Ludo is a British adaptation of the Indian game Pachisi. It has
somewhat contemptuous been described as an westernized, simplified
and less skillful version of Pachisi, and only suited as a family
or children's game. It is an all-against-all game, which can be
played between 2, 3, or 4 players.
Each player has
four tokens. The entry point is a corner area next to his/her home
track. Only one dice is thrown and tokens only enter upon the throw
of six. A throw of six is also rewarded with an extra turn. The
tokens needs an exact throw to get home.
no partnership in the game, safety zones or blockades. The minimum
of strategy in the game makes it of primary interest to younger
Ludo (and it's variations) are very
popular in large parts of Europe. It is also known as:
- Mens-erger-je-niet (the Netherlands)
- Parchis (Spain)
- Le Jeu de Dada or Petits Chevaux (France)
- Non t'arrabbiare (Italy)
- Fia med knuff (Sweden)
- Parqués (Colombia).
- Eile mit Weile (travelling theme variant from late
Eile mit Weile is popular in Switzerland, as does
its Italian equivalent Chi va Piano va Sano!
was first published in England in 1896 (Ludo is Latin for "I play"
- ludus). The game was patented as patent 14636. A game called
Puchese was published in England as early as 11. April 1862. It is
not known which connection there is between Puchese and Ludo.