Summary Mr. Ludo and his coworkers have just finished work, and now he wants to leave the office. Take them round the board, and be the first to get all the pieces home.
Description Type: Board Game
Players: 1 - 4 players
Age: Any age
Game Time: 20mins - 1hr
Developer or Designer: YoAmbulate
Imaginative story premise
Different difficulty levels
Can't be taken on starting square
In one final attempt to find an online Ludo app that is fun to play, I downloaded Mr. Ludo from Google Play, and was surprisingly pleased with the results. Previous versions I have tried, such as Vegetables Parcheesi and Ludo Party, failed to entertain because the traditional board game does not translate well in a digital format. Mr. Ludo, however, have adapted the game slightly, to make it more exciting to play against virtual opponents.
First of all there is a story line. Mr Ludo wants to get home from work, but he can't leave until rolling a six. Once on the playing board, he must get home without being sent back to the office.
There are a variety of modes you can play Mr Ludo in. If you don't have an internet connection, you can play in practice mode, which allows you to play against against the computer. You can set the difficulty level of each computer character. For example, an easy opponent will not always take you off the board when it has the opportunity, and it might not always release a piece from the office after rolling a six. In medium and hard, they have a much better strategy. What is particularly good, is that the difficulty level does not alter the randomness of the die. There is even a percentage bar that shows you how many times you have rolled each number, and it is pretty even.
Practice mode isn't just one level; there are several to unlock, all of which have different environments and player settings.
If you are connected to the internet, then you can play online against other players. To play a game costs coins, which you earn through achievements in the game. If you win, then you get the jackpot.
One of my criticisms about the previous versions of Ludo, is how slow everything is, but that is not the case here. The die rolls quickly, the pieces move quickly, and the music and animation keeps you amused. There is also an Express Mode if you don't have time to play a full game. In Express Mode it is only necessary to get two pieces home, rather than the traditional four.
With leader boards, and your own personal ranking, you are encouraged to keep playing because there is a sense of achievement at the end of it. The only criticism I have is a slight change to the rules when it comes to taking opponent pieces. In Ludo, only one piece is allowed on a square at a time, but in Mr Ludo, players can have multiple of their own. Also, the first square, when you leave the office is now a 'safe' square, meaning if an opponent lands on you, you can't be taken. This can be a relief at times, but also decreases the challenge somewhat.
If you are looking for an online Ludo game, then Mr Ludo is by far your best choice.