The serpent game is a two-player jump-and-capture game played by the Zumi tribe in the Southwestern U.S. It's a small version of a game called Awithlaknannai, which can have as much as three times this many spaces. The game is at least 500 years old, and probably older. Each piece can either be moved one space along the lines on the board or can jump a piece to capture it. The objective is simply to eliminate all your opponent's pieces OR to trap them so they cannot move. This is a great little game for kids and families, and ideal for a trip or picnic.