Similar to modern Ludo game, Pachisi(in hindi) is considered as one of the oldest games of India. It is usually played on a cross-shaped (cruciform) game board made of cloth.
In this game, Four players in opposing partnerships of two attempt to move pieces around a cross-shaped track. Moves are determined by throws of cowrie shells or dice. Each player has four pieces, which begin at the center space, move down the middle track nearest the player, and counterclockwise around the outer track of the board. The game is also referred to as Chausar or Indian Ludo.
1. Can enhance your strategic thinking and planning
2. Looks like a modern Ludo
3. Comes with colorful coins and attractive design
4. Consider as a oldest game in India
5. Can play with 1 to 4 (max) players
Different regions have given it different names which include other more familiar ones like Chaupad in Hindi; Pagade (Kannada); Parcheesi (English – USA); Sokkattan (Tamil); Pagdi Pat (Marathi) to name a few. There is also a belief that this game may have been a precursor to the modern day board game-Ludo. The next time you decide you want to indulge in exercising your mind in a board game; try beating your opponent in the ways of the kings by playing Chausar.