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Parcheesi The Best Game Ever

Updated on September 10, 2016


A Family Game

Some of my fondest memories are the times when my family played Parcheesi together. We would make a big bowl of buttered popcorn set our game up on a table and play for hours. It was one of the first games I remember learning to play as a child. Our game had wooden playing tokens with circular grooves carved into each dime-sized piece. I loved the way they felt when they were pushed around the board.

The object of the game is to make it around the entire playing board back to the home place where the game started. The game begins with each player choosing a colored token which is started in play at it home color-coded space. This make it easy for the player to remember where to begin and end the game.

I can remember the negotiations that went on between my siblings. I seemed that every time we played the game each of us wanted the same color. Since my brother was the oldest he usually made up the rules about how we would choose our tokens. Of course it went by age with the oldest choosing first. It is easy to forget how simple life was then and how the simple task of choosing a playing piece became such a complex issue.

Board games are one of the best ways to pass time and interact with the other players. Those days were time of learning to cooperate with others and testing out strategies for winning the game. These are some of the best times I shared with my siblings and when I time of them I am back in my childhood home without a care in the world.

How to Play Parcheesi

Board Styles and Storage

Commercial Parchessi game board have changed over the years as have the tokens and shaker cup. This is way many people find making Parchessi collection so much fun. Collectible game can be easily found in second-hand stores, garage sales and online.

Some people like to displace game board like a picture and hang them on their walls as decoration. Sometime shadow box frames are used with the board only being displayed while the other game pieces are hidden behind the board.

These displays make bright and colorful decorations which are great for kids rooms or recreation rooms. They can be easily removed from their frames to be played. They are simply returned to their hanging space once the game is over,

Parchessi Board Game

Play Parchessi

Simple board games from from long ago, still have a place in the modern world. Parchessi is one of the easiest games to learn and fun for the entire family. I remember getting my first Parchessi Game for my 9th birthday. One of my friends from the old neighborhood game it to me at my birthday party.

That night my brothers and sister and I played it for the first time. Once we read the instructions we set up the board and began to play the game. We decided that I would get to choose my token first, so I chose the red one. Then my brothers and sister chose theirs. It was very exciting to have and activity we could all play together. Once the game got going the fun began.

I remember playing close attention so I wouldn't miss my turn. We had our own rule that if you didn't take your turn quickly after the next player you lost your turn. This came about from other games we played when the next player wasn't paying attention. We used to play checker a lot back then.

The game move quickly and we had time to play several more before dinner time that evening. After we did the dishes we returned to the game and played until we were told it was time to put it away and get ready for bed.

Wooden Parchessi Board

The Rules in a Nutshell


  1. the game requires 2,3, or 4 players.
  2. piece enter the track by throwing a 5.
  3. one piece is entered per play unless a double 5 is rolled, then 2 tokens may enter.
  4. all blue spaces are safe spaces and token may not be captured.
  5. no pieces may pass when to of the same color token is on the same space
  6. to win the game all of your tokens must enter you home space.


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    • GeoffSmith LM profile image

      GeoffSmith LM 

      4 years ago

      We call it Ludo :D It's an awesome game. Did you know in some countries they call it "Don't get mad" or something like that. And there is a good point to that. When I used to be a kid and played it with my grandmother she always tricked me and I always got mad. Today we have some touch screen tables in some pubs and we usually play it. It has new features like teleportation and it's really amusing even after so many years.

      Still... Uno is my favourite game!

    • Tim Bader profile image

      Tim Bader 

      4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Funny, it's called "Ludo" in the UK and I have fond memories of playing it when I was a kid.

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      4 years ago

      I haven't seen this in years!!!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      We play this game all the time with our grandson, he is 7 years old, we have so much fun. Thanks great review.

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      4 years ago

      I love Pahrcheesi. You made me go look in the game cupboard, and sure enough I do have a game tucked in there. So tonight will be Pahrcheesi night. Thanks.

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      4 years ago

      Pahrcheesi was one of my favorite board games to play with my siblings when I was a child. Oh, I was the oldest and got to choose my game token first, too!

    • sousababy profile image


      5 years ago

      I've never actually played Pahrcheesi - but I know lots of folks who have (do).


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