Ludo Game

Introduction

Ludo game is a famous board game of Indian origin. The game can be played by minimum two and maximum four players. In Ludo game each player has four tokens. The player has to race his tokens to the finish line. The token moves are dictated by rolls of dice. The player whose tokens reach the finish line first wins the game. Ludo game is originated from Pachisi, an ancient Indian game. Pachisi dates back to 6th century. Mughal Emperor Akbar also played Pachisi. Pachisi was modified to Ludo and patented in England. The game with variations is now player throughout the world.

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Ludo Board

There are four “houses” on the Ludo board. They are typically colored red, green, yellow and blue. The board is square shaped. There are two wide crossed (plus shaped) play space in between the houses. Each arm of the plus has three columns. Each column has six squares. In the center of the all the arms is a square. The square is the finishing line. The square can be reached from all four directions. Second square in the left most column of each house is the starting point of that house. The squares of second column except the first square, belong to the corresponding house. Only tokens of that house can enter than column. That column leads to the finishing square.

Rules of Ludo Game

The game can be played by 2-4 players. The game has different rules in different parts of the world. Some of the common rules of the Ludo game are given below:

  • Each player has a home or base (house). Players select their colors.
  • Each players has four tokens. The tokens must reach the finish line.
  • The tokens move according to rolls of dice. Initially all tokens are out of game.
  • The tokens start moving initially when a dice rolls 6.
  • If the dice rolls 6 thrice consecutively, the token may not move and the turn is passed.
  • If the dice rolls 6, the player can choose to advance an already running token or start moving a new token (which was out of game till now).
  • If all the tokens of a player are out of game and dice rolls a number other than 6. The turn is passed to another player.
  • When an opponent token moves to the same square occupied by another token. The token is replaced by the later one and sent back to home. The token sent back can restart journey when the dice rolls 6.
  • There are certain points (squares) where token cannot replace other tokens. These stops occur after every 8th and 5th square. These squares are marked and have different color than the others.
  • The tokens when reach back home, one square before the starting point, the column leads the token to the finishing line.
  • In this column the token is safe, no opponent token can send your token back.
  • The token can only enter to the finishing column of its house only not any others’.
  • The player whose tokens reach the finish line first wins the game.

Ludo Game Options

Ludo initially started as a board game involving physical board. Later the game was developed in software as well. Different versions of computer Ludo Game are available. Now Ludo Game is available for smart phones as well. Despite the other available options, the actual fun lies in playing on a physical board.

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