See also: Mancala Games (SPOV article).
Many important mancala games are missing (e.g. Alemungula, Bohnenspiel, Bulto, Kalah, Oh-Wah-Ree, and Ruma). Not a single modern game is described. In fact, less than 20% of all mancala games are covered by the book.
The descriptions are often misleading. Russ frequently confuses clockwise with anticlockwise or fails to give the correct board size. Several mistakes and omissions appear to result from using unreliable sources. Only about half of the games are correctly described. Furthermore, several games are misspelled and there are also errors in regard to the cultural background (e.g. Vai Lung Thlan isn't played in Assam, but in Mizoram).
The following table only includes traditional games:
|Correct Description||Wrong Description||Incomplete Description||No Description|
| Anywoli |
Bao la Kiswahili (as "Bao Kiswahili")
Kisolo (as "Kisolo (Cisolo)")
Layli Goobalay (as "Leyla Gobale")
Oware (as "Wari")
Sadéqa (as "Sadeqa (Western Ethiopia)")
Vai Lung Thlan
| Aw-li On-nam Ot-tjin (as "Ot-tjin") |
Mefuvha (as "Mofuba (Mefuvha)")
Toguz Korgool (as "Toguz Xorgool")
| Adji-boto |
Omweso (as "Mweso")
Songo Ewondo (as "Songo")
| Alemungula |
Bao la Kimasai (*)
|*||Not yet described in any literature at the date of publication|