Ludo is an age-old strategy board game that is well-loved by people of all ages. The game gets its name from a Latin word – ludo – and this word translates to “I play”. Ludo traces its origins to an ancient Indian board game called ‘Pachisi’, which has provided countless hours of fun and enjoyment for generations of Indians. Over the ages, countries worldwide have adopted Ludo into their cultures, and it is known by various names today. For those wondering how to play Ludo, the rules of the game are very straightforward. Ludo is played with dice and four sets of colored pieces called tokens. To play the game, players have to race their respective colored tokens from the starting point to the finishing point on the basis of dice rolls. The player who gets all their tokens to the finishing point, before all the other opponents, is the winner. Ludo is a game that has not lost its charm, and the evolution of technology has made it possible for people to play the game on their mobile phones and tablets. This digital version of Ludo can be played at any place and at any time on a handheld device, making it a popular choice in today’s modern world.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you increase your chances of winning:
Be familiar with the rules of Ludo
Arguably the most important tip to keep in mind before getting started with any game is to be well-versed in its rules. To excel at Ludo, one needs to be fully acquainted with and have a thorough understanding of the rules of the game, so that one is in a better position to make strategic decisions. Needless to say, this also helps ensure the smooth and enjoyable game playing for everyone involved.
Get all your tokens out quickly
Ludo is a board game that involves moving one’s tokens in a careful and strategic manner. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to get all of your tokens out and moving as early as possible. When you get the first 6 from rolling the dice, begin getting your tokens out. In order to make significant progress with your tokens, get all of them moving instead of focusing only on one or two tokens. This will also help you have more options available to you as you play.
Cultivate an attacking mindset
It could be said that making an attack is the most thrilling aspect of the game, even when one’s own tokens are at risk of getting captured. However, it is important to keep in mind that the risks must be assessed before any attacking move is made because an uncalculated attack could easily backfire and leave you in a worse-off position than before the move was made.
Keep all your tokens moving
In order to gain maximum advantage over your opponents, it is important to have each one of your tokens in various positions across the board. Therefore, it is extremely important not to run only one or two tokens, as this will reduce your leverage.
Capture your opponents’ tokens
While it is emphatically encouraged that you get all of your tokens out from the starting point and in transit across the board, the objective is not to simply have the tokens in different positions on the board. In order to truly gain an upper hand in the game, capturing your opponents’ tokens sends them back to their ‘home’ bases (i.e., the starting points). In other words, capturing your opponents’ tokens keeps you ahead in the game.
Tactically manage the dice rolls
When playing Ludo online on mobile apps, understanding how specific algorithms for gaming apps work is not always possible. However, you can try to modify the timing of your dice throws to keep yourself ahead of the game. If, for example, you have taken your turns swiftly during the first few turns of the game, it might be wiser to slow things down a little and take your time on your next turn to roll the dice (and vice versa).
Reduce your chances of getting captured
Fun and enjoyable as playing Ludo might be, it is important to remember that the goal is to win. For example, if you are chasing an opponent’s token, try chasing it with more than one token, but remember to keep all of your tokens within six spaces apart as far as practically possible. While trying to avoid getting captured by an opponent’s token (or tokens), try and keep your tokens at a minimum of one space more than six spaces apart.
Take measured risks
While you may naturally feel tempted to make risky moves while playing Ludo, it is best advised that you move your tokens in a calculated, judicious and cautious manner. Make sure that all of your tokens are spread across the board, and move tokens at a lower risk of getting captured, blocked, or cut off by your opponents’ tokens. With these handy and useful tips, you can make prudent decisions and smart moves as you race your tokens across the board. As you apply these tips and tricks, be alert and observant so that your tokens don’t get captured. Know when to attack and when to escape, and most importantly, have fun and enjoy this classic game!