What if you had to name a game that requires almost no skills and no brainpower? Yes, there is only one game that will come to your mind, “Ludo”. Ludo is a multiplayer board game usually played by 4 players.
Special areas of the Ludo board are typically coloured bright yellow, green, red, and blue. Each player is assigned a colour and has four tokens in their colour. The board is normally square with a cross-shaped playspace, with each arm of the cross having three columns of squares, usually six per column. The first player to pot all 4 tokens to its respective house wins the game.
When I was around 6 or 7 years old, the moment school bell used to ring I remember rushing back to our house like a happy small bunny with a hungry stomach just to play Ludo with my family. Ludo used to be our daily dose of entertainment back then.
My sister was so good at LUDO, that we even used to fight daily (as I used to cheat, most of the time) and the ongoing game had to stop by my father, just to make us kids stop pulling each other’s hairs. Oh, boy I was truly alive back then.
It’s almost 2 years now, I was away from my family, due to work I used to be in abroad,But due to this COVID -19 the Indian citizens were evacuated from other countries and I was back to India but in quarantine centre for 15 days. It gets pretty lonely out here, My father was seriously mad at me for some reason and we had not spoken to each other for years, till yesterday.
Yesterday something very strange occurred to me, suddenly I remembered my childhood days, how I used to rush to my home to play ludo with my family. It all flashed in front of my eyes as if it reminded me how it’s really like to be truly alive.
Instantly I called my brother, and ask him to let play Ludo online we install Ludo king even my father involve and start play I apologized for what I did in the past, and he was my father after all, How could he hold a grudge against his own son?
Of course, he forgave me, and we talked for hours and hours about how we used to play and fight and laugh like kids.
Eventually, my sister also who lives far away from my parents also joined the game. I still miss our fights though, and I miss how I used to turn the ludo board over when I used to lose. But, at least we are still playing as a family even after we are a thousand miles apart. We are together, as a family.
Here is what I found out, after playing ludo with my family just for a few hours:
It brings laughter and decreases stress
I don’t know about others but this game brought my family back to me. Ludo is a very special game, as there is no ego involved in this game, it is even more fun when you lose. People laugh, pass jokes, communicate with each other while playing it. Which is exactly what’s missing in current video game culture.
Teaches kids how to be a good loser
Remember when you used to lose in this game, does it ever felt bad that, you lost? Did your ego and your skills fail you?
The answer is NO. It’s important for kids to learn how to accept a defeat and keep improving each and every day. It’s always necessary to teach a kid how to be a good loser, then teaching them how to be a winner.
It brings people closer and strengthens relationships
As my story depicts, you should have learned how this simple game brought our family together. It’s always nice to look for a cause to get closer to your family. I can’t say much about other board games but, one thing I can say to you is that “Ludo strengthens the relationships, be it your friends, colleagues even your enemy, it sure does bring people closer.
It teaches social skills and communication skills
Board games like ludo teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying the interaction with others. You will unconsciously connect with people that you play with by means of jokes, fun stories, and sarcasm, and this is exactly what will help you get better at communicating with people.
Improves Focus in Kids
Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. After all, Ludo is a kid’s game and kids love playing it with elders. Chess is another board game that helps to build focus and thinking skills in kids, that I would recommend for kids.
Ludo teaches how to “Never give up”
Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves. Ludo is all about your luck and none about your skills. There is no skills involved in the game which is the sole reason why it is still relevant in 2020.