With the popularity of Netflix Squid game growing second by second, it’s easy to think what kind of game Latinos would play if they had the chance to play their own version of the game. And while some might be similar to what many have seen on Squid game, there are many games that are unique to our communities and our people. From 1, 2, 3, Momia Es to Sapo, here are five Latin games to play in the version of our communities Squid game!
Dominos, Puerto Rico
Dominoes as a game have tons of different variations. But I’m going to go with the one I grew up with. This variation of Puerto Rico follows the same basic style of using the provided tiles to start a matching game. The person who gets rid of all his dominoes, in a game of chance and intelligence, wins.
This game is based on a legend from the Inca era when a magical inhabitant of Lake Titicaca granted wishes to those who offered him gold coins. The board game in turn has a wooden box with a toad on top. The toad’s mouth is open, and the top of the box has many holes that the player can throw coins into, with the toad being the hardest.
1, 2, 3 Momia Es, Panama
This game is basically the same as Red Light, Green Light aka the game played in the first episode of Squid game. A player faces a wall or an object of their choice. While the player’s back is turned, all the other players move forward. When the main player has finished saying “1, 2, 3, Mummy Es” they turn around and everyone must stand absolutely still like a mummy. The only difference with the Squid game version is that if you move, you go back to the beginning.
Bolas Criollas, Venezuela
Bolas Criollas is said to have its origins in an Italian game named Bocce after immigrants settled in the area. It is so popular in Venezuela that some even play it professionally. The game consists of a small ball thrown on a level ground. Each team should throw their biggest balls near this small ball. The closer you get, the more points you receive.
Trompo is the only game that, if it had a Squid game version of it, I would absolutely fail. Because it’s not just a matter of wrapping a small rope around a top and spinning it. No, Trompo’s goal in parts of Ecuador is to dislodge a disc that’s placed on a rock platform using your spinning top. In addition, the better the top, the more expensive it is.