Out of all the games played in the streets and on consoles one may be shocked to hear that Ludo is one of the most played board games in Pakistan. The word Ludo is Latin, meaning I play. If you are unfamiliar with this game (which you shouldn’t be) it features racing four tokens across the board.
This game can be played between two or more players. Even though it is being played in many countries in various forms this game has mainly evolved into Ludo plus Snakes and Ladders on the back. The game originated in the sub-continent in the 6th century and was named as Pachisi. The evidence of this can be found in the portrayal of boards on the caverns of Ajanta. This game has been enjoyed by the Mughal Emperors; a distinguished example being Jalaluddin Akbar playing Pachisi using girls from his harem. The game was introduced to the world during the British conquest in the sub-continent and the variant was patented as “Ludo”. The game mostly follows the same rules with a little variation everywhere. The game starts when the players have their four pieces in the big square area of their selected color. A player then rolls the dice and if lands on 6 then he/she is allowed to get their piece out of that area and begin the journey across the board. Here is where you will find variation mostly; people say that their pieces can be beaten by two pieces standing on the same square, where as others say it can’t be. In the beating version there are certain colored stops across the path where your piece will be safe from beating. Then if you have completed your journey across the board then you may enter the final safe place from where your pieces can go home. Hence the player with their all four pieces at home wins. The kids today will never know the fun we had in the days when there was no computer or any gadgets to keep us busy. We had hours of fun while playing this game.