The Difference between Eastern and Western Ludo


The game that Americans name Parcheesi (right) is called Ludo (left), which comes from the Latin for "I play". Although as you can see, their boards differ slightly.

It is based on an Indian game, and American English is based on the Hindi term. The English spelling has undergone many changes, with Pachisi occasionally being considered to be the "most authentic." Because Selchow & Righter advertised the game as "the house that Parcheesi constructed," the spelling "Parcheesi" is the one that is most widely known in the US.

A single die roll determines how far each player's four tokens travel in the strategy board game Ludo, which is played by two to four players. Ludo is a variation of the Indian game Pachisi, just like other cross and circle games. The game and its variants are well-liked in numerous nations and go by different names. It is commonly referred to as Ludo in India.

The safe square in each quadrant of the game of Ludo as it is played in the Indian subcontinent is often the square that is fourth from the top in the rightmost column. Usually, a star is used to indicate these squares. When playing Ludo in India, two dice are frequently used, and rolling a 1 also permits a token to enter the game. A player may therefore take a token out and move it six paces if they roll a 1 and a 6.

The board in Denmark and some other nations has eight spots designated with globes and eight with stars. A component cannot be captured in the globes since they are safe areas. With one exception, a player can always enter a piece on a roll of 6 even if they haven't yet entered all of their pieces. A player's piece is captured if it is located in the entry space. The entry areas otherwise operate similarly to the other globe spaces. A piece that would have fallen on a star shifts to the following star instead.

Knowing about Ludo helps you understand why the game known as Clue in America is known as Cluedo in England. Cluedo was the first game because it was created in the 1940s by A.E. Pratt of Birmingham (though he had originally called it Murder). It was sold there as Clue because the US wouldn't get the joke. Other than the names of some of the characters, weapons, and rooms, the game is pretty much the same.

However, there are a few setting variations in the game. Even within nations, boards appear to differ as to whether they define the conservatory as a glass-enclosed space filled with plants or as a music room. More modern boards have illustrations of the room names instead of just blank spaces labelled with the names.

Intriguingly, the Hollywood movie based on the game utilised the names of American characters. The name of the movie was called Clue.