Ludo is one of the oldest board games in existence, making it the ideal subject for a mobile game. Ludo King takes the core premise of the original game and gives it an online multiplayer spin.
Ludo and parchisi
Although Ludo is credited as being a British game, it’s based on the traditional Indian game of parchisi. Both games are public domain, meaning anyone can make their own version.
Indian developer Gametion Technologies has jumped on the game bandwagon alongside other notable apps, such as Ludo Master and Ludo Game: Ludo 2020 Star Game. Ludo King outperforms those, however, by incorporating various multiplayer options.
Players pick a color (red, green, blue, or yellow, with orange and purple available if there are five or six players) and start in a preset corner or edge of the board. They then take turns rolling a dice to move their piece. The aim is to get all four colored pieces around the board and into the central triangle first.
Ludo, and therefore Ludo King, is easy to pick up and play. The app caters to local pass-and-play multiplayer, as well as competitions against people from all over the world. There’s also built-in voice chat, a player leveling system, and Facebook integration.
Since Ludo King relies on (virtual) dice rolls, there’s an emphasis on RNG (random number generation). On one hand, this means the game is entirely reliant on luck. On the other hand, it also means that it can seem unfair if a player keeps ‘rolling’ low numbers. Ultimately, the inclusion of RNG means Ludo King provides equal chances to all players to score a six (which grants a free turn). RNG also means no two games play the same way.
Ludo King is free to download, with the option to buy/unlock in-app coins/diamonds for additional game themes. The wealth of multiplayer features is impressive, and you can also play against the computer. If you’re after a competitive adaption of a classic board game, Ludo King is for you.
Should you download it?
Yes. There are ads, but you can remove them with a small, one-time purchase.