Ludo is a game for two to four players, for ages six and upwards. The game comes with a square board which is divided into four brightly coloured areas - red, yellow, blue and green.
I am a sucker when it comes to spending more on board games when they look extra smart. This has a thick wooden gaming board, none of that folding out cardboard. There's nothing wrong with that I just like to be aesthetically pleased by a product, from time to time, but it really makes no difference to the actual play. The word 'handcrafted' tends to get me to part with my money.
There are sixteen playing pieces, four of each colour. The players pick which colour they would like and then place their pieces in the designated, colour co-ordinated area of the board. The pieces are nice to handle unlike in some Ludo games I've played where you have fiddly counters to manoeuvre.
The aim of the game is to be the first player to have all four of their pieces safe in their own matching coloured 'home'.
You cannot move anywhere until you roll a six on the dice. I've known games where all the other players are happily moving towards the end goal whilst I've been huffing and puffing because I hadn't managed to roll a six!
Once you have thrown a six goes after that allow the player to move forward one to six squares depending on the dice.
If you get a six again you can choose to move your piece forward or take out a new playing piece onto the board. Also, as a result of throwing a six you get to have another bonus go.
Another bonus on rolling out a six is that if you are lucky enough to have more than one piece out on the board in active play then you may divide the six squares between them. You may want to move one piece only one square and the other piece five squares. As you can see this game is excellent for enhancing number skills.
Throw three sixes in a row and you are punished and you must forfeit your go in the next round.
The frustration continues when you roll the die but don't have the exact number to get your piece to the end. You can only get there if you can move the correct number of spaces to finish in your coloured space called 'home'.
But it gets worse - there's your piece, finally out on the board, and along comes the opposition and lands their piece on your square. Back, your piece goes to the beginning, you are trapped again, until you are successfully in throwing a six. There's nothing worse in this game then having waited all that time to throw a six and get out only to be sent back again! You are never safe until you have advanced around the board and have reached the centre, where you are home.
I found this particular product to be easy to pick up the cone shaped pieces. It looks good and has provided fun games. I would say that you need patience and not everyone will be able to endure the frustration. We usually have one game only before moving on to something else.
Normal cost £15.
Current offer in Hamleys is buy one wooden game and get the second half the price. Go on you know you want to!
Ludo is a really fun board game coming from the Latin Ludo meaning "I play". I first got this when I was just 5 years old and was probably the first board game I properly understood. Being a Hamleys set it was a great quality built game.
It is a basic game for 2-4 players. each player starts with four pieces. The aim is to get each player home. To win the game you must be the first player get all your pieces from their base to their home . All players start in their own designated base and you need to roll a six to leave your base and start going round the board. Once on the board the idea is to make your way around the board and get into your home where your pieces will be safe. If you land on another player they have to return to their base and role another 6 to get back onto the board. That is pretty much it for the rules which is ideal for a child who Is starting to play board games.
Inside the game is one big chunky wooden board and 16 pieces in sets of four different colours: blue, yellow, red and green. The pieces are used to follow are track painted onto the board. Each part of the track is a black circle that the pieces sits in the middle of. The board itself is a natural wood colour with painted blue, yellow, red, green to designate different homes and bases. The board is strong and tough and I still have it today. The paint on the board is still bright and has not faded at all. I have lost a few of the pieces but I replace this with other little items around the house.
Last time I saw this was selling for around £15 - £20. I would recommend purchasing as the board lasts forever and it can be passed down (so certainly value for money).
Even now I still play the game (usually with my younger nephews.) But I still find it is a lot of fun.
Well this is an all time classic game that you can also play online for free against other people, I did used to own the board game, but I now play it more online, I find it more fun and you can play it when ever you want.
What you get in the box
16 board pieces, 4 different colours
How many players
This can be played with 2-4 players only, but playing it with the maximum amount of players is always more fun.
How to play
To start the game you first decide what colour you want to play with, then each player rolls the dice, the one who rolls the highest will go first. The hard part is actually starting the game, you have to roll a six to be able to move your piece of ludo out of the box, any time you roll a six you can release another piece and you also get another turn.
You can only move any piece that you have out on the board, and the aim is to try and get the ludo piece back round to your own end of the board, you then have the last few steps to go up, once you get it into the colour markings of you piece, then your piece is safe, but you still have to get the piece home, to do this you have to throw the exact amount of spaces needed to get it home, if this is the only piece you have out you have to keep moving it to the amount thrown on the dice, even if you end up being further away than you was. Once that piece is home you would then have to try throwing a six to get another piece out.
On the way round the board you can knock other players pieces back into their start place by landing on them, but you must land right on them, going past them does not count. The only time you can not do this is when a player has two pieces on the same square, if you land on this then you knock yourself back home.
The aim is to get all four of you pieces home, the person who does this first is the winner.
My overall opinion
I actually still really enjoy playing this, even though I do only play it online now, it is such an easy game to play and it can also keep kids entertained for a while too. The game never ends quickly so you do need to play it for a while, but I have never got bored, well unless I am losing badly lol.
I would recommend playing this game to anyone, it is a game that all the family can enjoy.
I am of a generation which had little option but to enjoy the simple pleasures available to us. Not for me the expensive electronic toys, the computer games, the gadgetry - no, good fun for us as kids was playing simple outdoor games (when it was perfectly safe for us to be out all day without fear of perverts and paedos - nor drugs and knives) and there wasn't an option to plonk us in front of a telly for hours on end.
When we were indoors and children's hour on the telly was over, the family would sometimes gather round the table for board games. One of my favourites from that era was Ludo, so when I saw a whole collection of old board games bundled in one lot at a house clearance auction, the bid went in, the hammer fell and about 6 of these old games were mine for only £3.
The Ludo box was a bit torn and faded but amazingly all the coloured pieces were intact. The board had split a little down the middle but was easily repaired, so when we had a visit from some much younger relations , we settled down to introduce them to the delights of Ludo.
Many dooyooers will remember this game and it is nice to see that it is still available for sale after all these years.
It's all about getting your four counters home faster than anyone else and simply involves rolling the dice and moving your counters around the board. It's great fun when you are able to knock an opponent's counter back into his home ground simply by landing on it and the game can turn quite quickly if the frontrunner gets caught and sent back home.
The game can last quite some time and for a simple game, provides lots of fun. In some small way it mirrors our lives. There are times when you just can't get going, then when you are making progress on a few fronts, something happens and you get knocked back and have to start all over again. C'est la vie!
It's a game which can be played and enjoyed by the whole family. Kids pick up the rules very quickly and can compete on even terms with the adults - there's no 'letting the kid win'.
This is a blast from the past and for once doesn't involve staring at screens or manipulating your digits at breakneck speed on some console game.
Highly recommended 5 stars from me.....even though I didn't win a game all night!
Ludo is a board game that I used to play again when I was younger. My parents used to own a huge selection of games in their cupboard that we'd all play on regularly. This game was almost in the vein of snakes and ladders in that it was an older classic style game. I believe you can purchase this game for around £15 nowadays.
The board itself is split into different sections. There are four sections in total, all of which have a different colour. There was red, blue, green and yellow as far as I can remember. Each player chooses which colour they want to be and then places their four pieces or counter in their particular section on the board. This is where the game begins.
This game is for between 2 and 4 players but I always enjoyed it more when there were more players playing as it was good fun. The game is very simple which can be good so you don't have to think too much about it. In turn each player rolls the dice and they have to try and throw a six as quickly as they can. The reason for this is that you need to throw a six in order to get your first counter moving and out on to the board.
The idea is that you have to get all your counters to the home area in the middle of the board. So you move your pieces about the board to get here and win the game. So now you see how important it is to throw a six quickly to get on the move.
I have to admit I do love these games as much as educational games as they are so simple but addictive. It's so easy to play but great fun for all to play together.
Ludo is a family favourite game, and one I spent many a time playing when I was a kid, mainly at my grandparents house. The game derives from India, and the word 'ludo' is taken from the Latin translation 'I play.' Ludo is not the most complicated game, and can get a little boring for older children, but on the whole it is fun and entertaining and can help children with counting and colour coordination.
If you look at the board in the picture, you can see that Ludo is played on a square board, which is split equally into patterns involving four different colours. 2, 3 or 4 people can play, each one choosing a colour, and it doesn't matter who has which colour - everything is equal. The four small squares in each corner of the board are spaces to place your four counters, which you must then travel through rolling the dice all aorund the board before finishing in your chosen colour's arrow in the centre.
Once you have decided who is going to start, the first player rolls the die. He/she must roll a 6 for their counter to come out of its space to start in the game, and from then on you move the corresponding number of spaces to the die. If a player's counter gets landed on by another player's, then it gets sent back to the start. You can only have one counter in play at any one time. Once your first counter reaches the arrow, you start again with the next, and so on until the first person to get all their counters into the centre is declared the winner.
This is a simple game, relying almost entirely on the luck of the throw of the die. It is traditionally played with just the one die, but if you want a quicker game, by all means use two, although this will mean more people getting sent back to the start. It is quite fun to play with your kids when they are still quite young, especially if they are learning to count or have trouble with colours, as it can help. Slightly older kids will end up getting bored as there isn't much variation to the game and there's not a lot you can do to adjust it to make it more appealing to them. However, Ludo is what it is, and has been a favourite of kids for a long time, and will no doubt continue to be for many years to come.
I recommend this if you have younger kids. Ludo boards are widely differing in terms of style, depending on the company making them, but a traditional and the most basic of Ludo boards can be picked up for around the £5 mark from most stores with a decent range of games.
When buying board games for my children, I tend to buy the older games like Ludo and Snakes and Ladders etc. This year for Christmas I bought a tin of fiveteen games, older games which cost around £9.00 from Symths Toys, but I am only reviewing Ludo.
The Ludo board is split into four coloured sections which are red, blue, green and yellow, so each player chooses which colour they wish to be and then places four counters in the suitable colour section.
Starting the game
The game is for 2 - 4 players and each player has to roll the dice and get a "6" to take their first counter from the coloured section and out onto the board, this apply`s to the other counters as well.
The home area
In the middle of the board there is a white section where each player moves his or her counters around and in the middle of the white section there are coloured sections, these coloured sections are known as "HOME". Each player has to move around the board and the first person to get their counter home is the winner.
I love all these sorts off games, and so do my kids, we have had lots of fun with this Ludo game, this game would suit for 5 years and above and the whole family can enjoy the fun, another good point of this game is that it gets the kids counting, so to a certain degree it is educational and they dont even realise.
Thanks for reading
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As im sure you're all aware of the rules of this game...but never the less i'll explain the aim of the game to all of you that dont. (Like where have you been?!?) This game is for up to 4 players, played on a board (common sense there really!) with 2 dice and 4 counters each. Each player takes a different colour and must get all of his/her counters safely around the board and into "home". If you get the right numbers on your dice and you happen to land on another players counter you can send them home again (just like with the "Sorry" board game (infact view my opinion on that!)) The idea behind the game is simple, and effective. It is definately one of those classic games that just seems to appear in most families! The game will probably not keep you interested for hours on end, but having said that it is a good, simple game to play when theres nothing on TV and you've not got any homework to do! Only disadvantage with it is the fact that its a bit out dated these days - with the more high-tech games around. However its not necessarily a disadvantage as such. Definatly worth purchasing in my opinion!
I adjusted my shades to hide the look of fear within my eyes. I held my breath hoping they may not have noticed what was obvious to me. A bead of perspiration trickled slowly and seductively down my neck confusing my senses. The light flickered and shone on the blue counter, and it seemed to wink back at me. I knew we had known each other in a previous life, once we were both tiddly, but this was a completely different game. One, two, three, four, five. Damn! I watched as the blue counter covered my beautiful yellow one and they lay joined together. Blue winked at me again as he sent my hopes crashing by sending my counter back to the start. I was annoyed and deflated, my pleasant perspiration turned to sweat. I knew I had to do something to remove the sting from the game. I excused myself and trotted off to the bathroom to recover my thoughts, they had to be somewhere. So they wanted to play dirty, well I could play dirty! I adjusted my Wonderbra, undid the top three buttons of my top and hitched up my skirt. I headed back to the game and they watched me as I walked towards them, I could tell what they were thinking. I bent over the table, I was determined to show them a thing or two. I reached over, my nails glistening and silver, and grasped the plastic cup. I worked it up and down, the dice trying to escape, my finger preventing it until I was good and ready. I released my digit and the dice shot onto the board, my heart was pumping. It was a six! I'd done it!! I threw back my head and laughed at their amazement. I moved my final counter to the start, I was up and runing again, nothing could stop me now. You could have captured the atmosphere with a spoon. I sat down on my seat, crossed my legs and observed my lacy stocking tops. I felt well satisfied as I emptied the remainder of the bottle into my glass. They sneered as I took a swig, the familiar liquid rasping on my throat, cooling and pl
easing. This was a particularly good year for Sunny Delight and I felt sure that Sunny was delighted. I glanced down at my legs and silky stockings once more and I couldn't believe there was a ladder. This sort of thing doesn't happen to me. The mouse started to climb the ladder and the choir began to sing: "A little mouse with clogs on, well I declare, going clip clippety clop on the ..." I wobbled nervously on my chair and as I did so fell backwards, six legs akimbo, two of them must have been mine. Thump! I awoke with a jerk (I must stop calling him that) and resolved that I would cut down on supermarket cheap red plonk. What a strange dream! I eased myself out of bed and stood under the shower. As the warm water flooded over my body I recovered my thoughts and returned to the real world. "Ludo", I thought. A dream about Ludo and all because the game was mentioned on the Dooyoo home page. Was it the wine or my addiction* I pondered! Whatever it was I've ended up writing an opinion on Ludo. The spirit of Dooyoo moves in mysterious ways! So to continue: I'll hit you with a 'notta lotta people know that' old fashioned type fact: Did you know that Ludo was evolved from the Indian game 'parcheesi'? I didn't believe it either at first. For strictly research purposes only I played Ludo with two borrowed seven year olds. You know, it's a brain numbing, boring game! OK for kids but definitely not for us grown ups. Each game took us an average thirty-seven minutes, but there were lots of deep and meaningful discussion points as we went along. Two to four people can play, well it's not much fun playing by yourself is it? I think you really need three to make it worthwhile. The idea is to get all your (wo)men/counters 'home' first. You take turns to shake the die (singula
r of dice) and move your counters round a board of squares, depending on the number thrown - throw a five and move five squares (hope this isn't too technical). You keep moving round the board until you reach the home section in the centre. To make it even more amusing, you have to get a 'six' to start and if another player lands on the square, that you are already occupying, then back you go to the start, what a giggle! There are four counters for each player to get home. To clarify a few other bits. You can have all your counters moving round the board, providing you get a six to start off each one (of course). If you throw a six you can have another throw of the die and clap your hands. When we played you had to get the exact number to get home i.e. three squares left then you need to throw a three (of course). The counters are red, blue, yellow and green. I prefer red as they are faster - no not really (this isn't F1, everyone has an equal chance). It all depends on the numbers you throw (of course). I found that shaking the plastic cup a lucky seven times didn't help or make a scrap of difference to shaking it once, twice or any other number you can think of. One fascinating incident, however, left me wondering if there is more to Ludo than I first imagined: I shook the plastic cup four times and threw a four, spooky or what? To play Ludo, if you are now so inclined, you will need some equipment. This can be bought in WH Smith and other good games retailers. You should ask for a box with 'Ludo' on the front. Inside there will be a specially designed board, sixteen counters in four colours, a die, plastic shaker cup and a rules leaflet. Then you are on your own. Kindly note: No responsibility can be accepted for any outcome caused by playing or attempting to play Ludo. If playing in mixed company always take proper precautions, just in case. Enough of all this exciteme
nt, it's results time! Derrr diddle er der, der derrrrr ... For children Ludo is a 6/10 but ... For adults Ludo is only 2/10 To be honest I can't imagine that adults would want to play this game other than with their children. Unless, that is, there is Strip Ludo or something I don't know about. Own up! Are there any Ludo Clubs or Associations out there? Are there any championship matches we should look forward to: Swingers v Anoraks and so on? The children I tried out the game with appeared to quite enjoy it, but they may just have been polite to humour me and I did have crisps, sweets and ice cream. There were a few arguments but the mother of one of the delights told me that this was quite normal. I didn't win any of the games we played so that shows how really silly it is! Not that I'm a bad loser. I wouldn't want to play Ludo (or dream about it) again. I feel it is old fashioned, out dated, well past its sell by date etc. etc. Give me a bit of Taboo any day. ;-> Kay *addiction to Dooyoo, no illegal substances were used in writing this opinion.
Oh wow I can't believe this is actually on here!! One of my very earliest memories is of sitting on my nanna's living room floor at the ripe old age of about 5 or 6 entertaining myself with a game of Ludo!! At that age I thought it was the bee's knee's and to be honest I didn't think it would still be around!! It was/is a pretty basic board game consisting of, the board (obviously!) a range of blue, yellow, red and green counters (extremely similar to tiddly winks, remember them too?) and a dice. Thinking back now the game is quite similar to 'frustration' in the sense your aim is to get all your little counters 'home' before your opponent does... Starting off... Each player starts the game by placing there 4 coloured counters onto the 4 spaces in the corner squares appropriate to their chosen colour... Playing the Game... This is a game for 2 to 4 players or you could go into teams if theres more of you, after rolling the highest number on the dice to distinguish which player goes first (or is that just our household!) you move the amount of squares the dice tells you too...until you reach the final home run of matching colour co-ordinating dots signifying your nearly at winning point!!! (Actual winning point being the quaint little triangles in the centre of the board) Finale... I guess the most frustrating part of this game would be getting the right number on the dice to make each and every one of your counters fit in line with the 'home-straight' finishing line. This can be quite frustrating as as soon as you think you've done it and won the game, you never seem to reach getting the final '1' on the dice to get your last counter home and someone beats you to it!! Oh yes I remember that well! This really is anyones game, and although an early game and quite easily one of the most basics, it is obviously a lasting classic an
d certainly one I can't wait to re-play once my own children are old enough to play! A classic, obviously in the same league as Monopoly if it made it here! ;)
Ludo, on the face of it, isnt a game that will have you on the edge of your seat. However, with a minor alteration to the rules, it can get quite involving. I assume that you know how to play ludo - if you don't then the idea is to get your 4 counters round a course to "home" If any counter lands on another, then the counter that is being "landed on" has to go back to the start. The change that i mentioned earlier is; instead of needing a counter to land on another to send it back to the start, play the game so that if you land on or OVERTAKE another counter, the same rule aplies. If you decide that you can land on/overtake your own counters and not be sent to the start, it gets less irritating. This makes the game last a lot longer, and is good for last minuite wins. Someone who has 3 out of 4 counters home, wont be able to get the the last one if a person with none home keeps over taking him with their 4 counters. This makes games fairer, more interesting, and FRUSTRATING!! (in a good way) The more people who play this game, the more exciting it is, as tatics can come into play (one counter at a time or all at once and hope for the best?) It also makes the game last a LOT longer, so if this type of game annoys you, i suggest you try something else. (i first played this on a "frustration" board, i don't know if that's what the game is called or weather my friends were just making it up as they go along (its always better that way))
This game is something of a classic. Unimaginatively called Ludo...or 'game' if my schoolboy Latin serves me correctly, this is a game for four players, played on a flat board with two dice and four counters each. Each players takes a different colour and must get all of his/her counters safely around the board and into home base. However, this is not simply a case of how high the dice rolls are, but is instead tactical as by landing on another player's counter, you can send it all the way back to the start. The idea behind the game is simple, and effective and has been a family favourite for many years. It was also played aboard ship in the navy(if my memory serves me right) although under a different name there. This is probably not going to enthrall you for ages, but is a good simple game to play when bored and there is little else to do - its also inexpensive and comes in travel versions as well if you can find them.
Ludo is a game well known to most people, particularly those of advancing years. A simple game played by up to four players on a colourful board. But once the Royal Navy got hold of the game, it changed not only it's name but also the way the game was played. Some time before the middle of the last century the game of Uckers was developed in the Royal Navy by her majesty's sailors to while away the off watch hours. There was no telly in them days and precious little radio either so the lads had to do something. In days gone by, before the Rum ration was brutally discontinued, matelots would play a game of Uckers and the losers at the next "Tot Time," would be obliged to offer to the winner, his whole Tot, halfers, gulpers or just simply sippers, depending what was agreed before the game began. In the time honoured tradition, the winner would very rarely accept the full tot but would take a token drink, as he would if offered halfers. Gulpers and sippers were always accepted with relish. After 283 years, 31st July 1970 was the last day when rum was issued to British sailors and no doubt that since then some other form of reward for winning at Uckers has taken it's place. Uckers is played on an ordinary common or garden LUDO board, using the normal LUDO counters and a die and some of the normal LUDO rules with a few very interesting additions and alterations. Uckers is a game for either 2 or two teams of two players. With two players playing Uckers, each player takes two colours, these being in the opposite corners of the board. i.e. Green and Red or Blue and Yellow. With two teams playing, each team takes the opposite corners. The modern LUDO board is ever so slightly different from the traditional board and it only makes a slight difference to the game. The modern board no longer has a relatively safe square situated in the corner between the entry to home and the exit from base. This square is now t
he exit from base. It's absence as a relatively safe haven should not make all that much difference to the tactics of the game but the traditionalists will, no doubt, view the change with mistrust and concern. There is only a slight difference between the 2 player game and the 4 player game. In the 4 player game, although the two players form a team they play independently of each other in so far as throwing the die, moving the counters and tactics is concerned. In all other respects they are a team and are considered as one player. Ludo is a good game but Uckers is even better where not just luck but strategy plays a major role. This is not the place to explain how the game is played so if you want to know how to play the game then go to my web site at:- http://www.jambutty17.freeserve.co.ukKnock on my front door and from the bookshelf in my front room pick the first book on the left on the second shelf. The light blue one half hidden by the table top. The game of Uckers is explained in there.
Ludo is played by up to four players who have to get their four counters around the board to home in the middle. Landing on a square already occupied by anothe counter sends that counter back to start again.