This Game Is How Old?!
Obviously, computers and phones were not able in the sixth century, but that didn’t stop India from creating Ludo. Actually, the Indian version was known as “Pachisi,” and it wasn’t until the game was adapted by the English in 1896 that it earned the name “Ludo.” Many people still call it Ludo today, but North Americans have branded it “Parcheesi.” Still, even 1500 years ago, the game was not that much different than we know it today. The only difference today being, well, the fact that we can play online with anyone in the world. Maybe that’s why there are so many popular spin-offs of this game in so many countries across the globe. People were so sick of losing to others online, they got their countries to catch up so they could practice more in person! At any rate, if you haven’t heard of Ludo (somehow), you’re in for a treat. Let’s review the rules.
How to play Ludo Legend?
Even if you’re a normally polite person, Ludo is your opportunity to be a little bit rude! Don’t worry, it’s all part of the game. Here’s how it works: each player is associated with a color, and each corner of the board is home to that color. If you’re the green player, for example, you start in the green corner of the board. This area is called the “yard,” and you can’t get your four pieces out of it until you roll a six. For each turn, players get to roll two dice (sometimes one) by simply clicking or tapping. Whatever number you roll, that’s how far you get to move one of your pieces. Your objective is to get your pieces all the way around the board and to the very center of it using the pathway that matches your color. Here’s where the rude (and fun) part comes in: if you land on the same space as another player at the end of a turn, you get to send them back to the start!
Become a Ludo Legend!
A real Ludo Legend can adapt on the fly. Things aren't always going to go the way that you want in this fun kids game, because your opponents will throw you plenty of curveballs to be sure. It seems easy - simply get your four pieces around the game board and into the center. Roll the dice, move your piece, and that's it, right? Not so fast. You’re not the only one playing, after all...
Nobody Said You Had to be Nice
This game comes with a big and exciting twist. If another player lands on the same spot as one of your pieces, you get sent back to the start! There is no room for politeness if you want to win, so hunt your opponents down before they can get you first. You know what really helps? Rolling a six. This will allow you to cover more ground, get your pieces out of the starting zone, and earn extra turns. Good luck with this Ludo Legend game, you’ll need it!