What Are The Similarities Between Ludo, Pachisi, & Parcheesi

There is a reason why people always think that the 3 different board games (Ludo, Parcheesi, and Pachisi) are same.

Key Similarity Between The Ludo, Pachisi, & Parcheesi:

Parcheesi and Ludo are 2 games played on a board which looks very similar because they were inspired by the game Pachisi (an Indian ancient game). All of these games have the same goal. There are 4 players with a different color of token – Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green. Every player has 4 tokens and their main goal is to take all of their tokens to respective home (finish line) before other players.

The truth is the games are quite a lot different in nature.

Pachisi gained popularity as a cross and circle cloth board game in the 17th century. It is still played around the world. The game was usually played among a maximum of 4 players and minimum of 2 players with small tokens. They were required to move their tokens around the board from the starting point to the end. The person who is able to move all the tokens before other players to the finishing line becomes the winner of that game.

In this game, you have to throw 6 or 7 cowrie shells and based on the shell number that faces up and shell number that faces down, you have to move your token particular number of spaces. The word Pachisi means 25. In this game, 25 is the highest number you can roll.

Pachisi was initially played not just among kids but also among the bettors of that time. As this game gained huge popularity, it was being played all across Asia (India, Pakistan, China, Spain, Korea, France, Morocco, Colombia, and Germany). People developed different versions of this game. Most of these countries changed the name as well as certain rules of the game. However, the similarity and nature of these games are clearly visible.

How Ludo and Parcheesi Gained Popularity?

With time, people started playing different and better versions of this game. Thus, Pachisi’s popularity declined. Two games which are still popularly played online as well as offline is Ludo and Parcheesi.

Ludo in Latin means ‘I win.’ It was created in London in 1896 and was completely inspired by Pachisi.

Parcheesi was developed in America in 1870 by Parker Brothers and Winning Moves.

Ludo and Parcheesi are a bit different in look from Pachisi because of the following changes which were required:

  • Instead of using traditional cowrie shells, players have to use a dice and a dice cup.
  • You have to play this game on a cardboard-based board rather than a cloth.

What are the changes in Ludo and Parcheesi?

The board in Ludo is designed in a way which can guide you from the starting point to the end. There are arrows which will guide you to move your tokens in the right direction. (It is important to know when you are playing Ludo offline as your tokens won’t move automatically).

Parcheesi game has a simple board which includes the similar design of the original version.

In Ludo, players can only use one dice and must get 6 to start the token’s journey to its home.

In Parcheesi, you have to use 2 dice and must get 5 to start the journey. You can also add the outcome of the two dices to start your game. For instance, you can also start your token’s journey by getting 2+3 or 4+1. Thus, you can move your tokens more quickly and there are more chances of getting your desired number.

In Ludo, you get additional chance to roll your dice when you kill another player’s token or move one token inside the home.

In Parcheesi, you get 20 additional moves for killing another player’s token and 10 additional moves for moving one of your token inside the home. However, you can only use these moves when your another token is outside and can move the required number of times. You can’t move your token if other players have blocked your token’s way or the token is too close to home to move that number of times.

Regardless of these small changes, the two-game are similar.

4 thoughts on “What Are The Similarities Between Ludo, Pachisi, & Parcheesi

  1. This was quite an interesting article because I use to play a similar one when I was little. It used to be called “Ludo” and it had the same principles, and the same board. It’s astonishing how games “travel” from one country to another and get different names.

  2. This sounds awesome and really caught my attention. This looks like an awesome game to play! I want to try this too.

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