Summary Roll the die to get all four of your vegetables round the board before your opponents.
Description Type: Board Game
Players: 1 - 4 players
Age: Any age
Game Time: 30 mins - 1hr 30mins
Developer or Designer: Aleksandar Andreev
Publisher: Aleksandar Andreev
Can't fast forward computer turns
Computer has poor strategy
Ludo is a classic family board game based on a sixth century Indian game called Pachisi. Designed for two to four people, each player has four counters which they have to get around the board.
To release a counter from home base, you need to roll a six, which makes the game just as much about strategy as it does luck. If you roll a six, are you going to release a new counter or get your current piece further around the board?
I once owned this game under the name Frustration!, which is very apt because one aspect of the game is very frustrating. If an opponent lands on the same square as you, then they take your counter off the board, and send it back to home base. Very frustrating if you have nearly got your piece to the finish line.
Ludo Vegetable Parcheesi replicates the classic board game for Android, swapping coloured counters for amusing vegetables, and the playing board for a beautiful allotment patch.
Playing against computer opponents is free, but if you want to play with friends, then you have to pay to unlock this mode.
While playing with friends would certainly be a lot of fun, playing against the computer is frustrating for all the wrong reasons.
First off, although the animation can be initially enjoyable to watch, it is also slow. Unfortunately there is no option to fast forward or skip this animation when the computer is having its turn. For example, if playing against four computer opponents you have to go through the long process of waiting for each to roll the die. At the beginning of the game when someone has to roll a six to start, you can almost lose the will to live.
The second problem is that the computer provides no challenge. It is very poor at strategising which piece to move, never releasing out a vegetable counter from home base when it rolls a six. This means that you can easily get your pieces around the board first.
If you are willing to unlock friend play mode then it is worth trying, but I wouldn't bother just playing against the computer.