Lambs and Tigers

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Lambs and Tigers Game
Lambs and Tigers.svg
Three variations of empty grids on which this game can be played
GenresBoard game
Leopard hunt game
Setup time< 1 min
Playing time< 1 hour
Random chanceNone
Skills requiredStrategy
SynonymsAadu puli aatam (Tamil), Huli Katti or Aadu Huli Aata(Kannada) or Pulijudam

The Lambs and Tigers Game locally referred as the Game of Goats and Tigers (Tamil: Aadu puli aatam, Telugu: Meka puli aata, Kannada: Aadu Huli aata) or Pulijudam, is a strategic, two-player (or 2 teams) leopard hunt game that is played in south India. The game is asymmetric in that one player controls three tigers and the other player controls up to 15 lambs/goats. The tigers 'hunt' the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers' movements.


  • This is the ancient game played in southern part of India especially in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • The board is drawn on parapet inside the mahadwara of the Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Betta (hill) in Mysore, Karnataka
  • This game helps people to develop strategy and concept of teamwork by teaching that even though weak, if united, one can vanquish the stronger enemy as a team.
  • This game is very similar to the Korean game of Yut.


  1. Aadu Puli Attam (Goat Tiger Game) – Tamil
  2. Puli-Meka / Puli Joodamu (Tiger Gambling) – Telugu
  3. Huli Ghatta (Tiger Game) or Adu Huli (Goat Tiger), Huli Katti (Encage the tiger) – Kannada


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