn, one at a time, but never backwards.
To take out an enemy pawn, one must place two of his pawns on each side, in a vertical,
horizontal or diagonal axis.
The pawn is then taken out of the board, and replaced by one of the two pawns that took
If more than one enemy pawns are taken in a same move, they'll be all taken out of the
board before doing the replacement.
If replacing a pawn lets you take out other ones, they must be removed first, and followed
by more replacements.
Taking pawns is mandatory when possible, and unlimited.
If a player is forced to take pawns at the beginning of his turn, he makes his take, his
replacement, and his turn is over.
If he can take a pawn while it's not his turn (in 3 or 4 players games), he'll wait for his
turn, and make his take if it is still possible.
A player's turn is over when he did all the possible takes and replacements.
The tile at the center of the board is special. It allows to move again on one of the seven
free adjacent tiles.
One can't stop on the special tile.
The special tile is not accessible by jumping over a pawn.
End of game:
The winner is the one who's the last to have at least three pawns on the board.
As soon as a player only has two pawns left, and he can't take an opponent's pawn out just
after, he loses and his pawns are put out.
If, after having lost his pawn, he can take another pawn with doing a move, it's a draw.
How do I play against the computer?
Click on one of the players' type to switch from Human to CPU.
May I play at three or four players if I'm on my own?
You can set a three or four players game and switch Human to CPU for all your
Is there a box version of this game?
I'm planning on having Biloba edited, or edit it myself. Patience is a virtue!