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The game of Mölkky

Open-air Mölkky is a fast-growing Finnish game of skill, combining strategy and conviviality.


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To play Molkky you need :

  •  2 players minimum
  • 1 throwing stick
  • 12 numbered skittles
  • A place with space 

For a better atmosphere, play music and provide drinks.

Setting up Molkky

Before starting a game of molkky, you must first place the pins numbered 1 to 12. 

Placement of molkky pins

The Molkky game begins

When the pins are correctly positioned, the players stand 3 or 4 meters behind. The object of the game is to be the 1st to score exactly 50 points. The person who starts the game is selected from the smallest to the largest (age, height, etc.).
Playerstake it in turns to throw the stick at the pins.
Each throw is counted. Then we pick up the pins that have fallen where they are.  
As the game progresses, it will spread out, complicating throws.
WarningYou are allowed only one throw per turn (unless you miss the pins, in which case you have a maximum of 3). 

How to keep score in Molkky

It's easy to keep score in Molkky.

If a pin is knocked over, the number on the pin is counted. 


  • Chloé knocks down the 8-pin, earning 8 points.

If several pins are knocked down, the number of pins knocked down will be counted.


  • Chloé knocks down three pins, numbers 3, 8 and 9, so only 3 points are scored because she knocked down three pins. 

To win a Molkky game

The first player to reach exactly 50 points wins the game! 
AttentionIf you exceed 50 points, your score will be reset to 25 points! 

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